Shohei Ohtani wore at least 5 different protective guards at the plate, some showing, some under layers.
All the guards on display had Asics logos on them. The most unique one was the one that protected his throwing hand.
Almost his entire arm was covered by guards, and I don’t blame the guy. Long-term injuries caused by hit-by-pitches aren’t just a threat, they’re a certainty in the MLB. Countless Big Leaguers have lost serious time to an errant two-seamer, and some never recover. Its our opinion that every MLB pitcher should wear something like this at the plate. To go up there with an unprotected throwing hand is basically asking for the opposing pitcher to throw one up there. Unwritten rules, unschmitten rules… protect yourself and you don’t have to worry about that silliness.
Looks just about impossible to find these anywhere, but if you know of any sources, please comment.