Otani sharpens up ahead of Opening Day

Mar 21, 2015

Otani sharpens up ahead of Opening Day

Flame-throwing Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Shohei Otani worked three scoreless innings on Saturday in his final preseason exhibition before he goes to the mound next week on Opening Day. Otani, who professes to have made some minor adjustments to his approach, said he ...

Feb 20, 2015

Otani named Fighters' Opening Day starter

Third-year pitcher-outfielder Shohei Otani has been handed his first Opening Day pitching assignment, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters manager Hideki Kuriyama said Friday. A 20-year-old right-hander, Otani was one of the most impressive pitchers in the Pacific League last season, when he went 11-4 with ...

Dec 16, 2014

Second baseman Tanaka returns to Fighters

After two years in the United States, most of it spent in Triple-A, second baseman Kensuke Tanaka is returning to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, the team announced Tuesday. Tanaka, 33, left the Pacific League club as a free agent and signed a minor ...

Dec 12, 2014

Veteran outfielder Hermida joins Fighters

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters on Friday announced the acquisition of former Florida Marlins and Boston Red Sox outfielder Jeremy Hermida. The 30-year-old Hermida, who played with the Milwaukee Brewers Triple-A affiliate Nashville this past season, joins the Fighters on a one-year deal worth ...

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 ...