Will Shohei Ohtani become baseball’s first $500-million man?
The 28-year-old former MVP is set to hit free agency following the 2023 season. The Los Angeles Angels aren’t interested in any trade talks, and while they will certainly do everything in their power to bring him back, Ohtani may simply want to leave for greener pastures. Just how much green is the question. Unnamed executives around the league think he could command the biggest MLB deal in history, but will someone actually give him half a billion dollars? It’s hard to imagine a player being more valuable to his team than Ohtani given that he is the best two-way player baseball has seen since Babe Ruth. This winter alone, MLB front offices handed out over $3.5 billion in new contracts, so don’t be surprised when Ohtani breaks the bank around this time next year.
Which brings us to today’s quiz of the day. In MLB history, only 29 players have earned both Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors over the course of their careers, an exclusive club that Ohtani is part of. So with that in mind, how many can you name in five minutes?