All about Shohei Ohtani’s marriage, Wife, and Children

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Shohei Ohtani . Photo: Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty

All about Shohei Ohtani’s marriage, Wife, and Children—

Shohei Ohtani nicknamed “Shotime”, is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB).

He has previously played in MLB for the Los Angeles Angels and the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). Because of his elite contributions both as a hitter and as a pitcher, a rarity for two-way players, Ohtani’s peak is widely considered among the greatest in baseball history, with some comparing it favorably to the early career of Babe Ruth.

Considered early on as an elite two-way player, Shohei Ohtani was the first pick of the Fighters in the 2012 draft. He played in NPB for the Fighters from 2013 through 2017 as a pitcher and an outfielder, and won the 2016 Japan Series with them. The Fighters posted Ohtani to MLB after the 2017 season, and he signed with the Angels, soon winning the 2018 American League (AL) Rookie of the Year Award.

Following an injury-plagued 2019 and 2020, Ohtani had a 2021 season widely considered to be historic, as he became the first in the history of MLB with 10+ home runs and 20+ stolen bases as a hitter and 100+ strikeouts and 10+ pitching appearances as a pitcher in the same season, while also holding at least a share of the major league lead in home runs in 14 starts.

For his efforts, he was awarded the 2021 American League Most Valuable Player Award. He followed this in 2022 by becoming the first player in the modern era to qualify for both the hitting and pitching leaderboards in one season, reaching the thresholds of 3.1 plate appearances and one inning pitched per game with 586 at-bats and 166 innings pitched.

Shohei Ohtani completed yet another historic campaign in 2023, becoming the first player in MLB history with 10 wins and 40 home runs in a season, the first Japanese-born player to win a major league home run title, leading the American League with 44 home runs, the first player in MLB history to win MVP by unanimous vote twice and the first Japanese player to have the most popular Major League Baseball jersey sales.

After the 2023 season, Ohtani signed a 10-year, $700 million contract with the Dodgers, the largest contract in professional sports history.

Internationally, Ohtani represented Japan in the 2023 World Baseball Classic, winning the MVP Award for the tournament following Japan’s victory over the USA. The final game was one of the most-watched baseball games in history, culminating with Ohtani striking out Angels teammate and USA captain Mike Trout on a full count, securing a 3–2 win and Japan’s third title.

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About Shohei Ohtani marriage and wedding

Shohei Ohtani is married!

on February 28, 2024, the two-time MLB MVP surprised fans by announcing that he has tied the knot with a woman from Japan who is “very special” to him.

No other details about Ohtani’s wedding was given in the post, which said he would address the press the following day.

On social media, congratulatory messages poured in after Ohtani made the announcement in his post on Instagram, which got one million likes in less than an hour.

But quite a few were also heartbroken that the Japanese nation’s sweetheart was no longer available.

“Shohei Ohtani is married. This is the worst day of my life,” one post read.

“I am so happy for him and congrats to him and his wife. I love that he was able to announce it on his own and on his own terms,” another post read.

Ohtani, who is in the US for training, also received well wishes from his team.

“When you have a baseball game and a wedding to get to on the same day. Congratulations to Shohei Ohtani on his new marriage,” the LA Dodgers said in a post on X, accompanied by a video of him in action during a game.

“Isn’t it amazing that this woman was able to get in his strict schedule and successfully got married?” one social media user wrote.

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About Shohei Ohtani wife

Shohei Ohtani described his wife as someone “who is very special to me” but did not disclose her identity.

“Two people (plus one dog), we’ll grow together,” he told his seven million Instagram followers.

In addition to his caption, which was written in English, Ohtani also shared a message to his fans and the press in Japanese alongside a photo of his dog, Decoy.

According to a translation by the Associated Press and CNN, the Los Angeles Dodgers player asked the media not to reach out to his family or friends in an attempt to find out more information about his new wife.

Ohtani also said he would share more details in an upcoming interview, according to the outlets.

Shohei Ohtani Children

As of the time of publishing this article (March 2024), Shohei Ohtani has no children.

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