Record: Shohei Ohtani’s Dilapidated Interpreter Ippei Mizuhara Had False Biography

Erin WalshMarch 24, 2024

This record taken on March 16, 2024 shows Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani (R) and his interpreter Ippei Mizuhara (L) attending a press conference at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul forward of the 2024 MLB Seoul Series baseball sport between Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. The Los Angeles Dodgers said on March 21 they'd fired Shohei Ohtani's interpreter after the Eastern baseball superstar's representatives claimed he had been the sufferer of

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Primarily the most intelligent story entering the 2024 Vital League Baseball season entails Shohei Ohtani’s dilapidated interpreter Ippei Mizuhara, and extra data continues to advance back to mild amid a playing scandal engaging the 2.

Per The Athletic’s Sam Blum, there are a total lot of inaccuracies in Mizuhara’s publicly on hand biography.

Correct via Ohtani’s tenure with the Los Angeles Angels, Mizuhara became listed within the group’s media handbook as having graduated from the University of California, Riverside, in 2007. Then again the college denied that Mizuhara ever attended the faculty.

“Our college records attain no longer point out a student by the name of Ippei Mizuhara having attended UC Riverside,” a college spokesman counseled The Athletic.

The college did no longer comment on whether it became that you just would also remember Mizuhara attended the faculty below a various or identical name, per Blum.

Additionally, a pair of studies talked about Mizuhara served as Hideki Okajima’s interpreter with the Boston Red Sox in 2010. Then again, the Red Sox denied that Mizuhara ever worked for them or Okajima actual via his time with the group.

“We are reaching out to all of you due to studies in varied outlets bringing up that Ippei Mizuhara worked for the Red Sox as an interpreter, which is incorrect,” the Red Sox said in a assertion. “Mizuhara became by no way employed by the Boston Red Sox in any ability and became no longer an interpreter for Hideki Okajima actual via the pitcher’s time with the group. Please know that now we possess totally checked our files to fetch particular we’re providing appropriate data.”

Per archives from the Boston Globe, Ryo Shinkawa served as Okajima’s interpreter actual via his Red Sox tenure and the group’s media handbook lists two of us as group interpreters, neither being Mizuhara, per Blum.

Any data on Mizuhara outdated to 2018 when Ohtani signed with the Angels became no longer stumbled on on two various databases searched by The Athletic, per Blum.

The Dodgers fired Mizuhara on Wednesday after representatives of Ohtani alleged he stole bigger than $4 million from the Eastern phenom to quilt his playing money owed. Mizuhara allegedly wired money in Ohtani’s name to an alleged unlawful bookmaking operation trot by Matthew Bowyer that is below federal investigation.

Mizuhara initially counseled ESPN that Ohtani agreed to repay his playing losses, nevertheless a spokesperson for Ohtani said the superstar became ignorant of his dilapidated interpreter’s playing exercise.

Mizuhara later counseled ESPN’s Tisha Thompson that Ohtani had “zero involvement in making a wager.”

MLB presented earlier this week that it is investigating the allegations. ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez reported that Ohtani will stay on the Dodgers energetic roster actual via the investigation “except one thing dramatic occurs.”

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