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Fighters OK Otani jump to majors

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters confirmed Friday that they will allow double-duty star Shohei Otani to move to the major leagues this off-season under a posting system.

The permission was granted at a meeting in Tokyo of Otani, 23, manager Hideki Kuriyama and Kenso Takeda, president of the club.

The Fighters respect Otani’s desire, Kuriyama told a press conference after the meeting. “We believe he can be the best player in the world,” he added.

In 2016, Otani was named the MVP in the Pacific League after shining as a right-handed pitcher and left-handed hitter, helping the team win its first Japan Series title in 10 years.

This season, Otani was limited by leg injuries, but still drew major league scouts when he was slated to pitch.Speech

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