Many of you know the MLB team the Los Angeles Angels. Well they recently picked up a player from Japan named Shohei Otani. He is a pitcher and outfielder for the Angles. He previously played for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball Pacific League. His income while playing in Japan is much different from the income he will be earning for the Angels. The Angels have been in high demand for pitchers the past couple years and they believe they have found that person. Otani was considering playing for other elite baseball clubs but Nez Balelo, agent of Otani said the Japanese 2016 MVP “felt a true bond with the Angels. He sees this as the best environment to develop and reach the next level and attain his career goals.” The Angels have not won a playoff game since 2009 and Otani wants to be the reason that changes.
Angels fans have been sitting back waiting for this moment for a long time. That time is now and they finally have a season to look forward too. All supporting fans want to be apart of something big when their team accomplishes greatness. With that being said, fans are excited for the upcoming season. Since the ticket sales will be in high demand, the marginal revenue for the franchise will sky rocket. Apparel and souvenir prices will rise creating more profit because everything within the stores will be in such high demand.
Signing a new player that has the potential to bring the franchise back on the map only comes with positives. There is virtually nothing negative about bringing this player onto the team. In the long run, it will generate profit allowing the franchise to be able to grow and expand their name. Also, it will benefit the economy by bringing in millions of dollars to local stores and restaurants. Otani single handedly has the capability of generating so much revenue not only for the Angels franchise, but the whole city of Los Angeles.
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