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First look: Japanese star Shohei Ohtani arrives at Angels camp

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Ohtani gives reporters a glimpse of his power (0:20)

Japanese star Shohei Ohtani arrives at Angels camp and takes batting practice. (0:20)

Shohei Ohtani's arrival at the Los Angeles Angels' spring training facility Tuesday consisted of a rush of media attention followed by a light toss.

Wednesday offered fans a better look at the 23-year-old two-way player from Japan, as Ohtani showed off his bat during the Angels' first official pitchers and catchers workout, then later addressed a throng of media.

ESPN was in Tempe, Arizona, tracking Los Angeles' offseason splash.


Meeting the media

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Ohtani not feeling pressure

Shohei Ohtani says through his interpreter that he isn't feeling the pressure everyone is talking about and is excited for everyone to see that the Angels were the right choice for him.

Shohei Ohtani press conference under way. Interesting answer so far: "I've been playing golf and basketball with my teammates the last week." Not sure Angels brass will appreciate the hoops games going on.

Pedro Gomez, MLB98d ago


Taking the field

Shohei Ohtani just went off to the back fields at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Naturally, a mad rush followed him there.

Jerry Crasnick, ESPN Senior Writer98d ago

Ohtani fans at Angels camp.

Jerry Crasnick, ESPN Senior Writer98d ago

Shohei Ohtani takes the field on the Angels first official workout day.

Pedro Gomez, MLB98d ago

Shohei Ohtani doing PFP (pitchers fielding practice) on first day of Angels camp.

Pedro Gomez, MLB98d ago

Shohei Ohtani just took his first rounds of batting practice in a steady rain on a back field at Tempe Diablo Stadium. He hit a few solid line drives to the outfield and some medium fly balls in his first two turns in the cage. Then he loosened up and cranked some balls over the fence. It's a nice, fluid swing.

Jerry Crasnick, ESPN Senior Writer98d ago

Towel draped over his left shoulder, Shohei Ohtani walks across the diamond after completing his first official workout as a member of the Angels. Despite a steady rain throughout, fans show their appreciation for the Japanese phenom and Ohtani responds with a hand gesture.

Charles Moynihan, ESPN Producer98d ago

After pitchers fielding practice, dual threat Shohei Ohtani took his turn in the batting cage.

Charles Moynihan, ESPN Producer98d ago


Tuesday's arrival

Large throng of Japanese media awaiting Shohei Ohtani's arrival at Angels spring training home in Tempe, AZ

Pedro Gomez, MLB99d ago

Shohei Ohtani won't have his first official Angels workout until Wednesday, but it's never too soon to be a fan.

Pedro Gomez, MLB99d ago