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Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani holds his American League Player of the Month trophy after being presented with it prior to a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Friday, July 16, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Ohtani donates HR Derby winnings to Angels' support staff


Shohei Ohtani donated his winnings from this week's Home Run Derby to members of the Los Angeles Angels' support staff.

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Ohtani donated the $150,000 he received to more than a couple dozen people, including clubhouse staff, trainers and members of the media relations department.

The two-way Japanese sensation handed out the checks before the Angels' game Friday night against the Seattle Mariners. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Ohtani has not commented on it.

Besides becoming the first Japanese player to participate in the home run derby, Ohtani was the first player in All-Star Game history to be selected as both a pitcher and a hitter. He threw a perfect first inning and was 0 for 2 in the AL's 5-2 victory on Tuesday.

Ohtani was the top seed in Monday's Derby but was eliminated in the first round after he lost a swing-off to Washington's Juan Soto.

Pete Alonso of the New York Mets won the Derby and took the $1 million prize. Baltimore's Trey Mancini was second and took home $500,000.

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I like almost everything about this guy. Giving money to the help staff. Pure gold.

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Well done Ohtani san. A good example of generosity for all to follow.

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The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Ohtani has not commented on it.

Baller move.

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Giving is good! You like to see it!

His bosses need to be following his example for a change. Angels are valued at $1.975 billion.

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Class move, Ohtani-san

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Pure class. And the Angels are getting him for a song.

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This is great. Many of these people were laid off by the Angels last year during the COVID shutdown. (Some American baseball teams kept employees on the payroll to ensure they had medical care, but Mr. Moreno just fired the lot of them.) So they could use a small bonus or profit-sharing like this.

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Unlike the players on pro sports teams, staff members tend to underpaid and leave quite often. My parents have gone through many season ticket reps since they became season ticket owners. Gotta love Ohtani. He has never been about the money but followed his heart. This is why he left early and chose which MLB team to play on instead of waiting to get paid tens of millions per season.

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Seriously, who would down vote this? I'm not a fan of Shohei but at least I'll give him good credit for being a good guy here.

Just think, if Shohei did something bad to offend someone or committed a crime, there would be four times as many responses here.

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Ohtani is a good guy, absolutely. Refreshing to see an athlete not be a prima donna, and do things to help others with no ulterior motives.

The center of attention at an all star game in MLB, it was amazing how he performed under pressure of the spotlight, and he made things fun and interesting.

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The word impressive comes to mind.

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