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Ohtani announces marriage to unnamed Japanese woman


Having made one headline after another with his baseball exploits, Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani sprang big off-field news Thursday by announcing his marriage to a woman from Japan.

The two-time unanimous American League MVP, who signed a record-breaking contract with the Dodgers in the offseason, revealed his marriage to the unnamed woman via an Instagram post.

“Not only have I began a new chapter in my career with the Dodgers but I also have (begun) a new life with someone from my native country of Japan who is very special to me and I wanted everyone to know I am now married,” Ohtani posted on Instagram.

The post included a shot of Ohtani’s dog Dekopin, also known as Decoy, who gained prominence after appearing on TV alongside the Japanese two-way star as he accepted his 2023 AL MVP last November.

“Although we will be starting with a new team in a new environment, we hope that the two of us (and also one animal) will work together, support each other, and move forward together with our fans,” Ohtani wrote.

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