Famous Japanese Baseball Players

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Ichiro Suzuki
(The First Japanese-born Position Player to be Posted and Signed to an MLB Club)
Ichiro Suzuki
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Birthdate: October 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aichi, Japan

Ichiro Suzuki is a Japanese former baseball player who played as an outfielder in top-level professional leagues, including Major League Baseball (MLB). Also a popular player at the Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, Suzuki became the first MLB player to be inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame

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Shohei Ohtani
(Japanese Professional Baseball Pitcher, Designated Hitter and Outfielder)
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Birthdate: July 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oshu, Iwate, Japan

Affectionately called Sho Time and the Japanese Babe Ruth, Japanese baseball star Shohei Ohtani is known for his successful stint with the MLB team Los Angeles Angels. Earlier, while with the Hokkaido-Nippon Ham Fighters, he set the record for the fastest-ever pitch thrown by a Japanese player.

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Yu Darvish
(Baseball Pitcher)
Yu Darvish
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Birthdate: August 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Osaka, Japan

Born to a Japanese father and an Iranian mother, Sefat Farid Yu Darvish, better known as Yu Darvish, started playing baseball in second grade. Known for his baseball skills and his 6’5” frame, he is a 4-time All-Star and has played for teams such as the Chicago Cubs and the LA Dodgers.

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Hideki Matsui
(Baseball player)
Hideki Matsui
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Birthdate: June 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Neagarimachi, Ishikawa, Japan
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Masahiro Tanaka
(Baseball Player)
Masahiro Tanaka
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Birthdate: November 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Itami, Hyōgo, Japan
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Daisuke Matsuzaka
(Baseball player - Pitcher)
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Birthdate: September 13, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Aomori, Aomori, Japan
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Munenori Kawasaki
(Baseball player)
Munenori Kawasaki
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Birthdate: June 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aira, Kagoshima, Japan
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Kenta Maeda
(Baseball player Pitcher)
Kenta Maeda
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Birthdate: April 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tadaoka, Osaka, Japan
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Nomo Hideo
(Baseball player)
Nomo Hideo
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Birthdate: August 31, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ōsaka, Japan
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Sadaharu Oh
(Baseball player)
Sadaharu Oh
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Birthdate: May 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sumida City, Tokyo, Japan
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Koji Uehara
(Former Baseball player pitcher)
Koji Uehara
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Birthdate: April 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
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Yoshi Tsutsugo
(Baseball player)
Yoshi Tsutsugo
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Birthdate: November 26, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hashimoto, Wakayama, Japan
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Yuta Tabuse
(Basketball player)
Yuta Tabuse
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Birthdate: October 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yokohama
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Hideki Irabu
(Baseball player)
Hideki Irabu
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Birthdate: May 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hirara, Okinawa, Japan
Died: July 27, 2011
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Yusei Kikuchi
(Baseball player)
Yusei Kikuchi
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Birthdate: June 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Morioka, Iwate, Japan
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Hisashi Iwakuma
(Baseball player)
Hisashi Iwakuma
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Birthdate: April 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Higashiyamato
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Tsuyoshi Shinjo
(Baseball player)
Tsuyoshi Shinjo
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Birthdate: January 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tsushima, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
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Shogo Akiyama
(Baseball player)
Shogo Akiyama
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Birthdate: April 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
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Hiroki Kuroda
(Baseball pitcher)
Hiroki Kuroda
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Birthdate: February 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
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Shun Yamaguchi
(Baseball player)
Shun Yamaguchi
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Birthdate: July 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ōita, Japan
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Wally Yonamine
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Birthdate: June 24, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hawaii, United States
Died: February 28, 2011
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Kōichi Tabuchi
(Baseball player)
Kōichi Tabuchi
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Birthdate: September 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toshima-ku
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Victor Starffin
(Baseball pitcher in Japan to win 300 games)
Victor Starffin
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Birthdate: May 1, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nizhny Tagil, Russia
Died: January 12, 1957
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Tomohiro Kuroki
(Baseball player)
Tomohiro Kuroki
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Birthdate: December 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hyūga, Miyazaki, Japan
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Takashi Kurosu
(Baseball player)
Takashi Kurosu
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Birthdate: September 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saitama, Japan
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Louis Okoye
(Baseball outfielder for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles)
Louis Okoye
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Birthdate: July 21, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan