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Ruthian
ベーブ・ルース(20世紀前半に活躍したスター選手)のような
rookie
新人選手(後出 Rookie ... Year と rookie honor は新人王のこと)
plate
打席
two-way
(ここでは)投打の二刀流の(後出 dual も同意)
overwhelming
圧倒的な
elbow
ひじ(の)
injury
けが(後出 get hurt はけがをする)
stymie
妨害する
first-place vote
1位票
Baseball ... America
全米野球記者協会
4-2
4勝2敗(後出 ERA (= earned run average) は防御率、 strikeout は三振)
inning
start
先発出場
designated hitter
指名打者(後出 bat .285 は打率2割8分5厘を得る、homer は本塁打、RBI (= run batted in) は打点、OPS (= on-base plus slugging) は出塁率と長打率を足した、打者を評価する指標)
outfielder
外野手
praise
称賛
singular sensation
ひときわ優れた評判の人
a chorus of ~
一斉に湧き起こる~
sprained ... ligament
内側側副靱帯(じんたい)の損傷のこと(後出 Tommy John surgery はその靱帯の再建手術の通称)

Ruthian Rookie   

Los Angeles Angels' Ohtani Shohei was rewarded for a Ruthian season at the plate - and on the mound.

Baseball's best two-way player since Babe Ruth, Ohtani was an overwhelming pick for American League Rookie of the Year on Nov. 12 despite an elbow injury that stymied his switch from Japan to the major leagues and likely will prevent him from pitching next year. Ohtani received 25 first-place votes and four seconds out of 30 for 137 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

"Of course, getting hurt is never a good thing. ... I was able to fight through it." the 24-year-old right-hander said through a translator. "I was just kind of disappointed I wasn't able to play a full season."

Ohtani, who left the Nippon Ham Fighters to play in the major leagues, was 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA and 63 strikeouts over 51 2/3 innings in 10 starts. As a designated hitter, he batted .285 with 22 homers and 61 RBIs and a .925 OPS in 367 plate appearances.

He is the fourth Japanese player to win a rookie honor, following Nomo Hideo in 1995, Sasaki Kazuhiro in 2000, and Suzuki Ichiro in 2001.

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr., who was named National League Rookie of the Year, had high praise for Ohtani. "He is incredible," Acuna said. "He can pitch and hit at a high level. So I want to congratulate him on receiving this award."

A singular sensation who earned a chorus of praise for his dual success, Ohtani became the first player since Ruth in 1919 with 10 homers and four pitching wins in the same season.

He didn't play from June 7 to July 2 because of a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, an injury the Angels were aware of when they signed him for a $2,315,000 bonus last winter.

Ohtani had Tommy John surgery on Oct. 1 and hopes to be able to help the Angels at the plate next season. He probably won't take the mound again until 2020.

"Everything's going well," he said. "We're right on schedule, maybe even a little ahead." (AP)

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