Shohei Otani: Did You Know

Sponichi points out that the ‘S’ in Shohei Otani’s webbing stands for Shohei and Superman. ASICS made changes to the design after they received a request from Otani.

FYI: Superman merchandise silently became a hot item in the clubhouse when the team was in Arizona for spring camp in February.

Source: Sponichi 5/30/2016

Otani had two primary goals when he was in high school. He wrote the goals down on papers and posted them in the weight training room at his high school, Hanamaki Higashi.

The two goals were: Koshien and 163km/h.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/6/2016

Otani once hit a home run that was overturned when he was a child. He was a third-year elementary school student and played for Mizusawa Little. If was in the final inning of a game. He thought he hit a walk-off home run, but was called out immediately after he crossed the plate because his right foot landed outside of the batter’s box when he hit the ball. It would have been his “first” home run.

Otani ended up setting a new Iwate Little League record with thirty-five home runs (previous record was eighteen). He also went on to hit fifty-six home runs during his high school career.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/4/2016

Seiko will be releasing a Shohei Otani model watch on February 17, 2017. Supplies will be limited to 3,000. The watch will cost 150,000 yen.

Source: Seiko announcement

Otani has had problems with his right ankle and is using a ShockMaster as part of his treatment. He is also trying to work out his stride so that he steps on first base with his left foot, instead of his right.

ShockMaster’s cost over five million yen. There are only about eighty in Japan right now.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2017

60 Minutes is doing a segment on Otani. Eight crew from the program were at Sapporo Dome on February 28 and will be tagging along for about a week. The segment is scheduled to air some time after March.

Source: Sponichi 3/1//2017, Nikkan Sports 3/1/2017

A commercial for SAVAS featuring Otani began airing on national TV on March 25.

Source: Sponichi 3/25/2017

Otani hates tomatoes. That includes cherry tomatoes and tomato juice.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/28/2016


September 13, 2017 vs Rakuten at Sapporo Dome – Otani recorded a victory and became the first player to record at least one victory and one home run in five consecutive seasons since Suguru Egawa recorded at least one victory and one home run in six consecutive seasons between 1980 and 1985.

Otani also joined Akira Noguchi (forty-nine wins, sixty-one home runs), Michio Nishizawa (sixty wins, 212 home runs), and Junzo Sekine (sixty-five wins, fifty-nine home runs) as the only players in NPB history to record at least forty wins and forty home runs during their careers. Otani currently has forty wins and forty-seven home runs.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/13/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/13/2017


Otani won the Hokkaido Sports Writers Club’s 2016 MVP Award. He also won the award in 2015.

Source: Nippon Ham announcement


Velocity Date Game Opponent Team Venue
160 2012/07/19 HS Iwate Tournament   Ichinoseki Gakuin Iwate Stadium
160 2014/06/04 NPB Regular Season Maru, Yoshihiro Hiroshima Sapporo Dome
162 2014/07/19 NPB All-Star Game Toritani, Takashi Hanshin Koshien Stadium
162 2014/10/05 NPB Regular Season Akaminai, Ginji Rakuten Sapporo Dome
162 2016/03/02 NPB Exhibition Game Jones, Garrett Yomiuri Sapporo Dome
163 2016/06/05 NPB Regular Season Cruz, Luis Yomiuri Tokyo Dome
164 2016/09/13 NPB Regular Season Itoi, Yoshio Orix Sapporo Dome

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2016

Salary Progression:

  • 2013 – 15.00M
  • 2014 – 30.00M
  • 2015 – 100.00M
  • 2016 – 200.00M
  • 2017 – 270.00M

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NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 139 86 49 4
Hanshin 134 73 58 3
Yokohama 134 67 63 4
Yomiuri 136 67 66 3
Chunichi 135 57 73 5
Yakult 136 44 90 2
Softbank 135 90 45 0
Seibu 136 76 57 3
Rakuten 129 71 56 2
Orix 132 61 70 1
Nippon Ham 132 52 80 0
Lotte 134 48 85 1
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