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Japan 2023 World Baseball Classic Roster

Japan announced its 30-man roster for the 2023 World Baseball Classic on Thursday afternoon.

Padres ace Yu Darvish and Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani lead a loaded pitching staff while Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki and newly-signed Red Sox outfielder Masataka Yoshida anchor a dangerous lineup. Cardinals outfielder Lars Nootbaar, whose mother is Japanese, is also on the team and is the only player on the roster who was not born and raised in Japan.

In addition to the five major leaguers, the team features most of the top stars in Nippon Professional Baseball. Roki Sasaki, the 21-year-old phenom who thew Japan's first perfect game in 28 years last season, and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who has won back-to-back Sawamura Awards as NPB's top pitcher, join Darvish and Ohtani on the pitching staff. The lineup will include third baseman Munetaka Murakami, who hit 56 home runs last season to break Sadaharu Oh's single-season home run record by a Japanese-born player.

The team will be managed by Hideki Kuriyama, who is making his debut as national team manager. Kuriyama managed the Nippon Ham Fighters from 2012-21 and helped develop Ohtani in Japan.

Update: Outfielder Seiya Suzuki has withdrawn from the WBC due to a hamstring injury. Second baseman/outfielder Taisei Makihara has been added as an injury replacement.

Yu DarvishSan Diego Padres
Shota ImanagaDeNA BayStars
Hiromi ItoNippon Ham Fighters
Ryoji KuribayashiHiroshima Carp
Yuki MatsuiRakuten Eagles
Hiroya MiyagiOrix Buffaloes
Shohei OhtaniLos Angeles Angels
Taisei OtaYomiuri Giants
Roki SasakiLotte Marines
Hiroto TakahashiYakult Swallows
Keiji TakahashiYakult Swallows
Shosei TogoYomiuri Giants
Yuki UdagawaOrix Buffaloes
Yoshinobu YamamotoOrix Buffaloes
Atsuki YuasaHanshin Tigers
Takuya KaiSoftBank Hawks
Yuhei NakamuraYakult Swallows
Takumi OshiroYomiuri Giants
Sosuke GendaSeibu Lions
Shugo MakiDeNA BayStars
Taisei MakiharaSoftBank Hawks
Munetaka MurakamiYakult Swallows
Takumu NakanoHanshin Tigers
Kazuma OkamotoYomiuri Giants
Ukyo ShutoSoftBank Haws
Tetsuto YamadaYakult Swallows
Hotaka YamakawaSeibu Lions
Kensuke KondoSoftBank Hawks
Lars NootbaarSt. Louis Cardinals
Masataka YoshidaBoston Red Sox
Anthony Volpe (Photo By Julio Aguilar Getty Images)

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