According to Nikkan Sports, video game software developers are not quite sure how they should handle Shohei Otani: ...do they focus on him as a pitcher, position player, both? ...for games that require cards, do they create two cards, or one? ...how should he be rated?
One software company is quoted as saying, "There have never been players like this before, so we will keep our eye on how things turn out as we decide what to do."
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/20/2012
In other Otani news...
Pitching coach Tomohiro Kuroki hinted that Otani could become a closer.
"Closer? That is a possibility. Starting and things like that will be decided after we have had a chance to see [Otani]," said Kuroki. "We need to ask him about his goals and see what kind of pitcher he wants to become."
He added, "He is a wonderful player so I am looking forward to working with him. All I want is for him to apply himself 100% and do his best despite all the attention."
Source: Sports Hochi 12/21/2012
Otani will first be registered as a pitcher because he feels more strongly about being a pitcher than a position player. The Fighters are also planning to place an emphasis on his development as a pitcher during his first year.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2012
The Fighters are planning to take pre-orders on Otani replica uniforms and t-shirts, beginning on December 25 at 11:00am. Supplies will be limited to 300 each. Shipments will start going out on January 25.
Replica Uniform (home): 7,900 yen
Player T-shirt (home): 3,000 yen
Source: official announcement
Hideki Kuriyama wants to sell the t-shirt he designed and gave to Otani during their negotiations.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2012
There has been an increase fan interest in tour packages to Fighters spring camp in Okinawa next year since Otani decided to begin his career in Japan.
Source: Sponichi 12/21/2012