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Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani targeted in bomb threat, prompting police investigation in South Korea

A reported bomb threat against the Los Angeles Dodgers’ newest star, Shohei Ohtani, sparked a major investigation in South Korea as the team prepared for their first game of the season in the Seoul Series.

Nearly 150 police officers, sniffer dogs, X-ray detectors and other equipment were needed to search the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, after hearing a tip that there was an imminent threat against Ohtani, according to the Associated Press. The Guro Police Station in Seoul.

The Gocheok Sky Dome prior to a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres for the MLB World Tour Seoul Series in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 20, 2024.

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The Associated Press, crediting South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, said the search was launched when the country’s consulate general in Vancouver, Canada, received an email threatening to detonate the explosion during Wednesday’s match to take.

Ohtani and the Dodgers are in South Korea for the first-ever Seoul Series, playing the first two games of the season against the San Diego Padres. It is the first time that an official MLB game will take place in the country.

Yonhap also said the sender of the email, which was in English, claimed to be from a Japanese lawyer. They called police because they suspected the message could have come from an individual who has sent numerous similar messages and faxes over the past year, all claiming to be from a Japanese lawyer.

“The safety and security of our fans and everyone in the ballparks where we play are always our first priority,” MLB said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.

“MLB, together with the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency and other local officials, will continue to closely monitor the situation and take appropriate steps during the event.”

Guro police said nearly 350 officers will be active for the start of the game, according to AP.

Team Korea vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Shohei Ohtani warms up before the exhibition game between Team Korea and Los Angeles Dodgers at Gocheok Sky Dome on March 18, 2024 in Seoul, South Korea.

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The match starts just after 3am in California.

The Dodgers turned the baseball world upside down this season, starting with Ohtani’s runaway success $700 million, 10-year contractfollowed by the $325 million, 12-year contract with Japanese right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto weeks later.

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