The “Two-way Player” Fever in Japan and the United States?

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The “Two-way Player” Fever in Japan and the United States?

In Japan, baseball is the most popular sport, along with soccer. This year, Japanese pitcher OHTANI Shohei was selected as the MVP, the highest honor in Major League Baseball in the United States, the birthplace of baseball. In modern baseball, it has been common knowledge that players play either as a pitcher or a hitter, but Ohtani has defied common sense by playing both, the so-called two-way style. He went 9-2 as a pitcher, hit 46 home runs as a hitter, and also stole 26 bases, an incredible record. With the emergence of Ohtani, the popularity of baseball was revived, and even those who had not been interested in baseball before became interested. This phenomenon also occurred when NAGASHIMA Shigeo, a third baseman, appeared on the Japanese baseball scene in 1958. Nagashima was a college home run leader, and in his first year with the Giants, he recorded a three-hundred batting average, a sign of a class hitter. He also became the home run king, and a baseball boom ensued. In addition, Ohtani also has elements of another superstar, first baseman OH Sadaharu, who holds the world record for home runs, with 868 in total. Oh is a legend of both Japanese and Taiwanese heritage with a Taiwanese father. To honor his achievements, the People's Honor Award was established in Japan and he became the first recipient. The Japanese government also approached Ohtani about receiving the People's Honor Award, but he turned it down, saying it was too early. Otani has also been picking up trash at baseball elds, and his personality is also highly regarded.

日本にほん
nihonn
Japan
では、
deha,
in
野球やきゅう
yakyuu ha
baseball
サッカーさっかー
sakka-
soccer
to
with
ならび、
narabi,
along
もっと
mottomo
the most
人気にんきのある
ninnki no aru
popular
スポーツすぽーつ
supo-tsu
sport
です。
desu.
is
今年ことし
kotoshi,
this year
野球やきゅう発祥はっしょう
yakyuu’hasshou no chi,
the birthplace of baseball
アメリカあめりか
amerika
the United States
no
in
メジャーリーグめじゃーりーぐ
meja-ri-gu
Major League Baseball
de
in
日本人にほんじん
nihonnjinn no
Japanese
大谷おおたに翔平しょうへい
ootani shouhei
Ohtani Shohei
投手とうしゅが、
toushu ga,
pitcher
最高さいこう
saikou no
the highest
栄誉えいよである
eiyo de aru
honor
MVPえむぶいぴー
emu bui pi-
the MVP
ni
as
えらばれました。
erabare mashita.
was selected
近代きんだい野球やきゅう
kinndai’yakyuu
modern baseball
では、
deha,
in
選手せんしゅ
sennshu ha
players
投手とうしゅ
toushu
a pitcher
to
or
打者だしゃ
dasha no
a hitter
どちらか
dochira ka
either
de
as
プレーぷれーするのが
pure- suru no ga
that play
常識じょうしき
joushiki to
common knowledge
されてきました
sarete ki mashita
it has been
が、
ga,
but
大谷おおたに
ootani ha
Ohtani
その両方りょうほう
sono ryouhou,
both
いわゆる
iwayuru
so-called
二刀流にとうりゅう
nitouryuu
the two-way game
de
by
常識じょうしき
joushiki wo
common sense
くつがえ
kutsugaesu
has defied
活躍かつやくをしました
katsuyaku wo shi mashita.
playing
投手とうしゅ
toushu
a pitcher
de
as
9きゅうしょう2はい
kyuu shou ni hai,
nine [wins] - two [losses]
打者だしゃ
dasha
a hitter
として
to shite
as
46よんじゅうろく本塁打ほんるいだ
yonnjuu roku honnrui'da wo
forty-six home runs
はなち、
hanachi,
hit
さらに
sara ni
and also
26にじゅうろく盗塁とうるい記録きろくするなど、
nijuu roku tourui wo kiroku suru nado,
stole twenty-six bases
しんじがたい成績せいせき
shinnji gatai seiseki wo
an incredible record
のこしました。
nokoshi mashita.
he went
大谷おおたに
ootani
Ohtani
no
of
出現しゅつげん
shutsugenn
the emergence
de
with
野球やきゅう人気にんき
yakyuu’ninnki ha
the popularity of baseball
復活ふっかつし、
fukkatsu shi,
was revived and
これまで
kore made
before
野球やきゅう
yakyuu
baseball
ni
in
関心かんしんのなかった
kannshinn no nakatta
who had not been interested
そう
sou
those
mo
even
関心かんしんちました。
kannshinn wo mochi mashita.
became interested
この
kono
this
現象げんしょうは、
gennshou ha,
phenomenon
1958年せんきゅうひゃくごじゅうはちねん
senn kyuuhyaku gojuu hachi nenn
nineteen fifty-eight [year]
ni
in
日本にほん
nihonn no
Japanese
野球界やきゅうかい
yakyuu'kai
the baseball scene on
ni
on
長嶋ながしま茂雄しげお
nagashima shigeo
NAGASHIMA Shigeo
三塁手さんるいしゅ
sannrui'shu ga
a third baseman
登場とうじょうした
toujou shita
appeared
ときに
toki ni
toki ni
mo
also
こりました。
okori mashita.
occurred
大学だいがく
daigaku no
college
ホームラン王ほーむらんおう
ho-murann ou
a home run leader
だった
datta
was
長嶋ながしまは、
nagashima ha,
Nagashima
ジャイアンツじゃいあんつ入団にゅうだん
jaianntsu nyuudann
(and) with the Giants
1年いちねん
ichi nennme
his first year
ni
in
一流いちりゅう打者だしゃ
ichiryuu’dasha
a class hitter
no
of
あかしといわれる
akashi to iwareru
a sign
打率だりつわり
daritsu sann wari wo
a three-hundred batting average
記録きろく
kiroku.
he recorded
さらには
sara niha
also
ホームラン王ほーむらんおう
ho-murann ou ni
the home run king
野球やきゅうブームぶーむ
yakyuu bu-mu ga
a baseball boom
こりました。
okori mashita.
ensued
さらに
sara ni
in addition
大谷おおたには、
ootani ha,
Ohtani
もう一人ひとり
mou hitori no
another
スーパースターすーぱーすたー
su-pa-suta-,
superstar
通算つうさん
tsuusann
in total
868本はっぴゃくろくじゅうはっほん
happyaku rokujuu happon no
with eight hundred sixty-eight
ホームランほーむらん世界せかい記録きろく
ho-murann sekai’kiroku wo
the world record for home runs
motsu
who holds
おう貞治さだはる
ou sadaharu
OH Sadaharu
一塁手いちるいしゅ
ichirui'shu
first baseman
no
of
要素ようそ
youso
elements
mo
also
ねています。
kanete i masu.
has
おう
ou ha
Oh
台湾人たいわんじん
taiwannjinn no
Taiwanese
ちち
chichi
a father
wo motsu
with
日台にったい
nittai
(of ) Japanese and Taiwanese
両国りょうこく
ryoukoku no
both
chi wo hiku
heritage
レジェンドれじぇんど
rejenndo
a legend
ですが、
desu ga,
is
その
sono
his
功績こうせき
kouseki wo
achievements
たたえるために、
achievements
to honor
日本にほん
nihonn
Japan
では
deha
in
国民こくみん栄誉賞えいよしょう
kokuminn'eiyo'shou ga
(of ) the People's Honor Award
創設そうせつされ、
sousetsu sare,
was established and
だい1回いっかい受賞者じゅしょうしゃ
dai’ikkai jushou'sha to
(he became) the first recipient
なりました。
nari mashita.
was
大谷おおたにたいして
ootani ni taishite
Ohtani
mo
also
日本にほん政府せいふから
nihonn’seifu kara
the Japanese government
国民こくみん栄誉賞えいよしょう
kokuminn'eiyo'shou
(receiving) the People's Honor Award
no
about
打診だしんがありました
dashinn ga ari mashita
approached
が、
ga,
but
大谷おおたに
ootani ha
he
はや」すぎる
“haya sugiru”
it was too early
to
saying
受賞じゅしょう
jushou wo
it
辞退じたいしています。
jitai shite i masu.
turned it down
グラウンドぐらうんど
guraunndo
baseball fields
de
at
ごみを
gomi wo
trash
ひろ
hirou
Otani has been picking up
その人柄ひとがら
sono hitogara
his personality
mo
also
評価ひょうかされています。
hyouka sarete i masu.
is highly regarded

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