Ohtani won't pitch again this season

The manager of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels says two-way star Ohtani Shohei will not take the mound again this season.

Joe Maddon told reporters on Wednesday that he had talked with Ohtani and learned that he "felt as though it's the right time" to finish this season as a pitcher right now.

Maddon added that "there really isn't anything left" for Ohtani "to prove on the mound" after he gained nine wins this season.

Ohtani will focus on the American League homerun title race for the remaining four games. He has hit 45 homers so far, three behind the front runner.

Fans are hoping that Ohtani will become the first Major League player since Babe Ruth 103 years ago to hit double-digit home runs and achieve double-digit wins as a pitcher in a single season.

Ohtani threw 130 and 1/3 innings in 23 games this season, pulling off 156 strikeouts with a 3.18 earned run average. The figures are all single-season records for his 4-year Major League career.