Shohei Ohtani played his first career game in Seattle on Friday night when the Los Angeles Angels visited the Mariners, and the fans in attendance did not exactly give him a warm reception. He hit.329 in his first season with 37 home runs, winning Rookie of the Year honors and finishing fourth in MVP voting.
Pujols and Beltre are the only Dominican-born players to reach the milestone.
With Rookie Shohei Ohtani dominating numerous headlines surrounding the team and Superstar Mike Trout having an excellent start to the season, people are forgetting one of the big storylines in Anaheim. Of the 19,246 players who have been on Major League Baseball rosters, 0.02% have reached these milestones. The next closest player to 3,000 is Miguel Cabrera, who is more than 300 hits away.
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Those cheers turned to boos when Ohtani was announced.
Play halted as the Angels came out of their dugout, timidly at first and orderly throughout, congregating around Pujols for a procession of hugs and helmet slaps. The Mariners believed they had a shot at landing the Japanese star last off-season, only to see him choose a division rival. With Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki stepping away this week for the remainder of the 2018 season, Beltre is the only active player with more hits than Pujols. He threw 5 1/3 innings and matched a season-high with four walks.
All signs are that Ohtani will return the mound for the Angels on Sunday.
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