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[8/26/2015] Nippon Ham Fighters: Shohei Otani hits 161km/h in the 1st inning

by on Aug.26, 2015 @ 8:21 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Otani hit 161km/h two pitches in a row while facing Seibu's Takeya Nakamura in the 1st inning tonight.

Otani's pitches against Nakamura in the 1st inning

  • 158km/h fastball, ball
  • 158km/h fastball, swinging strike
  • 159km/h fastball, swinging strike
  • 161km/h fastball, foul
  • 161km/h fastball, ball
  • 141km/h forkball, ball
  • 160km/h fastball, foul
  • 142km/h forkball, swinging strike

[8/17/2015] Hokkaido Post Office branches to offer Shohei Otani stamps

by on Aug.18, 2015 @ 12:20 am, under NPB
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The Post Office's Hokkaido Branch unveiled a Shohei Otani stamp set that is due to go on sale on August 25. Details below:

  • The set will become available for sale on August 25 (Tuesday).
  • There will be a limit of 13,000 sets (planned).
  • The sets will be available at Hokkaido post offices (1,209).
  • The set will include one sheet of stamps (five fifty-two yen stamps and five eighty-two yen stamps) and a foldable A3 data board.
  • Each set will cost 2,000 yen (excludes tax).
  • Pre-orders will be accepted between August 19 and August 20. Pre-orders by phone or mail will not be accepted.
  • Orders will be accepted through the post office's online shop beginning on August 25 (Tuesday). Additional fees (like shipping) will apply.

Source: official announcement (pdf), official announcement (pdf)

[UPDATE 8/22 @ 1:19am]

The Hokkaido Branch announced on August 21 that they will not be able to begin sales of the set on August 25 as originally planned because they received a large number of pre-orders. There is a chance that customers that placed pre-orders will not to receive their copies of the set on August 25. Shipment dates will be released at a later date. They are planning to accept orders of the set at Hokkaido post offices on August 25 and 26. Their online shop will begin accepting orders on August 25.

Source: official announcement (pdf)


[5/8/2015] Nippon Ham Fighters: Otani tops 159km/h during Ni-gun game

by on May.09, 2015 @ 6:38 am, under NPB
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Shohei Otani pitched in a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on May 8. He entered the game in the 3rd and tossed two shutout innings. He faced ten hitters, threw thirty-eight pitches, allowed two hits, walked two, struck out three, and topped out at 159km/h four times.

Pitch Breakdown: thirty-three fastballs, five sliders; twenty-two pitches for strikes.

Otani could return to the Ichi-gun starting line-up as a position player on May 10 against Orix at Kyocera Dome. His next Ichi-gun start could come on May 14 against Seibu at Sapporo Dome. Everything will depend on how he is feeling on May 9.

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/8/2015, Daily Sports 5/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/8/2015, Sponichi 5/8/2015, Chunichi Sports 5/9/2015

[12/5/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters: Otani reaches 100 million yen in third year

by on Dec.05, 2014 @ 4:56 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Otani (20) met the Nippon Ham Fighters earlier today for contract negotiations and agreed to terms worth an estimated 100 million yen in 2015. He joined Daisuke Matsuzaka as the only players out of high school in NPB history to reach 100M yen in salary in their third year.


Year Name KAN Name ENG Out Of Salary Progression
2007 マイケル中村 Nakamura, Micheal MLB 15M > 40M > 158M
2015 則本 昂大 Norimoto, Takahiro Uni 12M > 60M > 120M
2015 菅野 智之 Sugano, Tomoyuki Uni 15M > 70M > 110M
2000 高橋 由伸 Takahashi, Yoshinobu Uni 13M > 39M > 100M
2001 松坂 大輔 Matsuzaka, Daisuke HS 13M > 70M > 100M
2015 大谷 翔平 Otani, Shohei HS 15M > 30M > 100M


Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014 (list), Sponichi 12/5/2014

[11/12/2014] Suzuki Japan All-Star Series: Shohei Otani’s outing, pitch-by-pitch

by on Nov.12, 2014 @ 11:35 pm, under Samurai Japan
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Daily Sports posted Shohei Otani's outing, pitch-by-pitch.

Hitter Result Pitch Velocity (km/h)
Escobar, Alcides called strike fastball 152
  ball fastball 155
  F9 fastball 153
Fowler, Dexter ball fastball 157
  foul fastball 157
  ball slider 138
  foul fastball 156
  ball fork 140
  F7 fastball 156
Zobrist, Ben ball fastball 159
  foul fastball 158
  G3 fastball 158


Source: Daily Sports 11/12/2014

[10/5/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters: Shohei Otani tops 162km/h, ties NPB velocity record

by on Oct.05, 2014 @ 6:43 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Otani topped 162km/h in tonight's game against the Rakuten Eagles at Sapporo Dome.

The pitch came against lead-off hitter Ginji in the 1st inning. With the count 0-1, Otani threw a fastball that ticked 162km/h on the stadium radar gun and shattered Ginji's bat in half.

Otani also hit 162km/h twice against the second hitter, Aoi Enomoto. Of the fifteen pitches he threw in the 1st, eight were in the 160s.

While this was not the first time Otani hit 162 in an NPB game, he first hit topped the mark during Game 2 of the All-Star Series on July 19, it was the first time he did it during a regular season game.

Otani now holds the NPB velocity record for Japanese pitchers and is tied with Marc Kroon for top velocity for all NPB pitchers.

Source: Sponichi 10/5/2014

[8/3/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters: Otani hits 161km/h, ties regular season record for Japanese pitcher

by on Aug.03, 2014 @ 5:02 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Otani tied the regular season velocity record for a Japanese pitcher by hitting 161km/h on the radar gun during today's game against the Softbank Hawks at Sapporo Dome.

The pitch came against Dae-Ho Lee with runners on second and third and two out in the 7th inning.  It Otani's 128th pitch of the day.

Otani's day ended after the 7th inning.

Final line: 7.0 IP, 129 NP, 31 BF, 26 AB, 9 H, 0 HR, 7 SO, 3 BB, 1 WP, 2 R, 2 ER.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/3/2014, Daily Sports 8/3/2014, Sponichi 8/3/2014

[7/19/2014] Mazda All-Star Series 2014: Shohei Otani tops out at 162km/h

by on Jul.19, 2014 @ 9:41 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Otani's pitches from his one inning appearance in Game 2 of the All-Star Series at Koshien Stadium.

Takashi Toritani

2014 All-Star Game 2: Toritani vs Otani

Toritani vs Otani

  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 161km/h strike looking 0 1 0
2 Fastball 162km/h foul 0 2 0
3 Fastball 159km/h foul 0 2 0
4 Fastball 160km/h hit - 1B7 0 2 0

Tetsuto Yamada

2014 All-Star Game 2: Yamada vs Otani

Yamada vs Otani

  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 161km/h ball 1 0 0
2 Fastball 160km/h foul 1 1 0
3 Fastball 160km/h foul 1 2 0
4 Fastball 159km/h strikeout - Ks 1 3 1

Wladimir Balentien

2014 All-Star Game 2: Balentien vs Otani

2014 ASG2: Balentien vs Otani

  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 160km/h ball 1 0 1
2 Fastball 158km/h strike swinging 1 1 1
3 Fastball 158km/h foul 1 2 1
4 Fastball 160km/h foul 1 2 1
5 Fastball 160km/h hit - 1B8 1 2 1

Matt Murton

2014 All-Star Game 2: Murton vs Otani

Murton vs Otani

  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 161km/h ball 1 0 1
2 Fastball 159km/h foul 1 1 1
3 Slider 132km/h strike swinging 1 2 1
4 Fastball 161km/h ball 2 2 1
5 Fastball 159km/h foul 2 2 1
6 Slider 133km/h ball 3 2 1
7 Fastball 159km/h foul 3 2 1
8 Fastball 157km/h hit - 1B9 3 2 2

Shinnosuke Abe

2014 All-Star Game 2: Abe vs Otani

Abe vs Otani

  Pitch Velocity Result B S O
1 Fastball 162km/h ball 1 0 2
2 Fastball 159km/h ground out - G4 1 0 3


Note: Images and pitch data taken from Yahoo Sports

[6/26/2014] Injury Report: Takeya Nakamura (Seibu), Shohei Otani (Nippon Ham)

by on Jun.27, 2014 @ 4:10 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka joined the Ichi-gun team for practices at Koshien on Thursday.  He took fielding practice at third and batted from both sides of the plate during batting practice. Source: Sports Hochi 6/26/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Senichi Hoshino might step down as Pacific League All-Star manager so that he can focus on his recovery.  Hoshino recently had surgery to treat the ossification of thoracic yellow ligament and a herniated lumbar disc.  If the decision becomes official, Lotte's Tsutomu Ito could step in as an alternate. Source: Sanspo 6/26/2014 ... All-Star manager/coaching staff selections will formally be made on the 30th. Source: Sponichi 6/26/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura might not be able to play on the 27th because of right elbow discomfort. Source: Daily Sports 6/26/2014

Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani took a batted ball off his left wrist during his start against Yokohama on Wednesday.  He told reporters on Thursday the wrist felt fine. Source: Daily Sports 6/26/2014