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List of famous baseball players from Japan, listed alphabetically with photos of the players when available. Japan has produced some very talented baseball players over the years, including pitchers, catchers, infielders and outfielders. These are some of the best Japanese baseball players to ever live, so if you're a native of Japan and are aspiring to play ball professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular baseball player from Japan then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list below has everything from Kazumi Saito to Masayoshi Miwa.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Japanese baseball players?" and "Which baseball players are from Japan?"

You can click on the names of these legendary baseball players of Japan in order to get more information about each one. If you play baseball or just love the sport then use this list of talented Japanese baseball players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.

1
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder
Ichiro Suzuki (born October 22, 1973), often referred to mononymously as Ichiro, is a Japanese retired professional baseball outfielder who played 28 seasons combined in top-level professional ...more

2
Yu Darvish is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Pitcher
Yu Darvish (born 16 August 1986) is a Japanese professional baseball starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball. Darvish previously played in MLB for the Texas Rangers and ...more

3
Koji Uehara is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
Koji Uehara is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher who plays for the Boston Red Sox. He has played in Nippon Professional Baseball with the Yomiuri Giants and in Major League Baseball for ...more

4
Hideki Matsui is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Designated hitter, Left fielder, Center fielder
Hideki Matsui is a Japanese former professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter who played baseball in Japan and the United States. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. After ...more

5
Sadaharu Oh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
First baseman
Sadaharu Oh, also known as Wang Chen-chih, is a retired Japanese–Chinese baseball player and manager who played 22 seasons for the Yomiuri Giants in Nippon Professional Baseball from 1959 to ...more

6
Hiroki Kuroda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Starting pitcher, Pitcher
Hiroki Kuroda is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball. He pitched in NPB for Hiroshima from 1997 through 2007 before playing in ...more

7
Masahide Kobayashi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
Masahide "Masa" Kobayashi is a former professional baseball pitcher who currently is the pitching coach for the Chiba Lotte Marines. From 1997-2007, Kobayashi played in the Nippon ...more

8
Hisashi Iwakuma is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher, Pitcher
Hisashi Iwakuma is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher with the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball. He previously played for the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes and Tohoku Rakuten Golden ...more

9
Keiichi Yabu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
Keiichi Yabu is a Japanese baseball pitching coach for the Hanshin Tigers and a former baseball pitcher. He played eleven seasons in Japan, and parts of two seasons in Major League Baseball for ...more

10
Kazuhiro Sasaki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
Kazuhiro "Daimajin" Sasaki is a former Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher. He played his entire NPB career with the Yokohama Taiyo ...more

11
Yoshinori Tateyama is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Relief pitcher
Yoshinori Tateyama is a Japanese former professional baseball pitcher. A sidearm pitcher, Tateyama relied chiefly on a sinking fastball that averaged 87–88 mph and a curveball in the low 70s. He ...more

12
Akinori Otsuka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
Akinori Otsuka is a retired Japanese Baseball Pitcher who coaches for the Chunichi Dragons in Nippon Professional Baseball. He was formerly the set-up man for the San Diego Padres and the Texas ...more

13
Kazuo Matsui is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Infielder, Second baseman, Shortstop
Kazuo Matsui is a Japanese professional baseball player.

14
Kenji Jojima is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Catcher, First baseman
Kenji Johjima is a Japanese former professional baseball player. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball for four years with the Seattle Mariners in the American League, then returned to ...more

15
Ken Takahashi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Starting pitcher
Ken Takahashi is a Japanese former professional baseball player. He played for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in 1995-2008 and the New York Mets in 2009. He returned to the Carp in 2010. Takahashi was ...more

16
Munenori Kawasaki is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Shortstop
Munenori Kawasaki is a Japanese professional baseball shortstop in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Previously, he played for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball, and ...more

17
Norichika Aoki is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Right fielder, Left fielder
Norichika "Nori" Aoki is a Japanese professional baseball outfielder for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. He has also played in MLB for the Milwaukee Brewers and ...more

18
Kyuji Fujikawa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Pitcher
Kyuji Fujikawa is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball. He previously pitched for the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball and the ...more

19
Masahiro Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Pitcher
Masahiro Tanaka (born November 1, 1988) is a Japanese professional baseball starting pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). From 2007 through 2013, he played for the ...more

20
Junichi Tazawa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Pitcher
Junichi Tazawa is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher with the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball.

21
Hideki Okajima is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Pitcher
Hideki Okajima is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher. He is currently with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars. He played with the Boston Red Sox from 2007-2011, and was elected to the 2007 Major ...more

22
Yasuhiko Yabuta is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Pitcher
Yasuhiko Yabuta is a Japanese baseball pitcher. He currently plays for the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. He competed in the 2006 World Baseball Classic and struck ...more

23
Tsuyoshi Shinjo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Outfielder
Tsuyoshi Shinjo is a former Japanese professional baseball outfielder. Shinjo is the second Japanese-born position player to play a Major League Baseball game and was the first Japanese-born ...more

24
Hideki Irabu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Starting pitcher, Pitcher
Hideki Irabu was a Japanese professional baseball player of Japanese and American mixed ancestry. He played professionally in both Japan and the United States.

25
Akinori Iwamura is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Baseball Players from Japan
Infielder, Second baseman, Third baseman
Akinori Iwamura is a Japanese baseball infielder, who currently is a player-manager for the Fukushima Hopes in Japan's Baseball Challenge League. He made his Major League debut with the Tampa ...more