Major League Baseball player Shohei Otani of the Dodgers released a statement on the 8th regarding the impact of the illegal gambling issue of Ippei Mizuhara, who was his exclusive interpreter, last month. Otani mentioned his former interpreter's involvement in illegal gambling for the first time since he released the statement.

He also expressed his gratitude to those around him, saying, "Right now, I'm just coming to the stadium and doing things and practicing" He is two home runs away from Hideki Matsui's record of 175 home runs by a Japanese player in the Major Leagues.