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Shohei Ohtani Newsbeat

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Another rough day for Shohei Ohtani prompts more questions for Angels | OC Register

Scioscia said they aren’t yet sure when Ohtani’s next start would be. Assuming five or six days rest, the schedule he’s been on all spring, that would be either next Thursday or Friday.

It’s also possible he could pitch in a minor league game so they can ensure he gets up to the 90 pitches he needs to start the season. Ohtani threw only 50 pitches in Friday’s game, then went down to the bullpen for another three innings worth of work, Scioscia said.

Ohtani has now pitched in four games, the first three against mostly minor league hitters. All told, he’s recorded 25 outs in the games, allowing 18 hits and four homers. He has given up 17 runs (15 earned). He is also 2 for 20 in big league exhibitions as a hitter.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: March 17, 2018 at 05:57 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Scouts: Shohei Ohtani not MLB ready offensively

“He’s basically like a high school hitter because he’s never seen a good curveball,” the scout said. “He’s seen fastballs and changeups. And you’re asking a high school hitter to jump to the major leagues?”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2018 at 04:13 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani has mixed results in 1 1/3 innings on mound | LA Times

“It’s still too early to tell, but I think I’m going in the right direction,” he said through an interpreter. “It’s just the first start.”

Ohtani struck out two Milwaukee Brewers and had one strike back, Keon Broxton homering to lead off the second inning. His fastball regularly reached the mid-90s, with a top-end speed of 97 mph.

He also gave up an unearned run, a ground-rule double, walked one batter and mostly fell behind hitters, fighting his control. One of his pitches was officially scored as wild.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: February 25, 2018 at 02:58 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani, time to panic

Monday, February 12, 2018

Will Shohei Ohtani’s success in Japan continue with Angels? Former teammates, Japanese baseball officials think so – Orange County Register

When Brandon Laird took his baseball career across the Pacific Ocean, he had never heard the name Shohei Ohtani, just some unbelievable stories about “the Babe Ruth of Japan.”

“I was like, he can’t be that good,” said Laird, an infielder who had previously spent parts of three seasons in the majors.

“I heard so much about him, but I just wanted to see it. Right from the get-go, I saw him throw in an intrasquad game. It was effortless. High 90s (fastball) and breaking balls. … He proved it to me. He’s just a different player.”

Laird, an Orange County product who had played against the likes of Justin Upton, Andrew McCutchen and Buster Posey in the minors, said that three years as Ohtani’s teammate with the Nippon Ham Fighters was enough to convince him.

“At his age, he’s one of the best, if not the best player I’ve ever seen or had the chance to play with,” Laird said of the 23-year-old Ohtani. “He’s almost like a 10-tool player, a pitcher and hitter who can do it all.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2018 at 06:32 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Cincinnati Reds showed us what they showed Shohei Ohtani

More teams should share their pitches.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2017 at 06:45 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, shohei ohtani

UCL of Los Angeles Angels’ Ohtani is damaged, according to physical

This doesn’t seem as big a deal as the Twitter reaction suggests. Of course, most things aren’t as big a deal as Twitter reactions suggest.

When reached late Tuesday, Angels general manager Billy Eppler told Yahoo Sports: “Shohei underwent a thorough physical with MRI scans to both his elbow and his shoulder. Those are scans we conduct whenever we sign a pitcher. Based on the readings of those MRIs, there are not signs of acute trauma in the elbow. It looks consistent with players his age. We are pleased with the results of the physical and we are very happy to have the player.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2017 at 06:22 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Shohei Ohtani’s Value Has No Precedent | FiveThirtyEight

Neil Paine tries to estimate Ohtani’s value.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2017 at 07:34 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Friday, December 08, 2017

Shohei Ohtani agrees to deal with Angels | Los Angeles Angels

An unexpected winner.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2017 at 02:40 PM | 60 comment(s)
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For Ex-Big Leaguers in Japan, Ohtani A Special But Not Invincible Talent |

OK, we’ve all seen a lot of coverage on Ohtani. One option I haven’t seen mentioned is, why not have him work out of the bullpen for the next year or two while giving your team some time to make a decision about the long-term value of his bat? I know there might be some issues getting him warmed up but, with his limited innings last year, it might be a workable idea that appeals to him in his quest to be a true two-way player.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2017 at 10:43 AM | 15 comment(s)
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Monday, December 04, 2017

Heyman | Shohei Ohtani Down To 7 Teams

With the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes recently picking up some serious steam, a source close to the situation has now informed FanRag Sports that the Japanese phenom has narrowed down his list of potential suitors to seven teams. Ohtani is still considering the Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2017 at 02:10 PM | 132 comment(s)
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Sunday, December 03, 2017

Shohei Ohtani won’t sign with New York Yankees |

This is a shocker.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2017 at 06:32 PM | 181 comment(s)
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Scouting top contenders to sign Shohei Ohtani |

A nice look at the teams with the best chances of landing Ohtani.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 09:07 AM | 10 comment(s)
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Shohei Ohtani’s agent asks MLB teams for written answers | AP

NEW YORK — Major league teams were given homework this weekend by Shohei Ohtani.

The agent for the star pitcher and outfielder asked for written explanations in English and Japanese on how Ohtani would fit into each organization intending to bid and what makes the team attractive, according to details obtained by The Associated Press.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 26, 2017 at 02:08 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: didntyougetthememo, shohei ohtani

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Shohei Ohtani MLB posting deal reached |

As first reported by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal and subsequently confirmed by with multiple sources, the MLBPA wanted MLB and NPB officials to change certain aspects of the agreement, including a shorter window for players to be posted that would be less disruptive to the pace of the domestic free-agent market, as well as a rule that would prevent NPB teams from keeping a player if teams are unsatisfied with the size of the MLB contract (and, in turn, the amount of “commission” it would receive in the transfer).

Officials reached a compromise early on Tuesday that addresses the union’s concerns on the “pull back” provision for NPB clubs, according to sources. A breakthrough occurred when NPB dropped its request for “pull back” rights in exchange for a graduated release fee structure. NPB’s posting club receives a 20% posting fee on the first $25 million, 17.5% on the next $25 million and 15% on all amounts above $50 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2017 at 08:01 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa, shohei ohtani

Sunday, November 19, 2017

New CBA Tries To Stamp Out Loopholes To Sign Shohei Otani |

BA explains the CBA’s impact on Shohei Ohtani.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 10:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, shohei ohtani

Friday, November 17, 2017

Rosenthal on latest with Ohtani |

At least this is better than getting behind the pay wall.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2017 at 12:47 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbpa, shohei ohtani, video

Thursday, November 16, 2017

This is how you actually spell the name of Japan’s Babe Ruth | New York Post

One problem is finally out of the way.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani

Heyman | Union Challenge Means Otani Status On Hold

Maybe the Players Union shouldn’t have agreed to the 25 year-old threshold in the first place.

Discouraging him to wait another two years may be good for the Union but it might not be for Otani. He clearly dreams of playing in the MLB. What if he blows out his arm between now and then?

The union actually challenged the future terms covering 2018-2020, but with complaints heard on the player side regarding current rules that calls for Nippon Ham cashing in with a $20 million posting fee windfall while Otani is limited to a signing bonus of somewhere between $300,000 and $3.53 million, management people wonder if the bigger union concern is over that perceived inequity.

“The union is holding up the posting agreement,” one management source said. “The union is making demands.”
The union is trying to protect his interests as best it can. But management sources wonder whether the union’s complaints about the future arrangement are a “backdoor” attempt to aid Otani, or even a way to “discourage” Otani from coming over now. Just a two-year wait could boost Otani’s guarantee by as much as 100-fold, which would make a wait until 2020 the likely decision of just about anyone but one of the world’s athletes who aims to prove his two-way mastery at the MLB level.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 06:24 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani

Monday, November 06, 2017

Shohei Otani Hires CAA - MLB Trade Rumors

Young Japanese star Shohei Otani has hired Creative Artists Agency (CAA) to represent him in his planned move to the majors, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times (via Twitter). Nez Balelo will be the lead agent, per the report, who’ll help steward Otani through what promises to be a fascinating process.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2017 at 09:45 PM | 75 comment(s)
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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Money dispute could leave Japan’s Babe Ruth stuck there | NY Post

The MLB-NPB posting agreement expired Tuesday. The sides, though, were close to an agreement to move to a system whereby the Japanese team losing a player to MLB would receive a percentage of the deal the player signed with an MLB club — believed to be between 15 and 20 percent.

However, Otani’s team, the Nippon Ham Fighters, refused to give its needed vote to the deal unless the righty pitcher was grandfathered into the old deal, whereby the Fighters would receive the maximum $20 million in exchange for posting him prior to his Japanese free agency.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 02, 2017 at 05:32 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, shohei ohtani

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Shohei Ohtani impresses in latest outing |

Ohtani Fever is coming!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2017 at 08:18 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bellinger blasts Giants, Dodgers clinch NL West

“You know, I could play Otani every day,” he said, with a faint smile. “Oh, I’d put him out there. Trust me.”

The Giants will make every effort this winter to court Shohei Otani, a generational talent from Japan who conjures comparisons to Babe Ruth with his 102 mph fastball and his ability to turn them around at the plate.

Maybe next year the Giants will have Otani on their side. Maybe they will have Giancarlo Stanton’s chiseled form in the middle of their lineup.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants, shohei ohtani

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Scouting report on Japanese star Shohei Ohtani |

“I saw Griffey in the Minor Leagues and A-Rod as an amateur,” one international scouting director said. “The buzz about Ohtani is similar to those guys and guys like Strasburg. Compared to Griffey and A-Rod, he isn’t as polished a hitter and probably doesn’t have the same upside. But he does have the chance to be a Strasburg. What is unique is that he does both.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 11:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international players, japanese baseball, shohei ohtani




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