Angels' Shohei Ohtani breaks Hideki Matsui's home run mark before All-Star break

Ohtani hit his 32nd home run of the season off Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez in the fifth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-4 勝利. His league-leading 32nd dinger set a record for most home runs in a single MLB season by a Japanese player and drew a response from another great, Hideki Matsui, whose record he broke.

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Thirty-two home runs in a season is just a passing point for a hitter like Shohei,” Matsui said in a statement. “I was once considered a long ball hitter in the Majors, but I believe that he truly is a long ball hitter. さらに, he is an amazing pitcher. He exceeds what is considered conventional for a Major League player and there is no one else like him. I hope he continues his success this season as he carries the hopes and dreams of many fans and young children.

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As a baseball fan myself, I can’t wait to see what he is able to do next.

Ohtani said it was ahuge honor to do something he’s done.

Matsui hit 31 home runs with the ニューヨークヤンキース に 2004, but Ohtani surpassed the mark in 81 games before the All-Star break.

Ohtani has clobbered 15 home runs in his last 20 ゲーム.

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