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Shohei Ohtani and the quest to rewrite baseball's record books

Purist warrior monk rises above a game consumed by greed and entitlement

Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani, the American League's starting pitcher for the MLB All-Star Game on July 13 in Denver, throws during the first inning.   © AP

TOKYO -- Everybody in the United States and Japan is talking about Shohei Ohtani, the Japanese baseball player who migrated to America and hit his major-league-leading 42nd home run Monday.

In his fourth season, Ohtani was the first man in history to be selected for the midseason Major League Baseball All-Star Game as both a pitcher (voted in by the players) and a batter (voted in by the fans), and to take part in the home run derby as well. This has never happened before.

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