2018: Year of the 800-pound Gorilla

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Jan 6, 2018

2018: Year of the 800-pound Gorilla

by Mark Schreiber

Four topics dominated Japan's non-Twitter news cycle for the last quarter of 2017. Two involved sports: the signing of 23-year-old baseball superstar Shohei Otani to play for the Los Angeles Angels of the American League; and the resignation of sumo grand champion Harumafuji after ...

Shohei Otani hears pitches from Cubs, Mariners, Rangers

Baseball / MLB Dec 6, 2017

Shohei Otani hears pitches from Cubs, Mariners, Rangers

Coveted two-way star Shohei Otani met with representatives from the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to U.S. media. The meetings followed talks Monday between the 23-year-old slugging ace and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Angels ...

Shohei Otani wants to train in Arizona

Baseball / MLB Dec 5, 2017

Shohei Otani wants to train in Arizona

As decision day nears for Shohei Otani, the question on many people's minds seems to be, "What does this guy want?" Everyone knows about the hitting and pitching part. Only two players in history have won 10 games and hit 10 home runs in the ...

Hideki Matsui eager to see how Shohei Otani fares in MLB

Baseball / MLB Nov 20, 2017

Hideki Matsui eager to see how Shohei Otani fares in MLB

Hideki Matsui, special advisor to the New York Yankees' general manager, held a baseball clinic Sunday, where he also shared his thoughts on the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters' Shohei Otani and his potential move to the MLB through the posting system. "As a fan, it's ...

Shohei Otani selects Nez Balelo as agent

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Nov 7, 2017

Shohei Otani selects Nez Balelo as agent

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters star Shohei Otani, who is expected to move to the majors this offseason through the posting system, has chosen Nez Balelo as his agent, a source said Tuesday. Balelo has also represented outfielder Norichika Aoki, who has played for seven big ...

MLB union threatens to block Shohei Otani posting agreement

Baseball / MLB Nov 2, 2017

MLB union threatens to block Shohei Otani posting agreement

The Major League Baseball Players Association is threatening to block a new posting agreement over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters' posting fee, the New York Post reported on Wednesday. According to the report, the union is unwilling to sign off on a new posting agreement ...