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Japan prepping for 2008 Olympics – Baseball

by on Apr.01, 2008 @ 1:47 am, under Other

Senichi Hoshino, the Japanese manager for the 2008 Olympic Baseball Team, has picked 77 players as potential candidates to make the final roster of 24. The final roster will be ready by the end of June. And then starting on August 2nd (through August 7th) the Olympic bound squad will begin training for the Olympic event set to begin on the 13th in Beijing.

Pitchers (42)
Masanori Hayashi, Yomiuri Giants
Koji Uehara, Yomiuri Giants
Hisanori Takahashi, Yomiuri Giants
Tetsuya Utsumi, Yomiuri Giants
Kentarou Nishimura, Yomiuri Giants
Kenshin Kawakami, Chunichi Dragons
Hitoki Iwase, Chunichi Dragons
Kenichi Nakata, Chunichi Dragons
Yoshihiro Suzuki, Chunichi Dragons
Takashi Odawara, Chunichi Dragons
Minoru Iwata, Hanshin Tigers
Kyuji Fujikawa, Hanshin Tigers
Tomoyuki Kubota, Hanshin Tigers
Takeharu Kato, Yokohama Bay Stars
Atsushi Kizuka, Yokohama Bay Stars
Kan Otake, Hiroshima Carp
Yoshinori Sato, Yakult Swallows
Kyohei Muranaka, Yakult Swallows
Mikinori Kato, Yakult Swallows
Yu Darvish, Ham Fighters
Hisashi Takeda, Ham Fighters
Mitsuo Yoshikawa, Ham Fighters
Micheal Nakamura, Ham Fighters
Masaru Takeda, Ham Fighters
Yusuke Kawasaki, Lotte Marines
Yasutomo Kubo, Lotte Marines
Yoshihisa Naruse, Lotte Marines
Shunsuke Watanabe, Lotte Marines
Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Lotte Marines
Shota Ooba, Softbank Hawks
Tsuyoshi Wada, Softbank Hawks
Kenji Ootonari, Softbank Hawks
Yuki Kume, Softbank Hawks
Toshiya Sugiuchi, Softbank Hawks
Koji Mise, Softbank Hawks
Masahiro Tanaka, Rakuten Eagles
Kohei Hasebe, Rakuten Eagles
Hisashi Iwakuma, Rakuten Eagles
Shinya Okamoto, Seibu Lions
Hideaki Wakui, Seibu Lions
Daisuke Kato, Orix Buffaloes
Chihiro Kaneko, Orix Buffaloes

Catchers (8)
Shinnosuke Abe, Yomiuri Giants
Motonobu Tanishige, Chunichi Dragons
Akihiro Yano, Hanshin Tigers
Ryoji Aikawa, Yokohama Bay Stars
Yoshiyuki Ishihara, Hiroshima Carp
Masakazu Fukuwa, Yakult Swallows
Tomoya Satozaki, Lotte Marines
Toru Hosokawa, Seibu Lions

Infielders (16)
Michihiro Ogasawara, Yomiuri Giants
Masahiro Araki, Chunichi Dragons
Hirokazu Ibata, Chunichi Dragons
Masahiko Morino, Chunichi Dragons
Takahiro Arai, Hanshin Tigers
Shuichi Murata, Yokohama Bay Stars
Kenta Kurihara, Hiroshima Carp
Kenzo Kawashima, Yakult Swallows
Shinya Miyamoto, Yakult Swallows
Hiroyasu Tanaka, Yakult Swallows
Sho Nakata, Ham Fighters
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Lotte Marines
Toshiaki Imae, Lotte Marines
Munenori Kawasaki, Softbank Hawks
Hiroyuki Nakajima, Seibu Lions
Yasuyuki Kataoka, Seibu Lions

Outfielders (11)
Yoshitomo Tani, Yomiuri Giants
Yoshinobu Takahashi, Yomiuri Giants
Kazuhiro Wada, Chunichi Dragons
Norihiro Akahoshi, Hanshin Tigers
Tasuhiko Kinjo, Yokohama Bay Stars
Yuki Yoshimura, Yokohama Bay Stars
Norichika Aoki, Yakult Swallows
Hichori Morimoto, Ham Fighters
Atsunori Inaba, Ham Fighters
Saburo Oomura, Lotte Marines
Hitoshi Tamura, Softbank Hawks