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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 R-R 5'11" 160 Mar 21, 1989
Shintaro Fujinami R-R 6'0" 180 Apr 12, 1994
Yoshihisa Hirano R-R 6'1" 185 Mar 8, 1984
Kenta Ishida L-L 5'10" 182 Mar 1, 1993
Ayumu Ishikawa R-R 6'1" 17 Apr 11, 1988
Yuta Iwasada L-L 6'0" 167 Sep 5, 1991
Kazuhisa Makita R-R 5'10" 181 Nov 10, 1984
Tatsushi Masuda R-R 5'10" 176 Apr 23, 1988
Hirotoshi Masui R-R 5'11" 148 Jun 26, 1984
Yuki Matsui L-L 5'8" 165 Oct 30, 1995
Naoki Miyanishi L-L 5'11" 165 Jun 2, 1985
Masahiko Morifuku R-R 5'7" 143 Jul 29, 1986
Yusuke Nomura R-R 5'10" 160 Jun 24, 1989
Takahiro Norimoto R-R 5'10" 178 Dec 17, 1990
Daichi Ohsera R-R 6'1" 205 Jun 17, 1991
Toshiya Okada L-L 5'10" 143 Dec 5, 1991
Hirokazu Sawamura R-R 6'0" 212 Apr 3, 1988
Kodai Senga L-R 6'0" 178 Jan 30, 1993
Tomoyuki Sugano R-R 6'1" 183 Oct 11, 1989
Shota Takeda R-R 6'1" 185 Apr 3, 1993
Yasuaki Yamasaki R-R 5'10" 182 Oct 2, 1992
Catchers
Seiji Kobayashi R-R 5'8" 173 Jun 7, 1989
Shota Ohno R-R 5'10" 169 Jan 13, 1987
Motohiro Shima R-R 5'10" 181 Dec 13, 1984
Infielders
Ryosuke Kikuchi R-R 5'7" 152 Mar 11, 1990
Nobuhiro Matsuda R-R 5'11" 187 May 17, 1983
Hayato Sakamoto R-R 6'1" 176 Dec 14, 1988
Kosuke Tanaka L-R 5'6" 179 Jul 3, 1989
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo L-R 6'0" 210 Nov 26, 1991
Tetsuto Yamada R-R 5'10" 163 Jul 16, 1992
Outfielders
Shogo Akiyama L-R 5'0" 182 Apr 16, 1988
Norichika Aoki L-R 5'9" 180 Jan 5, 1982
Ryosuke Hirata R-R 5'9" 185 Mar 23, 1988
Sho Nakata R-R 6'0" 209 Apr 22, 1989
Seiya Suzuki R-R 5'11" 182 Aug 18, 1994
Seiichi Uchikawa R-R 6'0" 180 Aug 4, 1982
Japan Coaching Staff
Name # Role
Coaches
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