Randy Smith and Shohei Otani Connection

Randy Smith was recently hired by the Nippon Ham Fighters to be a senior adviser to their general manager and conduct duties as a major league scouting director. The Fighters current general manager Hiroshi Yoshimura worked under Smith when he was with the Detroit Tigers.

Shohei Otani pitches for the Nippon Ham Fighters. Randy Smith was general manager of the San Diego Padres from 1993 to 1995. He returned to the Padres in 2003 to be the special assistant to the general manager. In 2011 he became Vice President of Player development and International Scouting for the Padres, a post he held until 2016. The Padres have a working agreement with the Fighters, though they probably do not have the resources to sign Otani to a contract.

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