Combined photo shows Nippon Ham Fighters two-way player Shohei Otani pitching and hitting in a game against the Orix Buffaloes at Sapporo Dome on Oct. 4, 2017. Otani should be fit to do both without any restrictions in about three...Mehr
October 12, 2017 Lizenz
Shohei Otani, a pitcher of Hanamaki Higashi High School, hits a home run during a national high school tournament game at Koshien Stadium, Hyogo Prefecture, on March 21, 2012.
December 05, 2017 Lizenz
Shohei Otani of Hanamaki Higashi High School pitches against Moriokadai Fuzoku High School during the final game of the Iwate Prefectural High School Baseball Tournament on July 26, 2012 in Morioka, Iwate, Japan.
July 26, 2012 Lizenz
Shohei Otani and Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Manager Hideki Kuriyama pose for photographs during the press conference to announce Shohei Otani signing with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters on December 25, 2012 in Sapporo, Japan.
December 25, 2012 Lizenz
Shohei Otani of Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters poses for a photograph after being interviewed for hitting his first career hit at the Seibu Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan.
March 29, 2013 Lizenz
Shohei Otani of Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters hits a double in the first inning during the second game of Nippon Professional Baseball All-Star Series at the Jingu Stadium on July 20, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.
July 20, 2013 Lizenz
Shohei Otani #16 of Samurai Japan is seen during a training session at Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome on November 9, 2014 in Fukuoka, Japan.
November 09, 2014 Lizenz
Shohei Ohtani #16 the Samurai Japan pitches during the game against the MLB All-Stars at the Sapporo Dome during the Japan All-Star Series on November 18, 2014 in Sapporo, Japan.
November 18, 2014 Lizenz
Shohei Otani #16 and Samurai Japan gather at the mound with pitching coach during the game five of Samurai Japan and MLB All Stars at Sapporo Dome on November 18, 2014 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.
Shohei Ohtani (L)#16 of SAMURAI JAPAN in action during the Japan national baseball team practice session at the Tokyo Dome on November 9, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan.
November 09, 2016 Lizenz
Pinch hitter Shohei Ohtani #16 of Japan at bat in the eighth inning during the international friendly match between Japan and Mexico at the Tokyo Dome on November 10, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan.
November 10, 2016 Lizenz
Shohei Otani of Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters attends a press conference announcing his challenge to the Major League Basenall at the Japan National Press Club on November 11, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.
November 11, 2017 Lizenz
Shohei Otani of Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters throws the ball on November 22, 2017 in Tsukigata, Hokkaido, Japan.
November 22, 2017 Lizenz
Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters reacts after allowing two home runs during the fourth inning in Game 1 of the Japan Series against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium in Hiroshima on Oct. 22, 2016.
November 29, 2017 Lizenz
Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters pitches for his 15th win in the 2015 season during a game against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome in Osaka on Sept. 27, 2015.
Composite photo shows Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters in his first-team pitching debut in a game against the Yakult Swallows at the Sapporo Dome in Sapporo on May 23, 2013.
Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is sprayed with beer at a celebration held at a Tokyo hotel on Sept. 28, 2016, after the team won the Pacific League title.
Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters leaves a field while surrounded by fans in Nago in Japan's southern island prefecture of Okinawa on Feb. 12, 2017.