The Japanese superstar also possesses unbelievable mental strength. It’s easy to forget that he has endured injuries and adversity in his career. 2020 was a frustrating season because an elbow injury kept him off the mound. Meanwhile, he also underwent Tommy John surgery in the past (via Sporting News).
In 2023, he faced the procedure again after damaging his UCL. But fortunately, surgeons were able to find another solution. Furthermore, his ability to motivate himself while playing for the Angels despite their sorry state. Ohtani refused to drop his high standards and continued punching for the stars. That’s why he’s an in-demand free agent right now.