So the reasons Shohei Ohtani signed with the Angels remain a mystery, hidden somewhere behind his boyish smile and camouflaged by his polite diction.
There were no major revelations at Ohtani’s introductory news conference Saturday, as the two-way player from Japan reiterated what his representatives said in a written statement the previous day, which was that he felt a connection with the team.
The designated-hitter rule?
“It wasn’t a big part of the decision,” he said in Japanese. “National League, American League, it didn’t really matter.”
The West Coast?
“I came in with open feelings,” he said. “I wanted to make sure I didn’t disrespect any of the...