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It was a disaster.
The news that Shohei Ohtani had boarded a flight to Toronto sent the American baseball world into a frenzy, but the information was wrong.
MLB Network reporter John Morosi posted on social media on the 9th (KST), “I published a report today that contained inaccurate information that Ohtani had departed for Toronto.
I apologize to baseball fans around the world.
I am so sorry for the disappointment.
I regret my mistake,” he wrote in a public apology.
Earlier in the day, Morosi tweeted, “Sources say Ohtani headed to Toronto today.
Ohtani’s agency did not respond to questions about this.
At this time, Ohtani has not yet signed a contract with any club.”
It was December 8th, local time. 안전토토사이트
On this day six years ago, Ohtani announced his signing with the Los Angeles Angels.
It was the sixth anniversary, so it was symbolic.
So, Morosi’s claim had merit.
It was a misreport.
As MLB.com put it, “Morosi’s report made us all nervous.
The flight departed from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, at 9:40 a.m. PT, bound for Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.
Three hours and 50 minutes felt like an eternity. Reporters scrambled to get the scoop,” he said.
Nor was Onati’s interpreter, Ifei Mizuhara. Neither was his agent, Nez Valero.
It was Canadian businessman Robert Herjavec, an author and founder of an internet security software company.
Ohtani was at home resting,” he said.
So far, the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers are the only teams to have met with Ohtani.
His parents, the Angels, have reportedly not given up on him yet.
Ohtani’s asking price is expected to be close to $600 million with at least $500 million guaranteed.