Otani signs ¥100 million deal

Dec 5, 2014

Otani signs ¥100 million deal

Sweet-swinging, hard-throwing Shohei Otani became the second player to sign a ¥100 million contract ahead of his third season out of high school with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. The 20-year-old Otani led the third-place Fighters with an 11-4 record, 179 strikeouts and a ...

Otani impresses visiting MLB stars

Nov 19, 2014

Otani impresses visiting MLB stars

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Shohei Otani exhibited some of the immaturity of a 20-year-old pitcher but also some of the potential that could eventually see him playing on American soil. Looking on the bright side, Otani, who started for Samurai Japan in its 3-1 defeat in Game 5 ...

MLB capitalizes on Otani's shaky performance

Nov 18, 2014

MLB capitalizes on Otani's shaky performance

Right-hander Shohei Otani showed flashes of brilliance on Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough to pave the way to victory as Samurai Japan lost 3-1 in the concluding game of the Japan-MLB All-Star Series. Although outhit badly in the finale, Japan won the five-game series ...

Red Sox manager Farrell eager to see Otani during MLB trip to Japan

Nov 10, 2014

Red Sox manager Farrell eager to see Otani during MLB trip to Japan

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell is looking forward to seeing pitching sensation Shohei Otani during Major League Baseball’s all-star postseason tour of Japan. Farrell and 29 major league players arrived in Osaka on Sunday night ahead of their five-game series against Japan starting ...

Otani fans nine, fires five-hit shutout

Sep 13, 2014

Otani fans nine, fires five-hit shutout

Double-duty right-hander Shohei Otani struck out nine in a five-hit shutout as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters defeated the pennant-contending Orix Buffaloes 1-0 on Saturday. Before 34,675 at Sapporo Dome, Otani (11-4) got a one-run lead in the bottom of the seventh on an ...

Otani fireballs lead PL past CL in All-Star Game 2

Jul 19, 2014

Otani fireballs lead PL past CL in All-Star Game 2

Shohei Otani ratcheted up the radar gun from the mound and earned the victory on Saturday as the Pacific League All-Stars beat their Central League counterparts 12-6 to earn a split of this summer’s All-Star Series. Otani, of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, got ...