Shohei Ohtani Wallops 162-Foot Home Run, Highest Ever Recorded In Statcast Era

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This man is about to be massively paid — and we’re talking massively.

Shohei Ohtani hit a home run Sunday, one that left not a single doubt that it was a bomb.

In fact, it was such a knock that it was historic.

“I kept waiting for it to hit somewhere up on the scoreboard. Then I saw the metrics,” said Los Angeles Angels manager Phil Nevin. “I haven’t seen many like that. He’s special, and we see something new each day with him.”

The Japanese superstar hit a home run off Colin Rea that reached an incredible 162 feet above the field, which is the highest on record ever since Statcast started keeping up with the number in 2015. Ohtani‘s seventh home run of the season was off a 85.9 MPH cutter from Rea, with the ball being hit with a 114.3 exit velocity and a 39 degrees launch angle. The shot also had a hang time of 6.98 seconds, landing 413 feet away in deep center field.

“I watched it,” said Rea. “I knew it was gone.”

We’ve already been seeing through the news cycle how Shohei Ohtani wants to test free agency after this season and he could potentially get paid $65 million per campaign (if not more). It’ll most certainly be historic.

And man, could you imagine the bidding war that this is going to create? (RELATED: Seattle Kraken Eliminate Colorado Avalanche From Playoffs, Only Team To Beat Defending Champions In First-Ever Series)

Because you’re going to have the Los Angeles Dodgers involved, either the New York Yankees or New York Mets (if not both, it all depends on their relationship with each other for Ohtani), I could also see the San Diego Padres getting in the mix with the way they spend now … Lord have mercy, the entertainment value is going to be incredible.

And when the smoke clears, Ohtani is going to be sitting on a giant stack of cash.