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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
Takeru Imamura 16 R-R 6'0" 183 Apr 17, 1991
Kenta Maeda 20 R-R 6'0" 160 Apr 11, 1988
Kazuhisa Makita 35 R-R 5'10" 181 Nov 10, 1984
Masahiko Morifuku 21 R-R 5'7" 143 Jul 29, 1986
Atsushi Nohmi 14 L-L 5'11" 165 May 28, 1979
Kenji Otonari 28 L-L 5'9" 187 Nov 19, 1984
Hirokazu Sawamura 15 R-R 6'0" 212 Apr 3, 1988
Tadashi Settsu 50 R-R 5'11" 198 Jun 1, 1982
Toshiya Sugiuchi 18 L-L 5'9" 181 Oct 30, 1980
Masahiro Tanaka 17 R-R 6'2" 205 Nov 1, 1988
Tetsuya Utsumi 26 L-L 6'1" 198 Apr 29, 1982
Hideaki Wakui 11 R-R 6'1" 187 Jun 21, 1986
Tetsuya Yamaguchi 47 L-L 6'0" 190 Nov 11, 1983
Catchers
Shinnosuke Abe 10 L-R 5'11" 214 Mar 20, 1979
Ryoji Aikawa 2 R-R 6'0" 190 Jul 11, 1976
Ginjiro Sumitani 27 R-R 5'11" 205 Jul 19, 1987
Infielders
Yuichi Honda 46 L-R 5'8" 159 Nov 19, 1984
Hirokazu Ibata 3 R-R 5'8" 165 May 12, 1975
Atsunori Inaba 41 L-L 6'1" 207 Aug 3, 1972
Nobuhiro Matsuda 5 R-R 5'11" 187 May 17, 1983
Kazuo Matsui 7 S-R 5'10" 187 Oct 23, 1975
Hayato Sakamoto 6 R-R 6'1" 176 Dec 14, 1988
Takashi Toritani 1 L-R 5'11" 170 Jun 26, 1981
Outfielders
Hisayoshi Chono 34 R-R 5'11" 185 Dec 6, 1984
Yoshio Itoi 9 L-L 6'2" 194 Jul 31, 1981
Katsuya Kakunaka 61 L-R 5'11" 176 May 25, 1987
Sho Nakata 13 R-R 6'0" 209 Apr 22, 1989
Seiichi Uchikawa 24 R-R 6'0" 180 Aug 4, 1982
Japan Coaching Staff
Name # Role
Coaches
Koji Yamamoto Manager
Osamu Higashio Coach
Masataka Nashida Coach
Koichi Ogata Coach
Nobuhiro Takashiro Coach
Kazuyoshi Tatsunami Coach
Tsuyoshi Yoda Coach
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