Watch Japanese two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani throw the fastest pitch in NPB history
Perhaps you're familiar with Shohei Ohtani, the dinger-mashing, flamethrowing two-way sensation for Japan's Nippon Ham Fighters. If by some chance you've missed each of the many times we've gushed over him, here's a quick overview: Wistful odes to #PitchersWhoRake aside, Major League Baseball typically has a divide between its hitters and its pitchers. Japan has Shohei Ohtani.
This season, Ohtani has put up a 2.06 ERA with 142 strikeouts over 118 innings as a starter ... while blasting 22 dingers and posting a 1.036 OPS at the plate. He threw 31 pitches between 98-101 mph in a game back in June, then proceeded to win the NPB's home run derby in July. And during his start against the Orix Buffaloes on Tuesday, he managed to hit 164 km on the radar gun -- that's roughly 101.9 mph, and is the fastest pitch in NPB history:
For those keeping score at home, that pitch broke the previous record held by ... Ohtani, who hit 163 km in early June. In the same game in which he extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Because baseball is that easy, apparently.