Tim Salmon

A phenom, yet still a rookie, Shohei Ohtani's third start is charmless

A phenom, yet still a rookie, Shohei Ohtani's third start is charmless

For the three giddy weeks, he was Babe Ruth.

In one sobering hour, he reminded everyone he is still merely a babe.

In the legend of Shohei Ohtani that has dominated this young baseball season, conveniently ignored was the part about him being 23, and the part about him being a rookie.

Both things were written across his pained face Tuesday when the truth couldn’t lie and the honeymoon didn’t last.

In a sold-out Angel Stadium, he came up empty. In the most anticipated appearance by an Angel here in years, he lasted two innings. By the time the fans had battled the traffic and filled up the seats, Ohtani was on his way out.

After winning games with both his bat...

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