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Samurai Japan: Tatsunori Hara to announce WBC Preliminary Members

by on Dec.15, 2008 @ 3:04 am, under WBC

5:05 PM JST: The announcement is coming shortly, but TV reports are saying that anywhere from 45 to 34 players will be announced for the preliminary roster. I'll post updates as they come in.

5:10 PM JST: According to one TV channel's fan poll, Matsuzaka was picked by the most people as their first pick as starter for Samurai Japan. Darvish came in second and Uehara came in third. Ichiro was picked by most fans as a position player, followed by Ogasawara and Hideki Matsui.

One analyst picks:

SP Daisuke Matsuzaka
C Kenji Johjima
1B Michihiro Ogasawara
2B Yasuyuki Kataoka
3B Akinori Iwamura
SS Hiroyuki Nakajima
LF Seiichi Uchikawa
CF Kosuke Fukudome
RF Ichiro Suzuki

Where's Aoki!?

6:10PM JST: Here is the list of 34 players that have been picked for the preliminary roster.

Pitchers (16)
Matsuzaka Daisuke
Hiroki Kuroda
Takasahi Saito
Hideaki Wakui
Takayuki Kishi
Satoshi Komatsu
Yu Darvish
Shunsuke Watanabe
Hisashi Iwakuma
Masahiro Tanaka
Toshiya Sugiuchi
Tsuyoshi Wada
Takahiro Mahara
Tetsuya Utsumi
Tetsuya Yamaguchi
Kyuji Fujikawa

Catchers (4)
Kenji Johjima
Toru Hosokawa
Abe Shinnosuke
Yoshiyuki Ishihara

Infielders (8)
Akinori Iwamura
Yasuyuki Kataoka
Hiroyuki Nakajima
Nobuhiko Matsunaka
Munenori Kawasaki
Michihiro Ogasawara
Kenta Kurihara
Shuichi Murata

Outfielders (6)
Ichiro Suzuki
Kosuke Fukudome
Atsunori Inaba
Yoshiyuki Kamei
Seiichi Uchikawa
Norichika Aoki

This list will be pared down to 28 by February 15, 2009.