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Shohei Otani News and Notes: December 13, 2012

by on Dec.13, 2012 @ 4:57 pm, under NPB

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Shohei Otani updates from December 13:

The documents the Nippon Ham Fighters presented to Otani have been made available at the official team site.  They are in Japanese.  Source: official announcement

Hideki Kuriyama has asked the Fighters to designate an exclusive PR official for Otani.  And while Hanamaki Higashi is supposed to handle all media requests with Otani until he officially signs, the Fighters have volunteered to take on the load.  Source: Sanspo 12/13/2012

During his first two years of high school, Otani played left and right in games he did not pitch in.  Beginning in his third year, he started playing some center to get a better view of pitcher/batter match-ups.  Source: Sanspo 12/13/2012

Kuriyama is thinking about making Otani a shortstop.

A couple Kuriyama quotes:

"As a position player, I think Shohei can play short.  He has a good snap throw and can make strong off-balance throws.  The rest is getting used to the distances." (Sponichi)

"There is a difference in lefty/righty, but in terms of position players, I imagine [Otani] as an A-Rod type." (Daily Sports)

Source: Sanspo 12/13/2012, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2012, Sports Hochi 12/13/2012, Daily Sports 12/13/2012, Sponichi 12/13/2012, Sponichi 12/13/2012

There have only been two players that have pitched in ten or more games and played short in ten or more games during one season:

Nobuaki Miyashita - 11 games as a pitcher (2-0) and 13 games at short in 1946.

Osamu Takechi - 20 games as pitcher (6-5) and 19 games at short in 1947; and 26 games as a pitcher (7-4) and 20 games at short in 1949.

Neither played pitched and played short in their first year.

Source: Sponichi 12/13/2012