Shohei Ohtani

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Shohei Ohtani, nicknamed "Sho Time", is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB).wikipedia
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Posting system

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The Fighters posted Ohtani to MLB after the 2017 season, and he signed with the Angels.
The five highest-profile players that have been acquired by MLB teams through the posting system are Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Yu Darvish, Masahiro Tanaka, and Shohei Ohtani.

Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters

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He previously played for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball's (NPB) Pacific League.

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He was named the All-Star SP for the event (Sho Nakata was the only other member of Samurai Japan to be picked for the All-Star team).
Together with then-rookie pitcher Shohei Ohtani, the duo were dubbed the "O-N tandem of the Heisei Era", referencing Sadaharu Oh and Shigeo Nagashima's "O-N cannon" back in their prime with the Yomiuri Giants.

2016 Japan Series

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He led Nippon Ham to the 2016 Japan Series, but lost the opener to the Hiroshima Carp; he fanned 11 in 6 innings but allowed 3 runs, two on a homer by Brad Eldred and one on a steal of home by Seiya Suzuki.
Kris Johnson, the Carp's starting pitcher, allowed one run in 6 2⁄3 innings pitched, while Hokkaido's Shohei Ohtani allowed three runs in six innings.

2015 WBSC Premier12

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In the 2015 Premier12, Ohtani earned a bronze medal with the Samurai Japan National Baseball Team.
Shohei Otani of Japan had the lowest earned run average of the tournament, and Hayato Sakamoto, also of Japan, was named the tournament's most outstanding defensive player.

2015 Nippon Professional Baseball season

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Ohtani led the league in wins and winning percentage with a 15–5 record in just 22 starts, and his 2.24 ERA, 5 complete games, and 3 shutouts were also best in the league.

Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award

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He won the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year Award.
The award has drawn criticism in recent years because several players with experience in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) have won the award, such as Hideo Nomo in 1995, Kazuhiro Sasaki in 2000, Ichiro Suzuki in 2001, and Shohei Ohtani in 2018.

Justin Verlander

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Ohtani has been compared to Justin Verlander by some MLB scouts.
He struck out Shohei Ohtani in the top of the ninth inning for his 2,500th career strikeout, becoming the 33rd pitcher in Major League history to reach the milestone.

Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize

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Professional baseball

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Shohei Ohtani, nicknamed "Sho Time", is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB).

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Shohei Ohtani, nicknamed "Sho Time", is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB).

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Shohei Ohtani, nicknamed "Sho Time", is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB).

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Shohei Ohtani, nicknamed "Sho Time", is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB).

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Shohei Ohtani, nicknamed "Sho Time", is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Pacific League

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He previously played for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball's (NPB) Pacific League.

Outfielder

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He played in NPB for the Fighters from 2013 through 2017 as a pitcher and an outfielder.

Iwate Prefecture

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Shohei Ohtani attended Hanamaki Higashi High School in Iwate Prefecture, Northern Japan.

Japanese High School Baseball Championship

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He threw the pitch in the Japanese national high school baseball championship tournament, commonly called Summer Koshien.

2012 18U Baseball World Championship

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In the 2012 18U Baseball World Championship, Ohtani had an 0–1 win–loss record with 16 strikeouts, eight walks, five hits, five runs, and a 4.35 earned run average in 10⅓ innings pitched.

Win–loss record (pitching)

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In the 2012 18U Baseball World Championship, Ohtani had an 0–1 win–loss record with 16 strikeouts, eight walks, five hits, five runs, and a 4.35 earned run average in 10⅓ innings pitched.

Texas Rangers (baseball)

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Ohtani expressed a desire to move directly to the major leagues after high school and received interest from numerous teams including the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers.