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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters two-way talent Shohei Otani earned the 2015 baseball player of the year award as the World Baseball Softball Confederation on Sunday announced its winners for both sports for the four-year period from 2014 to 2017.

Otani, who is expected to move to the majors via the posting system in the offseason, was among the six Japanese winners who were recognized at the WBSC Congress Gala held in the Gaborone International Convention Center in Botswana.

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