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Shohei Ohtani criticized for lack of hustle, not running out fly ball

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Angels slugger Shohei Ohtani is arguably the best player on his team not named Mike Trout, so he can sometimes reap the benefit of that by taking it a bit easy at times.

And that’s exactly what he did during Tuesday’s game against the Indians, when he fouled out to left in the sixth inning of the game. The thing is that the ball fell just a few feet from the line, and had it been fair, Ohtani would’ve had an easy double.

However, he didn’t run — heck, he didn’t even leave the box — and a few Twitter users took notice of it.

Shohei Ohtani made the final out of the 6th inning. His fly ball was caught this far foul (maybe 6 feet) and he didn't even run.

— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) September 11, 2019

Sure, Ohtani has a great eye for the ball, and he likely knew it’d be foul, but it’s still not a great look to not run it out anyway. Hustle is important, and trickles down to the young players on the team.

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