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Shohei Ohtani’s Generous Gift: 60,000 Baseball Gloves Donated to Japan Schoolchildren

Shohei Ohtani announces donation of 60,000 baseball gloves to elementary schools.

Shohei Ohtani, a Japanese two-way star and coveted free agent, is planning to donate about 60,000 baseball gloves to Japanese elementary schools. The 29-year-old Ohtani, who has spent six seasons with the Los Angeles Angels in Major League Baseball (MLB), revealed his plan on Wednesday via Instagram.

He stated, “I’m happy to announce that I will be donating approximately 60,000 youth gloves to every elementary school in Japan. I’m hoping the kids can spend their days happily with a lot of energy through baseball.” The gloves are provided by New Balance, one of Ohtani’s corporate partners.

Despite a recent season filled with successes, including a .304 batting average with 44 home runs and a 10-5 record on the mound with a 3.14 ERA, Ohtani is also recovering from Tommy John surgery that he underwent in September for the second time in six years.