Ohtani lands on Time's 100 list

September 15th, 2021

has been compared to Babe Ruth throughout this season, but now the Angels’ two-way star has something in common with President Joe Biden, entrepreneur Elon Musk and music artist Lil Nas X.

Ohtani joined those and other luminaries on TIME Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of 2021, which was released Wednesday. Ohtani was placed into the “Icons” section, alongside the likes of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and his profile was penned by 14-time All-Star Alex Rodriguez.

“If you were to Frankenstein every unique talent into one player, you’d get Shohei Ohtani,” Rodriguez wrote. "He has the power of Bryce Harper, the pitching of Max Scherzer and the speed of Trea Turner.”

Despite a hitting slump that dates back to the start of August, Ohtani still ranks second in baseball with 44 home runs and is fifth in OPS+ at 157. As a pitcher, Ohtani owns a 3.36 ERA across 115 1/3 innings. His strikeout-minus-walk rate of 20.1% ranks inside the top 30 among starters with at least 100 innings pitched. His 7.7 bWAR leads all players.

“Not only is he incredible on the field, but off the field, he’s a gentleman,” Rodriguez wrote. “His teammates have only good things to say about Shohei, and he is great with the media and fans, too. You can tell he is a hard worker, from his improvement year to year and his vertical-jump increase to the career year he’s put together in 2021.”

Ohtani is just the second baseball player to appear on TIME’s list (Chien-Ming Wang was on the 2007 list in the Heroes & Pioneers category). Just another accomplishment by a player whose talent transcends baseball.