Kyodo – Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks manager Kimiyasu Kudo has made sure Pacific League rival Chiba Lotte will be well represented in next week’s All-Star Series by naming seven Marines players to the 28-man PL all-star squad.
The final roster picks by PL skipper Kudo and Central League manager Mitsuru Manaka of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows were announced Monday, with the Marines earning the bulk of the additions to the games to be held in Fukuoka on July 15 and Yokohama on July 16. After earning no spots on the roster in the fan and player ballots, Kudo saw to it that the Marines have more players on the squad than any other PL team.
In the CL, Manaka added four from the league-leading Hiroshima Carp to see them pull even with the Marines with seven players representing their league. Manaka also added four players from the Yokohama BayStars including rookie catcher Yasutaka Tobashira, who has received high marks for his pitch calling for a team that is leading the league in ERA.
Another unheralded player on the CL squad is Hanshin Tigers catcher Fumihito Haraguchi, who was May’s CL player of the month after spending all of his first six pro seasons in the minors.
All-star squads (+ denotes fan selection, * denotes player selection):
Pitchers: +*Tomoyuki Sugano, Scott Mathieson (Yomiuri Giants); +Shinji Tajima, (Chunichi Dragons); +Yasuaki Yamasaki, Shun Yamaguchi, Kenta Ishida, Tomoya Mikami (Yokohama BayStars), Ryo Akiyoshi (Tokyo Yakult Swallows); Yuta Iwasada, Shintaro Fujinami (Hanshin Tigers); Yusuke Nomura, Shota Nakazaki (Hiroshima Carp)
Catcher: +*Yuhei Nakamura (Swallows); Fumihito Haraguchi (Tigers); Yasutaka Tobashira (BayStars)
First Base: +*Takahiro Arai (Carp)
Second Base: +*Tetsuto Yamada (Swallows), Ryosuke Kikuchi (Carp)
Third Base: +*Shingo Kawabata (Swallows)
Shortstop: +*Hayato Sakamoto (Giants), Keiji Obiki (Swallows)
Outfielders: +*Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (BayStars); +Yoshihiro Maru, *Brad Eldred, Seiya Suzuki (Carp); +Shun Takayama (Tigers); *Wladimir Balentien (Swallows); Dayan Viciedo (Dragons)
Pitchers: +*Shohei Otani, Kohei Arihara, Chris Martin (Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters); +Kazuhisa Makita (Seibu Lions); +Dennis Sarfate, Tsuyoshi Wada (Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks); Ayumu Ishikawa, Hideaki Wakui, Yuji Nishino, Naoya Masuda (Chiba Lotte Marines); Shohei Tsukahara (Orix Buffaloes); Takahiro Norimoto (Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles)
Catchers: +*Ginjiro Sumitani (Lions); Tatsuhiro Tamura (Marines)
First Base: +Sho Nakata (Fighters); *Ernesto Mejia (Lions)
Second Base: +*Hideto Asamura (Lions)
Third Base: +*Nobuhiro Matsuda (Hawks), Brandon Laird (Fighters)
Shortstop: +*Kenta Imamiya (Hawks), Daichi Suzuki (Marines)
Outfielders: +*Yuki Yanagita (Hawks); +*Shogo Akiyama, Takumi Kuriyama (Lions); +*Yoshio Itoi (Buffaloes); Katsuya Kakunaka (Marines); Takero Okajima (Eagles)
Designated Hitter: +Yuya Hasegawa (Hawks)