Paging Shohei Ohtani. Please report to second base.
On Friday night, the Los Angeles Angels star made MLB history as the first "ghost runner." Except he had no idea he was the lucky player to start the 10th inning on second base.
Ohtani’s reaction when reminded he’s starting the inning on second base 😂 pic.twitter.com/LUarOXmqUa— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) July 25, 2020
In an attempt to keep games during the 2020 season from extending deep into the night, MLB implemented a rule for extra innings where teams start with a runner on second base. By rule, the batter who made the last out of the previous inning starts on second base.
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In this case, it was Ohtani. Good thing his teammates alerted him.
MLB Twitter had a lot of fun with the new rule and Ohtani's reaction.
when you become a ghost runner pic.twitter.com/RR4b4HO9rq— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 25, 2020
When you're the 1st automatic runner placed at second base in MLB history pic.twitter.com/osybmpJjSA— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) July 25, 2020
Why is there a runner on...— Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 25, 2020
And he sort of ran like it as well . https://t.co/ducbGWg0h1— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) July 25, 2020
First guy in MLB history who starts extra innings at second gets caught in a rundown. Perfection.— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) July 25, 2020
Ohtani's time as the first-ever "ghost runner" didn't last long as Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien caught him in a rundown and tagged him out.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, Marcus Semien served as the first A's "ghost runner" and scored on Matt Olson's walk-off grand slam to give the A's a 7-3 win on Opening Day.