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
|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