2018 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2018 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim / Franchise: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim / BR Team Page
Managed by Mike Scioscia
There was one undeniable point of focus at the start of the 2018 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim season: Japanese signee Shohei Ohtani. He was trailed by a horde of reporters during all of spring training as, already a huge star in Japan, he was attempting to become the first prominent two-way player in the major leagues since the days of Babe Ruth. His spring results were pretty bad, but when the regular season got underway, he was all that had been promised - and more. he singled on the first pitch thrown his way when starting at DH on Opening Day, march 29th, won his first game as a pitcher with a solid start against the Oakland Athletics on April 1st, then homered in three consecutive games the following week before retiring the first 19 batters he faced in winning his second start on April 8th. His superhuman performance contributed to the Angels getting off to their best start since [1982 Angels|1982]], as they won 9 of their first 12 games. They were leading the majors with 79 runs, 128 hits and 20 home runs at that early point.
Awards and Honors
- All-Star: Mike Trout
- Wil Leitch: "Why the Angels' 6-man rotation won't last: Eppler, Scioscia hoping to offer smooth transition for new ace Ohtani", mlb.com, February 22, 2018. 
- Bob Nightengale: "How the Angels worked this weird winter to perfection", USA Today Sports, March 7, 2018.