Shohei Ohtani Smashed Hardest Hit Ball of 2024 in Dodgers' Win Over Blue Jays

Shohei Ohtani hit a baseball at 119.2 MPH during the Dodgers' 4-2 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Shohei Ohtani hit a baseball at 119.2 MPH during the Dodgers' 4-2 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday. / John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Shohei Ohtani went 1-for-5 with an RBI single in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 4-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday at the Rogers Centre in Ontario. On the surface, there doesn't seem to be anything notable about the Dodgers win, or Ohtani's performance, which didn't include the two-way star belting a home run.

Ohtani may have had just one hit, but he made the base knock count. With runners on first and third in the top of the second inning, Ohtani demolished a 2-2 fastball into right field, driving in one run and advancing another runner to second.

The baseball was absolutely scalded, traveling at 119.2 MPH, officially the hardest hit ball of the 2024 season thus far, according to the MLB's account on X, formerly Twitter.

It's also the hardest hit ball of Ohtani's career, breaking the previous mark he set four days ago when he belted a 118.7 MPH home run on Tuesday against the Washington Nationals.

Baseballs shudder in fear when Ohtani steps in the batter's box.

The 29-year-old is fitting in nicely in his first season with the Dodgers, as he's batting .347 with seven home runs, 18 RBI and 24 runs scored in 29 games played. He ranks third in the majors in OPS heading into Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, which begins at 1:37 p.m. ET.

Tim Capurso


Tim Capurso is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. Previously he wrote for RotoBaller and ClutchPoints, where he was the lead editor for MLB, College Football and NFL coverage. A lifelong Yankees and Giants fan, Tim grew up just outside New York City and now lives near Philadelphia. When he's not writing, Tim enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with his family, including his three-legged cat Willow, who, unfortunately, is an Eagles fan.