American League manager Kevin Cash is going all-in with Shohei Ohtani in the MLB All-Star Game, and Major League Baseball is letting it happen.
It was announced Monday that Ohtani would serve as starting pitcher for the AL team in Tuesday’s game. Not only that, but Ohtani would also serve as the leadoff hitter in the game. This was made possible thanks to a rule change made by the league that will essentially allow the AL team to treat Ohtani as two different players.
Cash explained that MLB had tweaked the rules after much lobbying and would treat Ohtani the pitcher and Ohtani the hitter as two players, as he was voted to the team as a pitcher by his peers and into the starting lineup as a DH by the fans. That means Ohtani will be allowed to pitch, then can remain in the game as a DH even after he is removed as pitcher.