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Japan: 2011 Baseball World Cup Roster

Japan: 2011 Baseball World Cup Roster

JAPAN – The Baseball Federation of Japan (BFJ) has announced a 24-man roster for the upcoming 2011 Baseball World Cup slated for Oct. 1-15 in Panama. The United States are the reigning champion at the IBAF’s main tournament.

Japan’s squad of industrial league standouts finished 10th out of 22 teams at the 2009 Baseball World Cup held in eight European cities. Former Mitsubishi HI Nagasaki manager Hirotami Kojima will be calling the shots for the youthful Japanese side.

2011 JAPAN NATIONAL TEAM:

CATCHERS:
Shigeki Nakano, JR Kyushu; Takahito Matsuda, Tokyo Gas.

INFIELDERS:
Ryoichi Adachi, Toshiba; Yohei Kawato, Honda; Kanichi Matoba, Toyota; Takato Kobayashi, Mitsubishi Okazaki; Yuichi Tabata, Honda; Kenichi Yokoyama, Mitsubishi Juko Kobe; Mayo Sakagami, Mitsubishi Juko Yokohama.

OUTFIELDERS:
Takayoshi Kawabata, JR Higashi Nihon; Yoshinobu Kotegawa, Honda; Keiji Ikebe, JX-ENEOS; Mitsugu Kitamichi, NTT Higashi Nihon; Toshiyuki Hayashi, Fuji Juko.

PITCHERS:
Naobumi Mitsuhashi, JFE Higashi Nihon; Atsushi Tanaka, Panasonic; Koichi Kotaka, Saginomiya Seisakusho; Takashi Fujita, Toshiba; Masamitsu Hamano, JR Kyushu; Hirofumi Yamanaka, Honda Kumamoto; Yuichiro Utagawa, Mitsubishi Okazaki; Ken Togame, JR Higashi Nihon; Tomoyuki Kaida, Nihon Seimei; Hiroya Kawamitsu, Kyushu Kyoritsu Univeristy.

COACHING STAFF:
Hirotami Kojima (Head Coach), Kazutoyo Hayase, Masafumi Nishi and Shoichi Nakajima.

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About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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