DENVER -- Two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani hasn’t stopped impressing people all season, and that includes those at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
After a hot start to the season in which he hit .279 with an MLB-leading 33 home runs and pitched to a 4-1 record with a 3.49 ERA, Ohtani became the first player in All-Star Game history to be selected as both a pitcher and a hitter. In the game itself, Ohtani pitched a perfect first inning, earned the win and went 0-for-2 at the plate.
Ohtani already has other items in Cooperstown from this season: a cap and helmet from the first time he hit and pitched in the same game on April 4, and a bat from his first home run, said Jon Shestakofsky, the Hall of Fame's vice president of communication.
Ohtani also has an elbow guard and a shin guard from 2018, his first MLB season, in Cooperstown. Shestakofsky said the Hall often requests Ohtani's objects because they are important for baseball history and the Hall is honored to have received them.