Jul 17, 2021 - Sports

Shohei Ohtani's All-Star jersey draws six-figure bid

Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the National League during the 91st MLB All-Star Game
Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the National League during the 91st MLB All-Star Game. Photo: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Bids for the jersey Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani wore during the All-Star Game this week have significantly outpaced those of other players in an online auction to benefit MLB Charities.

Driving the news: The top offer for Ohtani's signed jersey was $111,120 on Saturday afternoon. The next closest player's bid sat at $5,010.

  • He has more than double the number of bids on his uniform than the next closest player belonging to San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Ohtani has 100 bids as of Saturday afternoon while Tatis has 40.

The big picture: The bidding comes days after ESPN commentator Stephen Smith claimed Ohtani, who is from Japan, shouldn't be the face of Major League Baseball because he uses an interpreter.

  • Smith doubled down on his comments before apologizing.
  • Ohtani is the first player to be named an All-Star as both a pitcher and designated hitter.

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