Athletics

Athletics

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.

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.

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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.