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Who is Shohei Ohtani’s new interpreter? A look at “Will the Thrill”

Japanese baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani has a new interpreter and it’s longtime Dodgers staffer and trusted employee “Will the Thrill.”

Ohtani’s former interpreter Ippei Mizuhara was recently fired by the Dodgers allegedly stealing money from Ohtani to cover huge gambling debts. Mizuhara is alleged to have been guilty of ‘massive theft’, stealing millions to place bets with a bookmaker.

Mizuhara has been Ohtani’s interpreter since he made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Angels in 2018.

Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reported on Ohtani’s new interpreter and shared with KCAL News what he learned about the close bond between Ohtani and Mizuhara, and the team’s choice of a replacement.

“Ippei, before this scandal broke, was one of Ohtani’s best friends. He was in many ways his training partner. He followed a lot of Ohtani’s daily routine, he was actually more like a manager in some ways who took care of everything.” these little things in his life,” Harris said.

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Will Ireton, known as ‘Will the Thrill’, is taking over, at least temporarily, and this isn’t the first interpreter role Ireton has taken on for the organization.

He previously served as the team’s interpreter for Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda from 2016 to 2019 and currently also works as an in-game interpreter for Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

“Will Ireton was someone who the team trusted immensely, not only from his days of being Kenta Maeda’s interpreter, not only because of some of the work he did in recent years on the analysis side and game preparation for the team, but also because of the energy he brings, and the enthusiasm,” Harris said.

The energy and enthusiasm have earned Ireton the nickname “Will the Thrill”.

“There have been many viral videos dating back to his days as Kenta’s interpreter of him dancing in the dugout and doing a deadlift in the clubhouse for the team while wearing a wrestling singlet,” Harris said.

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Ireton is not only loved, but according to Harris, also has a lot of trust and a high rating at the club. Most recently, Ireton has served as the Dodgers’ performance operations manager since 2020.

“…Right now (he’s) helping to bridge that gap as someone they trust and as someone who can actually fill the role of someone who was born in Japan and knows the language and culture very well,” Harris said.

Major League Baseball has a gambling policy for its players and employees that is renewed every spring. Harris said signs have been posted in the clubhouse regarding the policy.

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