Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani announces marriage on social media

Shohei Ohtani's life away from the baseball diamond has always been extremely private. What she has revealed so far is that she has a dog named Decopin, which is Japanese for decoy.

So far. Ohtani, 29, posted on Instagram at midnight that he was married. Yes, the two-way superstar has his first ring as a Dodger, and it was a shock even to the Japanese media conglomerate that covers his every public word, step and swing.

He said, “Not only do I start a new chapter in my career with the Dodgers, but I also start a new life with someone from my native country, Japan, who is very special to me and I wanted that. Let everyone know that I am now married.” Written in Japanese.

“I'm excited for what's to come and thank you for your support.”

Ohtani did not identify his wife in the post and described her using Japanese female pronouns. No details were given about when and where the wedding ceremony was held. He said he would hold an interview on Friday, though it was unclear whether that meant Friday in Japan, which would be Thursday at the Dodgers' Camelback Ranch training facility in Phoenix.

The news broke at midnight in Los Angeles and Phoenix, where the Dodgers are holding spring training, but it was afternoon in Japan and the story was immediately broadcast on television. Ohtani never revealed that he had a girlfriend.

The couple will have a canine companion. Ohtani's Instagram wedding announcement included a photo of a Dutch Kooikerhondje Decoupin and these words: “We hope the two of us – and an animal – work together.” He first introduced the dog to the public while discussing winning the American League Most Valuable Player award during a television interview on MLB Network in November.

Ohtani made his first appearance in a Dodgers uniform on Tuesday, hitting a home run in his third at-bat. He signed a 10-year, $700 million contract with the Dodgers this offseason after playing six seasons with the Angels.

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