Oshima, Yohei 大島 洋平 (おおしま・ようへい)
Chunichi Dragons | #8 | OF
Born: 11/08/1985 (age 33)
Height: 176cm
Weight: 74kg
Bats: L
Throws: L
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Aichi
Draft: 2009, 5th Round
History: 享栄高-駒大-日本生命

[8/21/2018] Yohei Oshima earns international FA option

Thirty-two-year-old Yohei Oshima earned his international free agent option with nine years of service time on the active roster. He is currently in the second year of a three-year deal.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/21/2018


[6/24/2018] Yohei Oshima misses two games after HBP

Yohei Oshima took a pitch off his left wrist during a game against Yokohama on June 22. He was left out of the starting line-up on June 23 because of swelling in the wrist.

Oshima told reporters he was feeling better today, but he was again left out of the starting line-up, most likely as a precaution.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/23/2018, Sports Hochi 6/24/2018, Sanspo 6/23/2018, Sanspo 6/24/2018


Yohei Oshima: Did You Know



May 22 vs Yokohama at Yokohama – Oshima homered in back-to-back trips to the plate for the first time in his career. He hit a two-run home run in the third inning and a solo home run in the fifth inning, both to right and both off Satoshi Iizuka. This was also the first time he hit two homers in a game.

Source: Sanspo 5/22/2018, Sponichi 5/22/2018

August 22 vs Hanshin at Nagoya Dome – Oshima tied a Dragons record (set by Tyrone Woods in 2005) by racking up hits in eight consecutive at bats. He recorded four hits on August 19 (2B7, 1B8, 1B4, 1B7), three hits on August 21 (1B8, 1B9, 1B8, BB), and one hit on August 22 (1B8). The streak ended when he grounded out second in the third inning on August 22.

Source: Sponichi 8/22/2018, Sponichi 8/22/2018, Sanspo 8/22/2018


[8/31/2017] Yohei Oshima leaves game after HBP

Yohei Oshima was hit by a pitch on his right leg during tonight’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Nagoya Dome.

Oshima took a pitch from Shingo Hirata near his right ankle during his at bat in the eighth inning. The outfielder left the field for treatment and was later taken to a hospital in Aichi for tests.

The Chunichi Dragons are planning to make an announcement about Oshima’s injury on September 1.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/31/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/31/2017, Sanspo 8/31/2017

[UPDATE 9/1 @ 2:57pm]

Oshima suffered a fracture in his right fibula.

Source: Sponichi 9/1/2017

[UPDATE 9/1 @ 4:58pm]

The Dragons announced today that Oshima was diagnosed with a fractured fibula. He was also taken off the active roster. The Dragons did not release a timetable for his recovery. He will most likely miss the rest of the season.

Source: Sanspo 9/1/2017, Daily Sports 9/1/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/1/2017

[UPDATE 11/3 @ 1:30pm]

Oshima’s fracture is still not fully healed. However, he did some light running at Nagoya Stadium on November 2. He is at about thirty percent with running and seventy percent with training.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2017


[5/18/2017] Yohei Oshima left out of starting line-up for first time this year

Yohei Oshima took a pitch off his back during his at bat in the eighth inning against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium on May 17. He was not in the starting line-up against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium on May 18, but was available off the bench. He was on the field for pre-game practices, but did not participate in batting or fielding practices.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/18/2017


[5/9/2017] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for March/April

Central League


Randy Messenger, Hanshin (Second Time)
5 G, 4-0, 32.1 IP, 1.95 ERA, 37 SO, 7 ER

Messenger picked up his second MVP of the Month Award of his career. He led the league in wins (four) and strikeouts (thirty-seven). He recorded two victories against the Hiroshima Carp and helped keep his team within striking distance of first place. Yomiuri’s Tomoyuki Sugano was also under consideration, but Messenger got the nod because of his four wins and rock-steady performances. He is the first Hanshin player to win the award since Yuta Iwasada in September 2016. He joins Randy Bass (April 1985, June 1986) and Jason Standridge (June 2011, July 2011) as the only foreign pitchers in franchise history to win the award twice (he also won the award in July 2013).


Yohei Oshima, Chunichi (First Time)
26 G, .372 AVG, 42 H, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 5 SB

Oshima got the nod for MVP of the Month for the first time in his career. He played in every game in March/April and led the league in hitting (.372) and hits (forty-two). He recorded forty-one hits in April and became the first player to collect at least forty hits in a month since Soichiro Tateoka connected for forty in August 2015. He also recorded four hits in one game four times. On April 30, he became the 286th player in NPB history to reach the 1,000 hit milestone. Oshima is the first Dragon to win the award since Dayan Viciedo in March/April 2016.

Pacific League


Chihiro Kaneko, Orix (Seventh Time)
5 G, 4-0, 37.0 IP, 1.70 ERA, 2 CG, 1 ShO, 23 SO, 7 ER

Kaneko pitched in five games during March/April and recorded a league-leading two complete games. His four wins and thirty-seven innings were tied for most in the league and his 1.70 ERA was second best. He got off to a slow start by giving up four runs over five innings to Rakuten on opening day, but limited Nippon Ham to two runs over six innings on April 7 and recorded his first win of the season. He tossed a two-hit shutout against Softbank on April 14 and picked up his third win of the season by keeping Nippon Ham to one run over eight innings. He tossed his second complete game of the year on April 26 against Seibu for his fourth win. This is the seventh time he won the award, first since September 2014.


Takahiro Okada, Orix (Second Time)
23 G, .351 AVG, 27 H, 7 HR, 15 RBI

Okada played in all twenty-three games in March/April. He led the league in slugging (.675) and was tied for first in home runs (seven) and total bases (fifty-two). His on base percentage (.485) was good for second, runs scored (eighteen) good for third, and batting average (.351) good for fifth. He safely reached base in seventeen consecutive games, between April 8 and 30, and failed to reach base in only two games. He recorded three hits and three RBI in each game on April 20 against Nippon Ham and April 25 against Seibu. This is the second time he won the award, first since July 2010.

Orix players have now won the award seventy-one times, most in league history. Seibu and Nippon Ham each have seventy. Orix pitchers and hitters have now won the award during the same month ten times, also most in league history.

Source: NPB 5/9/2017


[10/31/2016] Yohei Oshima decides to stay with the Chunichi Dragons

Yohei Oshima a press conference at Nagoya Stadium earlier today and announced that he decided not to exercise his free agent option and will stay with the Chunichi Dragons.

Discussions with the Dragons began in late-September. There was a disagreement in salary during a second meeting in October that had Oshima leaning toward exercising his free agent option, but the two sides managed to reach an agreement during a third meeting on October 29.

According to Sports Hochi, Oshima agreed to about 150 million a year over three years. His salary this season was an estimated 90 million yen.

The Dragons released the following statement from Oshima:

I met the team representative yesterday morning and told him I wanted to stay so I will be here with the Dragons next year.

Shigekazu Mori was named the new manager. We are from the same university. I heard from the team representative that he said I was the one player he really wanted to stay. I spoke to him over the phone a number of times and I decided I wanted to stick around and help him win a championship.

Honestly, I struggled with this decision, but I now feel refreshed. The Dragons finished in last place this year. I want fans to have a good time next year and my thoughts are already looking to next season. This is my hometown so I would really like more people to come out and cheer for the Dragons.

Source: Chunichi announcement, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2016, Sports Hochi 10/31/2016

[UPDATE 11/19 @ 11:15pm]

Oshima agreed to a three-year contract with a variable salary. He will make an estimated 150 million yen next year.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2016

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[9/15/2016] How serious is Chunichi about Oshima and Hirata?

Nikkan Sports is wondering just how serious the Chunichi Dragons are about keeping Yohei Oshima and Ryosuke Hirata. Team rep Kazuo Nishiyama has told reporters the two players are an important part of the team, but neither has been contacted by the front office.

If the team were in the middle of a pennant run, waiting would make sense, but with an almost guaranteed bottom-third finish, early contact, if only just to let them know they are needed, would not be too distracting. The Dragons could also be waiting until they finalize a decision on their next manager, but it might be too late by then.

Possibly an important point to remember: Hirata and Oshima were turned off by the way the team handled contract negotiations after the 2014 season. There were murmurs that the two might be willing to go to salary arbitration, an option most players in Japan tend to avoid. Hirata again had problems with negotiations after the 2015 season (less about himself and more about negotiations in general) and asked the team to become more transparent about their assessment methods.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/15/2016

[UPDATE @ 9:08pm]

Oshima told reporters today that he if he is not satisfied with the Dragons’ evaluation (offer), he will go somewhere else. But before that can happen, he first needs meet with team officials.

Source: Sponichi 9/15/2016

[UPDATE 9/16 @ 3:45pm]

The front office has reached out to Oshima and Hirata. They are currently working out a schedule. They could meet fairly soon.

Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2016

[UPDATE 9/16 @ 4:01pm]

According to Sports Hochi, Oshima is more concerned about money than years because he feels he is still young enough not to have to worry about long-term security (plus, money might be the easiest way to determine how much a team believes a player is worth). He also said that if he exercises his option and gets offers that are not that much better than Chunichi’s, he will probably stay.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/16/2016

[UPDATE 9/17 @ 7:01pm]

Team owner Bungo Shirai spoke to reporters on September 16 and said the organization would re-sign Oshima and Hirata, even if they exercised their free agent options. Team rep Kazuo Nishiyama will most likely handle negotiations.

Hirata is also open to testing the free agent market if he is not satisfied with Chunichi’s offer (he would like to begin with Chunichi, if possible). Like Oshima, he plans to stay if there is not a lot of a difference in offers.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/17/2016, Daily Sports 9/17/2016, Sponichi 9/17/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2016

[UPDATE 9/18 @ 5:47pm]

The media learned on September 17 that Hirata would like ADM’s Toru Mihara to represent him during contract negotiations.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/18/2016

[UPDATE 9/22 @ 12:56am]

As of September 20, the Dragons have yet to reach out to Hirata or Oshima. To make matters more complicated, when Shirai was asked about replacing one or both outfielders through the free agent market on September 20, he said that was possibility and that there were plenty of replacements (could be the media blowing the quote out of proportion as well).

Tokyo Sports is reporting that Hirata might be interested in playing in the Majors and that he might stay with Chunichi just so that he can earn his international FA option sooner.

Source: Sanspo 9/21/2016, Sports Hochi 9/21/2016, Tokyo Sports 9/21/2016

[UPDATE 9/27 @ 4:34pm]

Oshima met team official Nishiyama for about an hour on September 26. He may have been offered a multi-year deal. He told reporters it was their first meeting and that things were still a lot of things to discuss.

Source: Daily Sports 9/27/2016

[UPDATE 9/28 @ 12:59pm]

The media learned on September 27 that General Manager Hiromitsu Ochiai will not be directly involved in negotiations with Oshima and Hirata. Nishiyama told reporters he would be the only one talking to the two players.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2016, Sponichi 9/27/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/27/2016

[UPDATE 10/12 @ 7:01am]

Hirata is not planning to rush his decision and will most likely use all the time he has until the deadline.

Oshima is still fifty/fifty on his option. He reportedly met Nishiyama for the first time on September 26 and may have been offered a multi-year deal.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2016, Daily Sports 10/11/2016, Sponichi 10/11/2016

[UPDATE 10/22 @ 11:19pm]

Discussions between Oshima and Chunichi are at a standstill after two meetings. The thirty-year-old outfielder told the Dragons he was interested in testing the free agent market. He spoke to reporters on October 21 and said that sincerity was not an issue, but that his feelings for testing the market just grew stronger.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2016

[UPDATE 10/29 @ 4:08pm]

Discussions with Oshima and Hirata are still ongoing. The Dragons have already scheduled their next meetings with the two players.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2016

[UPDATE 10/30 @ 5:04pm]

There is a chance Oshima will stay with the Dragons. He met with the organization for a third time on October 29 and expressed a desire to play for the team next season. The Dragons may have offered a multi-year deal worth about 150 million yen a year.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2016

[UPDATE 10/30 @ 9:36pm]

Hirata is still not sure what he wants to do with his option.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/30/2016

[UPDATE 10/31 @ 3:52pm]

Oshima told reporters on October 30 that he informed the Dragons that he decided to stay. He will not exercise his free agent option. He may have been offered a multi-year deal worth about 150 million yen a year.

Hirata is still on the fence.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2016

[UPDATE 11/2 @ 3:58pm]

The Dragons may have offered Hirata a salary over 100 million yen. He made an estimated 70 million yen this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2016

[UPDATE 11/2 @ 8:25pm]

Hirata met the Dragons today for the first time since the start of the free agent filing period. He told reporters before his meeting with the team that he was fifty-fifty on exercising his option.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/2/2016

[UPDATE 11/3 @ 9:50pm]

Hirata spoke to reporters today and told them that his meeting with the team yesterday did not touch on money, but rather about ways to improve playing conditions for the players, like installing new turf at Nagoya Dome.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/3/2016, Daily Sports 11/3/2016

Hirata may have been offered a multi-year deal worth about 120 million a year. He made an estimated 70 million this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2016

[UPDATE 11/4 @ 6:33pm]

Hirata is not necessarily looking to leave the Dragons. He believes he will stay if they improve playing conditions.

Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2016

[UPDATE 11/5 @ 3:10pm]

The Dragons believe discussions with Hirata are going well. They may have offered him a multi-year deal worth about 100 million yen a year. They might reach an agreement today.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2016


[8/16/2016] Yohei Oshima earns domestic FA option

Yohei Oshima earned his domestic FA option today with seven years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/16/2016


[8/2/2016] Yohei Oshima and Ryosuke Hirata to earn domestic FA options this month

Yohei Oshima and Ryosuke Hirata are set to earn their domestic FA options this month. The Chunichi Dragons might try to begin extension discussions early to show how serious they are about keeping them in Nagoya. They are also said to be considering multi-year deals for both players.

However, the Dragons may have their work cut out for them. Their recent track record with players with FA options have not been great with both Kenichi Nakata and Akifumi Takahashi signing with other teams in 2013 and 2015, respectively. And Oshima and Hirata may still have bitter memories of their off-season contract negotiations the last couple of seasons.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/2/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/2/2016