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Shohei Otani Newsbeat

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 otani

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Reports From Japan Suggest Shohei Otani Will Request To Be Posted | MLBTR

Japanese star pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani has long been on the radar as one of the most talented players on the planet who isn’t already with a MLB organization. He stoked expectations before the season that he might ask his current team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — to make him available to major league clubs through the posting system. Now, reports out of Japan tonight suggest that’s just what will occur.

The article is more eloquent in the original Japanese.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 13, 2017 at 08:41 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, nippon ham fighters, shohei otani

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Shohei Ohtani hits 100 mph in return to mound | MLB.com

Officials from Major League Baseball clubs packed the scout section at Sapporo Dome on Thursday, eager to see if Japanese pitching sensation Shohei Ohtani had returned to health after a season plagued by ankle and thigh injuries.

Ohtani’s fastball alone eliminated any lingering concerns. It reached 99 and 100 mph, as first reported by The Athletic and confirmed by multiple sources to MLB.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2017 at 03:26 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Brian Cashman is going to Japan with eyes on a superstar | New York Post

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is the latest baseball executive traveling to Japan to scout superstar pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
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Due to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement and Otani’s age, the most he could get from the Yankees currently is about $8 million in a signing bonus. The only way to increase the amount is by acquiring other clubs’ international pool money in a trade.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2017 at 03:39 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei otani, yankees

Thursday, June 29, 2017


Friday, June 09, 2017

The mystery of Shohei Otani and whether he’ll leave $200M on the table to play in MLB

That Otani is shrouded in mystery is only appropriate, seeing as his legend has grown to proportions in which even myths wouldn’t dare traffic. The fastball. The home runs. The legitimate possibility of a two-way player better than anyone since the person to whom Otani is most often compared – only Babe Ruth, the greatest baseball player ever. All of it creates this mania through which teams try to sift and find the truth.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 09, 2017 at 11:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Scouting Shohei Otani

A fairly detailed look at Shohei Otani:

Do scouts for MLB teams think Otani can be a two-way player? For four out of five scouts, there was some hemming and hawing. They all like him as a batter – especially the left-handed power. They all love him as a pitcher. The fifth scout, though, is willing to dream.

“I’ve never said this about a player, but I believe he can be a two-way player,” the scout said. “There are good-hitting pitchers like Madison Bumgarner and Greg Maddux, but this guy is a legitimate offensive threat. How you balance his pitching and his hitting … that’s where it really comes down to a general manager and a manager and ownership. How much do you want to risk your ace pitcher running the bases or taking at-bats? But from an evaluation standpoint, this guy … if he was on my team, he’d be the fastest baserunner, he’d have the most raw power. I absolutely feel this guy can hit on a daily basis. Or if you wanted … you can pick-and-choose when you’d DH him or pinch hit him. But absolutely, this guy can be a two-way player. If anyone can do it, he’s the one.”

Lots of interesting stuff, but all anonymous. RTFA.


 

 

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