Japan national baseball team

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Japan national baseball team
SAMURAI JAPAN logo.svg
Information
CountryFlag of Japan.svg Japan
Federation Baseball Federation of Japan
Confederation Baseball Federation of Asia
Manager Atsunori Inaba
WBSC ranking 1 Steady2.svg (28 June 2021) [1]
Uniforms
Japan baseball uniform.png
World Baseball Classic
Appearances4 (First in 2006 )
Best resultGold medal world centered.svg 1st (2 times, most recent in 2009 )
Olympic Games
Appearances5 (First in 1992 )
Best resultSilver medal olympic.svg 2nd (1 time, in 1996 )
World Cup
Appearances15 (First in 1972 )
Best resultSilver medal world centered.svg 2nd (1 time, in 1982 )
Intercontinental Cup
Appearances15 (First in 1973 )
Best resultGold medal world centered-2.svg 1st (2 times, most recent in 1997 )
Asian Games
Appearances4 (First in 1994 )
Best resultGold medal asia.svg 1st (1 time, in 1994 )
Asian Championship
Appearances25 (First in 1954 )
Best resultGold medal asia.svg 1st (17 times, most recent in 2017 )

The Japan national baseball team (野球日本代表, Yakyū Nihon Daihyō) is the national team representing Japan in international baseball competitions. It took 2nd place in the Baseball World Cup in 1982, and won the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009. The team is currently ranked #1 in the world by the World Baseball Softball Confederation. [1]

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The team has participated in every Summer Olympic Games since the first demonstration tournament in 1984, through when baseball was discontinued following the 2008 Beijing Games. Until 2000, the team was made up exclusively of amateur players. Since the 2000 Summer Olympics, the team has been composed of players from Nippon Professional Baseball. The team that played in the 2006 World Baseball Classic included Japanese players from Major League Baseball as well.

The team won the 2006 Classic. It played at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, as it had qualified through the Asian Baseball Championship in 2007. Unlike the WBC roster, the Olympic team was composed exclusively of NPB players (though it included one amateur player, who was drafted during the tournament's progress). Japan participated in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, finishing third.

Team Japan won the 12-team 2019 WBSC Premier12 Tournament. At the Olympics in 2021 it will face Israel, Mexico, South Korea, the United States, and the Dominican Republic.

Current roster

Source: [2]

Japan roster 2019 WBSC Premier12 roster
PlayersCoaches
Pitchers
Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Nickname

The team has been nicknamed "Samurai Japan" (侍ジャパン). [3] Like other national teams in Japan, the nickname is usually prefixed with the surname of the manager. However, in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, the team used Samurai , a symbol of Japan's history, instead of Hara, the surname of their manager. In 2012, it was adopted officially.

Regional competition

Asian Baseball Championship

Japan have dominated the Asian Baseball Championship since its inception, and have competed in every year. Japan have never missed out on placing in the top 3 in any tournament, and is the only team to have achieved this feat. Japan also holds the record for most consecutive Asian Championships, having won four times in a row on two occasions.

Asian Games

In all four Asian Games to include baseball, Japan have placed in the top 3 in every tournament, though they have only won the tournament once in the first event held in Hiroshima in 1994.

International competition

2009 World Baseball Classic finals. Kenji Johjima and Yu Darvish WBC Japan Japan.jpg
2009 World Baseball Classic finals. Kenji Johjima and Yu Darvish
World Baseball Classic Championship Trophy WBC Championship Trophy.JPG
World Baseball Classic Championship Trophy

World Baseball Classic

2006

Japan won the inaugural 2006 World Baseball Classic, defeating Cuba in the Final.

2006 WBC roster

2009

Japan also won the 2009 World Baseball Classic, hosting the Pool A games in the Tokyo Dome. Japan started the tournament opener with a 4–0 win over China. Japan then secured advancement into the second round with a 14–2 win in seven innings over rival South Korea. The game was shortened due to the WBC's mercy rule. Japan then played South Korea again to determine seeding for the second round. In the rematch, the Koreans shut out Japan 1–0, making Japan advance as the Pool A runner-up. In Pool 1 of the WBC quarter-finals, Japan defeated Cuba 6–0, but lost to Korea again 4–1. In the elimination match that followed, Japan secured a spot in the semi-finals with a 5–0 win over Cuba. Japan defeated South Korea in the Finals 5–3 partly because of an Ichiro Suzuki base hit in the 10th inning.

2009 WBC roster

2013: The end of the championship streak

Japan, the two-time world defending champions, entered the 2013 World Baseball Classic, hosting Pool A games in the Fukuoka Dome, facing off against Cuba, China, and newcomers Brazil. Despite their first loss against the Cuban team, they secured their position for the second round in 2013 World Baseball Classic Pool 1 to face off the Netherlands and Chinese Taipei. The Japanese team narrowly won against Chinese Taipei 4-3, before proceeding to face off against the Dutch team, winning against them twice before proceeding to the semi-final round, along with the Netherlands, as they faced off against Puerto Rico. Despite Japan's efforts, they eventually lost 3-1 against the Puerto Rican team right after Alex Ríos scored two additional runs from a home run. Japan finished third in the 2013 WBC, as their two-time championship streak ended. The Japanese team bowed out to both the crowd and the Puerto Rican team as a gesture of respect.

2013 WBC roster

2017

In the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Japan hosted Pool B games in the Tokyo Dome. They finished first round play with a 3-0 record and advanced to the second round. [4] After batting .364, outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh was named the Pool B MVP. [5] In the second round, Japan hosted Pool E games in the Tokyo Dome and again finished pool play with a 3-0 record, advancing to the championship round. However, Japan lost to the United States 2-1 in the semifinal. They finished the tournament in third place. Pitcher Kodai Senga was named to the All-World Baseball Classic Team.

2017 WBC roster

Olympic Games

Baseball World Cup

Intercontinental Cup

Premier12 Tournament

2015

Team Japan came in third in the 2015 WBSC Premier12 Tournament.

2019

Team Japan won the 12-team 2019 WBSC Premier12 Tournament, which was held from November 2 to 17, 2019. [6]

International tournament results

World Baseball Classic

Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
World Baseball Classic
Tournament Results
Japan / United States 2006 1st
Japan / United States 2009 1st
Japan / United States 2013 3rd
Japan / United States 2017 3rd
Medal Tally
Gold medal world.svg
Gold
2
Silver medal world.svg
Silver
-
Bronze medal world.svg
Bronze
2
World Baseball Classic record Qualification record
YearRoundPositionWLRSRAWLRSRA
Flag of Japan.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2006 Final Med 1.png 1st536021No qualifiers held
Flag of Japan.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2009 Final Med 1.png 1st725016No qualifiers held
Flag of Japan.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2013 Semifinal Med 3.png 3rd524427Automatically qualified
Flag of Japan.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2017 Semifinal Med 3.png 3rd614724Automatically qualified
Total4/423820188----

Olympic Games

Summer Olympics record Qualification
YearHostRoundPositionWLRSRA
1964 JapanExhibition only0126
1984 United StatesFinals1st [lower-alpha 1] 413311
1988 South KoreaFinals2nd [lower-alpha 1] 412717
1992 SpainBronze MatchBronze medal olympic.svg 3rd637022
1996 United StatesFinalsSilver medal olympic.svg 2nd547759
2000 AustraliaBronze Match4th454229 Silver medal asia.svg 1999 Asian Baseball Championship
2004 GreeceBronze MatchBronze medal olympic.svg 3rd726023 Gold medal asia.svg 2003 Asian Baseball Championship
2008 People's Republic of ChinaBronze Match4th453628 Gold medal asia.svg 2007 Asian Baseball Championship
2020 JapanQualifiedHost
Total [lower-alpha 2] 6/62619285161
  1. 1 2 No medals awarded; tournament was a demonstration sport only
  2. Totals only include years 1992 to 2008 and 2020, during which baseball was an official medal sport.

Baseball World Cup

  

Intercontinental Cup

  

Asian Baseball Championship

   

See also

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References

  1. 1 2 "WBSC Ranking". WBSC. 28 June 2021. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  2. "List of Players (Update History)". www.japan-baseball.jp. Baseball Federation of Japan (BFJ). 5 July 2021. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  3. "Samurai Japan sets roster for 2013 World Baseball Classic".
  4. "World Baseball Classic: Cuba, Japan advance to 2nd round" - CBC Sports - Baseball - MLB
  5. "Two teams from WBSC Premier12 2019 to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Baseball". WBSC.org. December 19, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2019.