The Yomiuri Giants announced on January 15 that Kazuma Okamoto was involved in an accident. Okamoto was driving his car in Tama Ward, Kawasaki on the evening of January 13 when he hit a teen-aged male riding a bike at an intersection.
The teen-aged male suffered a chip fracture in his right thumb. Okamoto did not get hurt.
The Giants released a statement from Okamoto. He apologized for the accident and said he was going to refrain from driving for a while. The Giants also issued an apology. They are planning to have all players and staff review safe driving practices and traffic rules.0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced the following uniform number changes on December 7:
Source: Yomiuri 12/7/20170 Comments
Okamoto’s uniform number will change from 38 to 25 for the 2018 season. He will become the thirtieth player in Yomiuri Giants history to wear the number.
Source: Sponichi 11/19/2017
Okamoto wanted to become a pastry chef when he was a child.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/4/2017
Nobuhiko Matsunaka gave Okamoto a bat during his first year after turning pro. Okamoto likes the way the bat feels now and is planning to use a similar model in 2018. The new bat, made by Under Armour, is 900 grams and weighted toward the head. Okamoto used the bat during Miyazaki fall camp in November 2017.
Source: Sponichi 12/17/20170 Comments
Kazuma Okamoto was taken off the active roster on April 21 because he was not feeling well due to a fever. He did not participate in Ni-gun practices on April 21 and instead rested.
Source: Sponichi 4/22/20170 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced today that Kazuma Okamoto (20) filed marriage papers with a twenty-two-year-old woman from Kanagawa on December 25, 2016.
The media learned on December 31 that Daisuke Nakai (27) filed marriage papers in Mie on January 1 with a twenty-eight-year-old woman living Tokyo.
The Yomiuri Giants are planning to send Kazuma Okamoto, Hayato Takagi, and Kentaro Taira to play winter ball in Puerto Rico. Plans will become official as soon as all the paperwork clears. The Giants are hoping the overseas experience will help push them up to the next level.
Source: Sponichi 10/12/2016
[UPDATE 10/26 @ 6:09pm]
The Giants announced today that Takagi, Taira, and Okamoto will be sent to Puerto Rico from October 27 until early- to mid-December. They will be working out with the Gigantes de Carolina. Whether or not they get playing time has not yet been determined.
Source: Yomiuri announcement
[UPDATE 10/28 @ 2:41am]
Takagi, Taira, Okamoto, and Ni-gun training coach Yushi Aida left for Puerto Rico out of Narita Airport on October 27.
Source: Sanspo 10/27/20160 Comments
Kazuma Okamoto was hit by a pitch on his right calf during his at bat in the third inning of a Ni-gun game against Rakuten at Giants Stadium on July 27. He was out of the line-up again on July 28 and did not participate in practices. The Yomiuri Giants might have Okamoto take things slow for a while out of concern that it might turn into something more serious, like a strain.
Source: Sponichi 7/29/20160 Comments