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.

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

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

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16 3
Yu Darvish is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Yu Darvish Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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12 3
Masahiro Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Masahiro Tanaka Pitcher

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

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10 2
Koji Uehara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Koji Uehara Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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11 4
Norichika Aoki is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Norichika Aoki Right fielder, Left fielder

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12 5
Hisashi Iwakuma is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Hisashi Iwakuma Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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7 1
Kenta Maeda is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Kenta Maeda Pitcher

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Takashi Saito is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Takashi Saito Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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

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10 4
Kazuhiro Sasaki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Kazuhiro Sasaki Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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10 4
Kosuke Fukudome is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Kosuke Fukudome Right fielder, Outfielder

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Masanori Murakami is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time

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10 5
Hideki Okajima is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Hideki Okajima Pitcher

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8 5
Kyuji Fujikawa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Kyuji Fujikawa Pitcher

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5 2
Munenori Kawasaki is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Munenori Kawasaki Shortstop

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6 4
Steve Chitren is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Steve Chitren Pitcher

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5 3
Ryota Igarashi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Ryota Igarashi Pitcher

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Kazuo Fukumori is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Kazuo Fukumori Relief Pitcher

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Kei Igawa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Kei Igawa Pitcher

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Hiroki Kuroda is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Hiroki Kuroda Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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3 1
Tsuyoshi Nishioka is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Tsuyoshi Nishioka Infielder, Second baseman

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3 1
Dave Roberts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Dave Roberts Outfielder, Left fielder, Center fielder

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Masao Kida is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Masao Kida Pitcher

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6 5
Bobby Fenwick is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Bobby Fenwick Infielder

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Kenshin Kawakami is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time

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4 3
Tadahito Iguchi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Tadahito Iguchi Infielder, Second baseman

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Satoru Komiyama is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Satoru Komiyama Pitcher

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2 1
Mac Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Mac Suzuki Pitcher

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2 1
Daisuke Matsuzaka is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time

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Masumi Kuwata is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Masumi Kuwata Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Jim Bowie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Jim Bowie Infielder

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3 3
Craig House is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Craig House Pitcher

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2 2
Steve Randolph is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Steve Randolph Pitcher

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1 1
Takahito Nomura is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Takahito Nomura Relief Pitcher

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1 1
Micheal Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time

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3 4
Kazuhisa Ishii is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Kazuhisa Ishii Pitcher

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3 4
Hideki Irabu is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Hideki Irabu Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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3 4
Kenji Jojima is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Kenji Jojima Catcher, First baseman

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3 4
Akinori Iwamura is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Akinori Iwamura Infielder, Second baseman, Third baseman

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3 4
Takashi Kashiwada is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Takashi Kashiwada Relief Pitcher

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2 3
Norihiro Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Norihiro Nakamura Infielder

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2 3
Toru Murata is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Toru Murata Pitcher

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Akinori Otsuka is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Akinori Otsuka Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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1 2
Keith McDonald is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Keith McDonald Catcher

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Jeff McCurry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Jeff McCurry Pitcher

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1 2
Masahide Kobayashi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Masahide Kobayashi Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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1 2
Tomo Ohka is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Japanese MLB Players Of All Time
Tomo Ohka Pitcher