Shohei Ohtani delivers, wins MLB pitching debut

    Shohei Ohtani in his major league pitching debut against the Athletics on Sunday in Oakland.

    Story highlights

    • Ohtani made his pitching debut on Sunday
    • On Thursday, he went 1-for-5 as a DH

    (CNN)He was on the road Sunday, but it didn't matter. The buzz still was palpable in Oakland, California, as 14,644 fans turned up at the ballpark to see the rookie known as the Japanese Babe Ruth.

    They steadied their cell phones to get images of him, while others held up his Los Angeles Angels jersey and signs written in Japanese.
    According to, 240 members of the Japanese media were in attendance. Fans tuned in from Japan local time at 5 a.m.
    For Shohei Ohtani, it was showtime.

    In elite company

    It's been estimated that Ohtani's value could be worth as much as $200 million, though the Angels are only paying the Japanese star the league-minimum salary of $545,000 per year due to the MLB's collective bargaining rules.
    Ohtani, however, did pocket a one-time signing bonus of $2.3 million.
    While the cameras clicked and mobile phones were trained on Ohtani, the 23-year-old member of the Angels, who had made his major league debut on Thursday as a designated hitter, took the pitching mound for his first major league start.
    Ohtani is attempting to do what many think is impossible: play in Major League Baseball doing both.
    On Thursday, Ohtani singled in his first at-bat, going 1-for-5 at the plate. He joined Hideki Matsui, Kaz Matsui, Tsuyos