Baseball was once America’s past time and produced icons like Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays. But these days the sport doesn’t have many stars. Mike Trout was the best player for 10 years but most Americans wouldn’t recognize him if they saw him.
Compare this to Lebron James or Patrick Mahomes. But in Ohtani, the Angels have one of the league’s two genuine superstars. Everybody knows Aaron Judge but they also know the Japanese star. Meanwhile, he’s a legend in the Far East with many Asian fans traveling to L.A. because they want to see him play (via AP News).