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2013 World Baseball Classic

Japan

Japan

IBAF WORLD RANK: 3

Japan is the two-time defending World Baseball Classic Champion with pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka being named Tournament MVP in both 2006 and 2009. Team Japan defeated Cuba 10- 6 in 2006 with Ichiro Suzuki scoring three of Japan's runs. In 2009, Japan faced Korea in the Final and had a 3-2 lead in the ninth when the Koreans scored a run off Yu Darvish to send the game into extra innings. In the 10th, Ichiro drove in two on a single to give Japan a 5-3 win. There are currently 12 players signed to professional contracts in the United States including Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish and New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.

Japan Roster
Name # B/T Height Weight Birth Date
Pitchers
Ryo Akiyoshi 12 R-R 5'11" 160 Mar 21, 1989
Shintaro Fujinami 17 R-R 6'0" 180 Apr 12, 1994
Yoshihisa Hirano 66 R-R 6'1" 185 Mar 8, 1984
Kenta Ishida 26 L-L 5'10" 182 Mar 1, 1993
Ayumu Ishikawa 20 R-R 6'1" 17 Apr 11, 1988
Kazuhisa Makita 35 R-R 5'10" 181 Nov 10, 1984
Tatsushi Masuda 48 R-R 5'10" 176 Apr 23, 1988
Hirotoshi Masui 19 R-R 5'11" 148 Jun 26, 1984
Naoki Miyanishi 15 L-L 5'11" 165 Jun 2, 1985
Masahiko Morifuku 21 R-R 5'7" 143 Jul 29, 1986
Yusuke Nomura 28 R-R 5'10" 160 Jun 24, 1989
Takahiro Norimoto 14 R-R 5'10" 178 Dec 17, 1990
Toshiya Okada 34 L-L 5'10" 143 Dec 5, 1991
Hirokazu Sawamura 18 R-R 6'0" 212 Apr 3, 1988
Kodai Senga 41 L-R 6'0" 178 Jan 30, 1993
Tomoyuki Sugano 11 R-R 6'1" 183 Oct 11, 1989
Shota Takeda 30 R-R 6'1" 185 Apr 3, 1993
Catchers
Shota Ohno 27 R-R 5'10" 169 Jan 13, 1987
Ginjiro Sumitani 9 R-R 5'11" 205 Jul 19, 1987
Infielders
Nobuhiro Matsuda 3 R-R 5'11" 187 May 17, 1983
Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh 25 L-R 6'0" 210 Nov 26, 1991
Outfielders
Norichika Aoki 7 L-R 5'9" 180 Jan 5, 1982
Ryosuke Hirata 8 R-R 5'9" 185 Mar 23, 1988
Sho Nakata 13 R-R 6'0" 209 Apr 22, 1989
Seiya Suzuki 51 R-R 5'11" 182 Aug 18, 1994
Seiichi Uchikawa 1 R-R 6'0" 180 Aug 4, 1982
Japan Coaching Staff
Name # Role
Coaches
Hiroki Kokubo Manager
Hiroshi Gondoh Coach
Atsunori Inaba Coach
Hiroshi Narahara Coach
Toshihisa Nishi Coach
Takayuki Ohnishi Coach
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