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[2012 Draft] Shohei Otani’s meeting with the Texas Rangers

by on Oct.03, 2012 @ 2:58 pm, under High School

Some more updates on Shohei Otani's meeting with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday:

  • Jim Colborn (Senior Advisor, Pacific Rim Operations), Josh Boyd (Director, Professional Scouting), scout Hajime Watabe, and single-A outfielder Hirotoshi Onaka represented the Texas Rangers.
  • Onaka told Otani about the difficulties he encountered during his first year -- language, culture, and lifestyle differences.  Onaka told reporters that Otani seemed to pull back a bit when he heard about how rough things can be.
  • The meeting started at 2pm and ended after 5:30pm.
  • The Rangers stressed that they are an organization that has a good understanding of Japanese players.
  • Colborn gave Otani baseballs autographed by Yu Darvish and Nolan Ryan.
  • Otani did not speak to reporters.

Other notes:

  • Six MLB teams are said to be interested.  That includes the Rangers, Dodgers, and Red Sox.
  • Interested NPB teams have reportedly finished their meetings with Otani in September.

Source: Sanspo 10/3/2012, Nikkan Sports 10/3/2012, Sponichi 10/3/2012, Daily Sports 10/3/2012, Sports Hochi 10/3/2012, Jiji 10/3/2012