Another major problem is that this affects Ohtani’s legacy. It’s ridiculous but people will judge the Japanese star because of his lack of World Series success. There’s no denying that he’ll make it to Cooperstown but it will be much easier for fans to forget him. Short-term memories are very common and it will become fashionable to downplay his success.
The Angels have a responsibility to bring him to the next level and help him to become a contender. But they’re full of empty promises and false dawns. It’s a shame and hopefully he doesn’t have too many regrets when he retires. He will have many individual accolades but not the team glory he craves (via InsideHook).