Shintaro Fujinami (left) and Shohei Otani.
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[Reporter Ni Wanjun/Comprehensive Report] 28-year-old athlete Japanese pitcher Shintaro Fujinami ushered in his first major league career today, and he faced off against his rival Otani Shohei since high school. Coincidentally, Otani Shohei five years ago Today, he also completed his first major league career. The opponent at the time was the athlete. It's just that Fujinami suffered a shocking education today, but Otani was a high-quality starter and won the victory back then.
Shintaro Fujinami, after playing for the Japanese Hanshin Tigers for 10 seasons, challenged the U.S. professional team through the post-entry system last season, and signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Athletics in January this year.
Fujinami played 5 games in the spring training warm-up game, throwing a total of 18.2 innings and giving up 8 points, with an ERA of 3.86. , not only became the losing pitcher in the team's 1:13 loss to the Angels, but was also hit by Ohtani with a 2-run RBI hit.
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Otani and Fujinami of the same age had their first confrontation as early as the Koshien Games in the spring of 2012. Both of them were shining stars at the time. Japanese media also called baseball players born between April 2, 1994 and April 1, 1995 "" "Otani Fujinami Generations", you can see the representativeness of the two.
Therefore, the first major league match between the two today caused a sensation before the fight started.
As a fateful coincidence, Otani completed his first major league career as a guest at the Athletics on April 2, 2018. At that time, he surrendered 6 innings of high-quality content and lost 3 points, leading the Angels to win 7:4. He won his first major league victory when he debuted on the board. The season ended with 4 wins and 22 homecomings, and won the American League Rookie King.
As for Fujinami, who made his first board debut five years later, how his rookie season will evolve is also worth looking forward to.