Seattle Mariners rumors: Front-runners for Shohei Ohtani

TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 12: Shohei Ohtani
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 12: Shohei Ohtani /
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TOKYO, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 12: Shohei Ohtani /

Exciting times ahead for the Seattle Mariners, if they can land Ohtani.

These are exciting time for the fans of teams still in contention for Ohtani. Fans of the Mariners and Padres are particularly excited about the possibility.

On the other hand, fans of the teams that are eliminated aren’t pleased, and it appears that Yankees fans are taking it the hardest. The Daily News has Ohtani on the cover with the words “What a chicken!” in bold print.

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If you want to be disappointed in humanity, watch the video here (NSFW) of some of the responses from the more disgruntled Yankee fans out there. The milder comments about Ohtani include the words “mental midget” and “soft.”

One fan hopes he “fails miserably” and another hope “they hit you [Ohtani] in the head.” The harsher comments had plenty of expletives. Apparently, hell hath no fury as a Yankee fan scorned.

To be fair, this is probably the worst of the worst as far as fan reactions go. Surely, there were plenty of Yankee fans who took the news with dignity and class rather than malice and spite.

One of the reasons Ohtani may have decided against the Yankees is the time difference. A game starting at 7 p.m. in New York begins at 9 a.m. in Japan. A 7 p.m. start in Seattle is a 12 p.m. start in Japan.

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Ohtani is making a decision of a lifetime. Some people have claimed that he’s going about it in a way that will make one team love him and 29 hate him, but that shouldn’t be. No matter where he signs, MLB fans should be happy to have him playing where we get to watch him on a regular basis for whatever team he ultimately chooses.