Should Shohei Ohtani stop pitching forever?
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Should Shohei Ohtani stop pitching forever?

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Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani tore his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), requiring Tommy John surgery in the offseason and ending his pitching season. However, he has continued hitting and is on pace to finish with a .294 batting average and currently has 19 home runs. Some think that the wear and tear of pitching is too stressful on him and he should stop before it cuts his career short. Others think he needs to continue and be the two-way star everyone looks up to. What do you think? ⚾

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Shohei might be on the shelf for a while after he gets Tommy John surgery, but that doesn't mean he should give up on pitching altogether. He has too much talent to give up and let it go to waste. Before he went down, he had a 3.31 ERA and had one of the most unhittable pitches in baseball. Once he comes back from Tommy John surgery, he'll be back and better than ever. 

Here's Zachary D. Rymer with more on why Ohtani should stop pitching and concentrate on hitting:

Tommy John or no, it would indeed be a damn shame to let his golden right arm to go completely to waste in the future. Maybe, just maybe he could stick to hitting except for when the Angels need him to moonlight as a late-inning fireman.
But since the logistics of that would be a nightmare—how and when would he warm up?—the best thing the Angels can do is groom Ohtani for right field.
Depending on what happens with Kole Calhoun's 2020 option, there might be an opening out there after 2019. Ohtani's arm is perfect for the job. And as the second-fastest Angels regular behind only Mike Trout, his speed would also make him a difference-maker on defense.
It would be a better story if Ohtani came back from his elbow woes and fulfilled his destiny as Major League Baseball's first two-way superstar since the Bambino himself. But he and the Angels will be pushing their luck if they keep insisting on a pitching career. Knowing that he could be one of the game's great sluggers and perhaps one of the game's great right fielders, why bother?
The bat works better than the arm. Take a hint.
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