Shohei Ohtani

Every so often, an idea, a movie, or a person, comes along to challenge my preconceptions. Shohei Ohtani, the Japanese Baseball superstar, is an example of this.

I’m a casual baseball fan at best but I love watching Shohei. Most players opt to double down on their strengths through specialization. Either focusing on pitching or hitting. Shohei is a two-way player, one of the best pitchers and batters in the league.

Shohei’s a generalist beating specialist in their specialty. Something I still struggle to understand. Perhaps it’s our society’s obsession with specialization.

March 24, 2023

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