Shohei Otani Leading the Pacific League DH in All-Star Voting Despite Injury

The All-star voting in Nippon Professional Baseball are ongoing, and for Japanese phenom Shohei Otani, despite playing only just 8 games this regular season, and is currently in the DL after being sidelined for at least 6 weeks due to an injury (pulled biceps femoris muscle) back in April 8 in a game against the Orix Buffaloes, is leading Japan’s Pacific League in the designated hitter category in their all-star voting.

Shohei Otani has yet to make a pitching appearance for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters this year, as he mainly plays as their DH, so far, he currently owns a batting line of .407/.469./815 with 2 homeruns and 3 RBIs in 27 at-bats.

Here are the leading players in each respective positions so far this season via fan voting:

[Pacific League players]


  • SB SP, Kodai Senga (with 18,088 votes)
  • SEI RP, Kazuhisa Makita (with 34,077 votes)
  • RAK RP, Yuki Matsui (with 36,801 votes)

Position Players:

  • RAK C, Motohiro Shima (with 26,309 votes)
  • HOK 1B, Sho Nakata (with 26,586 votes)
  • SEI 2B, Hideto Asamura (with 32,110 votes)
  • SB 3B, Nobuhiro Matsuda (with 24,236 votes)
  • RAK SS, Eigoro Mogi (with 28,747 votes)
  • SEI OF, Shogo Akiyama (with 36,422 votes)
  • SB OF, Yuki Yanagita (with 30,248 votes)
  • HOK OF, Kensuke Kondo (with 23, 471 votes)

Designated Hitter:

  • HOK SP/DH, Shohei Otani (with 27,805 votes)

[Central League players]


  • YOM SP, Tomoyuki Sugano (with 22,461 votes)
  • HAN RP, Marcos Mateo (with 14,772 votes)
  • HAN RP, Rafael Dolis (with 24,184 votes)

Position Players:

  • HAN C, Ryutaro Umeno (with 25,989 votes)
  • HIR 1B, Takahiro Arai (with 25,948 votes)
  • HIR 2B, Ryosuke Kikuchi (with 31,960 votes)
  • HAN 3B, Takashi Toritani (with 35,799 votes)
  • YOM SS, Hayato Sakamoto (with 37,333 votes)
  • YOK OF, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (with 34,223 votes)
  • HIR OF, Seiya Suzuki (with 35,498 votes)
  • HAN OF, Yoshio Itoi (with 39,852 votes)

Fan voting started back in May 16 (Tuesday) and will end until June 18 (Sunday), along with the player voting. Game 1 of the all-star game will take place at Nagoya Dome in July 14 (Friday), and Game 2 at ZOZO Marine Stadium in the next day, July 15 (Saturday).

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