Tuesday, 11th December 2012
Japan's Nippon Ham Fighters gain teenage baseball prodigy
Japanese baseball fans will no doubt be pleased to hear that Shohei Otani has decided not to go ahead and join a Major League Baseball team, but stay in his native country instead.
The sporting prodigy made the announcement on Sunday - December 9th – at a news conference when he confirmed that he will be joining Japan's Nippon Ham Fighters instead.
"I have decided to stay in Japan. I want to repay all the people who have supported me by becoming a pitcher children look up to," he said.
The 18-year-old amateur player had originally suggested that he wanted to begin his professional career in America and confirmed that he "would eventually like to go to the major leagues".
He suggested that he may not be ready for the major league yet as it is a "place [he] admires," but he "would like the Fighters to teach [him] the road to get there".
Written by Graham McPherson