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MLB makes Shohei Ohtani the face – and voice

MLB makes Shohei Ohtani the face - and voice

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani runs the bases after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a spring training game against the Dodgers at Angel Stadium on Sunday. (Ashley Landis / Associated Press)

Shohei Ohtani, the face of baseball? Of course.

Shohei Ohtani, the voice of baseball? Here we go.

After a season of unrivaled accomplishment of pitching and hitting, Major League Baseball is deploying the Angels star as its marquee pitchman. In a 30-second ad saluting the start of the new season, the league features such stars as Ohtani, Mookie Betts and Trea Turner of the Dodgers, Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals.

Only one player speaks in the ad: Ohtani, in English.

The league also produced versions of the ad for Spanish-speaking and Japanese-speaking audiences. According to the league, the Japanese version uses subtitles — so, even there, Ohtani would be heard speaking English.

Ohtani captivated fans around the world last season, in particular…

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