Ohtani Donates Derby Dough To Angels

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Shohei Ohtani donated his winnings from this week’s Home Run Derby to members of the Los Angeles Angels’ support staff.

Ohtani was selected as the first Japanese player to participate in the Home Run Derby, where he also became the first one in All-Star Game history to be selected as both a pitcher and a hitter.

ESPN reports Ohtani donated the $150,000 he received to more than a couple of dozen people, including clubhouse staff, trainers and members of the media relations department.

The two-way Japanese sensation handed out the checks before the Angels’ game Friday night against the Seattle Mariners, the outlet reports.

Ohtani threw a perfect first inning and was 0-for-2 in the AL’s 5-2 victory on Tuesday. He was the top seed in Monday’s derby but was eliminated in the first round after he lost a swing-off to Washington’s Juan Soto.

The Mets‘ Pete Alonso won the derby and took the $1 million prize, while Baltimore’s Trey Mancini was second and took home $500,000.

Written by Megan Turner

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