MLB The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time  

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Since 1964, over 60 Japanese baseball players have played in Major League Baseball. Featuring some of the best MLB players currently playing today and the greatest baseball players of all time, this list of MLB players from Japan includes World Series champions, Hall-of-Famers, and baseball legends. Who is the best MLB player from Japan?

When ranking the best Japanese MLB players, Ichiro Suzuki, Yu Darvish, and Hideki Matsui are definitely in the top 10. Other good MLB players who were born in Japan include Hideo Nomo, Kazuhiro Sasaki, Takashi Saito, and Kosuke Fukudome.

Vote up the best MLB players from Japan. Feel free to add any famous Japanese baseball players who have played in the Major Leagues who are missing from the list.

list ordered by

1
38 1
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

2
26 3
Hideki Matsui is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Designated hitter, Left fielder, Center fielder

3
19 4
Yu Darvish is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

4
20 5
Hideo Nomo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Pitcher

5
15 2
Koji Uehara is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

6
17 4
Masahiro Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Pitcher

7
15 4
Kazuhiro Sasaki is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
16 5
Hisashi Iwakuma is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher, Pitcher

9
11 2
Takashi Saito is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

10
14 5
Norichika Aoki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Right fielder, Left fielder

11
14 5
Hideki Okajima is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Pitcher

12
9 1
Hiroki Kuroda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

13
9 1
Kenta Maeda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Pitcher

14
11 3
Shigetoshi Hasegawa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time

15
12 5
Kosuke Fukudome is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder

16
7 1
Masanori Murakami is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time

17
7 1
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18
7 2
Munenori Kawasaki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Shortstop

19
10 5
Kyuji Fujikawa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Pitcher

20
5 1
Daisuke Matsuzaka is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time

21
7 4
Kenji Jojima is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Catcher, First baseman

22
6 3
Tadahito Iguchi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Infielder, Second baseman

23
6 4
Kazuhisa Ishii is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Pitcher

24
4 2
Satoru Komiyama is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Pitcher

25
4 2
Kazuo Fukumori is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Relief Pitcher

26
3 1
Mac Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Pitcher

27
3 1
Tsuyoshi Nishioka is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Infielder, Second baseman

28
3 1
Dave Roberts is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder, Center fielder

29
3 1
Kazuo Matsui is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Infielder, Second baseman, Shortstop

30
2 0
Masumi Kuwata is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

31
5 4
Akinori Iwamura is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Infielder, Second baseman, Third baseman

32
5 4
Hideki Irabu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

33
5 4
Ryota Igarashi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Pitcher

34
4 3
Kenshin Kawakami is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time

35
2 1
Masao Kida is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Masao Kida Pitcher

36
6 6
Bobby Fenwick is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Bobby Fenwick Infielder

37
6 6
Steve Chitren is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Steve Chitren Pitcher

38
4 4
Takashi Kashiwada is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Relief Pitcher

39
2 2
Akinori Otsuka is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

40
2 2
Masahide Kobayashi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

41
2 2
Tomo Ohka is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Pitcher

42
1 1
Takahito Nomura is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Relief Pitcher

43
1 1
Micheal Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time

44
1 1
Tsuyoshi Shinjo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Outfielder

45
6 7
Jim Bowie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Jim Bowie Infielder

46
4 5
Kei Igawa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Pitcher

47
3 4
Craig House is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Craig House Pitcher

48
2 3
Toru Murata is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Toru Murata Pitcher

49
2 4
Norihiro Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Infielder

50
2 4
Steve Randolph is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Steve Randolph Pitcher