Sport Should a team allow Otani to be a two-way player?

07:22  15 november  2017
07:22  15 november  2017 Source:   latimes.com

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Otani allowed the second-lowest percentage of pulled balls (26.5 percent) tried to persuade their stars to stay, but have not stood in their way and will likely post Otani should he request it." It would take another unconventional major league team to give Otani a chance as a full-time two - way player .

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a baseball player holding a glove: Shohei Otani on Nov. 15, 2014 during game 3 of the 2014 All Star Series between Japan and Major League Baseball All Stars at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.© Shingo Ito/AFLO/Zuma Press/TNS Shohei Otani on Nov. 15, 2014 during game 3 of the 2014 All Star Series between Japan and Major League Baseball All Stars at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.

ORLANDO, Fla. - The question that continues to pop up here at the GM meetings, especially to the general managers but even beat writers, is if a team would allow Shohei Otani, the Babe Ruth of Japan, to play both ways.

The general assumption among the Japanese media is that a team that allowed him to do so will have the inside track toward signing him. The general assumption among others is that letting Otani pitch and play outfield would be a foolish thing to do.

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Every Day Should Be Saturday. View team list. MLB. Realistically, the only way Otani can really continue to be a two - way player is if he pitches and becomes a designated hitter. It's hard to imagine a world in which any team would allow their superstar pitcher to play the outfield on a regular basis

Otani is 22. CBA would need to be modified to allow him to negotiate with teams that pay posting fee. Otani hasn’t said it publicly, but I can’t imagine he won’t want to continue being a two - way player in the Majors.

It seems as if club executives feel that way, too.

The No. 1 strike against letting Otani bat between starts, even if only in one or two games, would be injury. That's really the only strike that matters, right?

Were he to be injured as a hitter or an outfielder, a team would be losing a starting pitcher and a bat from the lineup. The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters learned that in 2017.

Otani is a right-hander who bats left-handed, which means his right arm would be exposed to every pitch thrown his way. There's another avenue toward injury.

But expect most interested clubs to say they are open to letting Otani dabble in the batter's box, and then conveniently find a way - perhaps a bad spring start - to tell him that to be able to be a great pitcher who works every fifth day as opposed to every seventh as he did in Japan, he needs to put his bat and helmet away.

To Otani's credit, he told reporters in Japan over the weekend that it's not his decision.

"I don't know if I'll be given the chance to be able to do it, so first of all, I'll have to listen to what they say," Otani said. "You can't go after something like that unless you're in the right circumstance. It's not just about what I want to do."

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Mariners to make 'full-court press' for Shohei Ohtani .
The Mariners are extremely interested in Ohtani, who has been dubbed "Japan's Babe Ruth" for his ability to both pitch and hit for power.Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a team podcast Wednesday, via MLB.com that the club will make a "full-court press" for Otani and is willing to move around his roster to make it happen.

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