Successes & Messes: A new MLB player keeps his eye on the ball

Japanese hitting and pitching star Shohei Ohtani stayed focused on his unconventional goals during negotiations to enter American baseball—even as league rules worked against him.

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It’s been 100 years since Major League Baseball (MLB) had a superstar at both hitting and pitching in its ranks—namely, Babe Ruth. With teams rewarding specialists, players rarely have the talent, drive, and freedom to successfully multitask as so-called two-way players.

That’s why excitement was so high this winter when 23-year-old Japanese hitting and pitching phenomenon

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