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City of Los Angeles names May 17 Shohei Ohtani Day

LOS ANGELES, May 18 (MLB) - or as long as Shohei Ohtani plays for the Dodgers -- which will be at least for the next decade -- May 17 will be known as “Shohei Ohtani Day” in Los Angeles County.

Earlier on Friday, Ohtani was honored at Los Angeles City Hall and was presented with the resolution. Members of the Dodgers front office and manager Dave Roberts were in attendance as the council recognized Ohtani with the honor for his athletic achievements and “historic impact as an Angeleno of Japanese descent.”

While the event took place in the morning, Ohtani returned to Dodger Stadium in the afternoon just to do what he does best: Crush baseballs. He celebrated his first Ohtani Day by hitting an opposite-field two-run homer off right-hander Frankie Montas to help the Dodgers beat the Reds, 7-3.

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