Here is Japan's 30-man roster for the 2023 World Baseball Classic, running from March 8 to March 21. Samurai Japan will host Pool B at Tokyo Dome, where Australia, China, the Czech Republic and South Korea will also compete for two quarterfinal berths.
The Asian quarterfinals will pit the top teams from Tokyo and Pool A in Taiwan, against the second-place team from the other pool, with the winners advancing to the semifinals in Miami.
Japan is the tournament's only four-time semifinalist, having won the first two editions in 2006 and 2009 before falling in the semifinals in 2013 and 2017.
Manager Hideki Kuriyama has said he wants a team that will win while showing Japan's style of baseball in its best light. That ideal combines a focus on pitching and defense and the ability to scratch out one run whenever needed.
His pitching staff is loaded with strikeout artists, most of whom throw a quality split-fingered fastball, while the mostly left-handed-hitting position players bring a tantalizing mix of blazing speed, exceptional defense, plate discipline and power.
※Please scroll and tap each player's photo for his profile. (Ages as of March 8, 2023).
World Baseball Classic Japan player profiles (plain text)
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