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Shohei Otani News and Notes: November 3, 2012

by on Nov.03, 2012 @ 8:27 am, under NPB

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Updates on Shohei Otani from November 3:

Sanspo:

GM Masao Yamada and scouting director Takashi Ofuchi met Otani and his parents on Friday.  Their meeting started a little before 6pm and lasted about fifty minutes.

The two presented Otani a baseball with a message from Hideki Kuriyama: To Otani-kun, Your dreams will come true.  Together, let us create an Otani path no one else has ever walked.  To his parents, they provided pamphlet with information on their player development program.  They also spent some time outlining the finer points.

The Fighters are already thinking ahead.  They may have Hideki Kuriyama join one of their next meetings with Otani.  They may also prepare the number eleven.

Source: Sanspo 11/3/2012

Kuriyama on Otani: "First, I am grateful that we were able [to talk Otani's family].  My message to him is about winning.  To show him what the Fighters are about.  I can not go to see him until the Series is over, but I can bring out the best from the team [for him to see]."  Source: Sanspo 11/3/2012

Sports Hochi:

The Fighters were not asked any questions during the meeting.  They are scheduled to meet again, likely after post-season play.  Hideki Kuriyama is busy until the 20th and will not be available until after that.  Source: Sports Hochi 11/3/2012

Nikkan Sports:

The meeting started at 5:50pm.  Yamada and Ofuchi were surprised to see Otani because they were expecting the worst.  When he was given the baseball with a message from Kuriyama, he appeared happy. The team is unsure if he will attend their next meeting.  If the timing is right, Kuriyama may also attend the meeting.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2012

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