Shohei Ohtani was the first Japanese player to get a hit in his first at-bat since ... Yu Darvish?
One of the bigger storylines baseball fans were excited to follow this season was the debut of two-way Japanese player Shohei Ohtani. And they didn't have to wait long to see him in action.
In the top of the second inning during the Angels-A's game on Opening Day, Ohtani smacked a single to right field:
That's impressive. And can you guess the last Japanese player to have a hit in his very first big league plate appearance? Why, starting pitcher Yu Darvish, of course:
Shohei Ohtani is the first Japanese player since Kosuke Fukudome to hit in the first PA of his major league debut- Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) March 29, 2018
The last Japanese player to hit in his first MLB PA? Yu Darvish, who got a hit in the first PA of his first interleague game https://t.co/uT1YCLGGMn
Just as we expected.