One of the benefits of signing Ohtani is that he will bring legions of diehard fans with him. The Sasakawa Sports Foundation discovered that he is the most popular athlete amongst 12 to 21-year-olds in Japan. Remember, baseball is the East Asian nation’s favorite sport (via NPR).
Franchises will be desperate to secure the commercial gains that Ohtani offers. He transformed the Angels into an international tourist destination because Japanese fans were desperate to see their superstar in action. Even people who don’t follow baseball love Ohtani and how he represents The Land of the Rising Sun.