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Professor
11-12-2005, 09:37 AM
I am being lazy here and instead of looking this up myself, I thought someone, or many people, might already know the answer to this question: Is Iguchi the first Japanese (position) player to win a World Series title? I am certain that the answer is obvious, but it has been a long work week and it is early Saturday morning; the question just popped into my head. Apologies in advance if this is redundant. Thanks.

RallyBowl
11-12-2005, 09:45 AM
yes

jabrch
11-12-2005, 09:46 AM
Bjung Jung Kim is Korean and a pitcher - so he doesn't meet your criteria of Japanese and position player. Hidecki Irabu is Japanese, but was a pitcher.

I would say yes. But that's just off the top of my head, so I may be wrong.

FanofBill
11-12-2005, 10:33 AM
Bjung Jung Kim is Korean and a pitcher - so he doesn't meet your criteria of Japanese and position player. Hidecki Irabu is Japanese, but was a pitcher.

I would say yes. But that's just off the top of my head, so I may be wrong.

I read in some papers a week or 2 ago and it did said that Iguchi was the first Japanese player to play on a World Series winning team (of any position). They also mentioned that Matsui played for the Yankees but he wasn't on their 25 men roster when they last won the WS. And another Japanese players was in the WS but he played on the loosing team, it might have been the Mets, I don't remember exactly.

DSpivack
11-13-2005, 01:19 AM
I read in some papers a week or 2 ago and it did said that Iguchi was the first Japanese player to play on a World Series winning team (of any position). They also mentioned that Matsui played for the Yankees but he wasn't on their 25 men roster when they last won the WS. And another Japanese players was in the WS but he played on the loosing team, it might have been the Mets, I don't remember exactly.

You are correct. Hideki Irabu got a few rings from the Yankees, but the only time he pitched in the postseason was 4 2/3 IP against the Sawx in the 1999 ALCS. Hideki Matsui only joined the Yanks in 2003, so no way was ever close to a WS Yankee team.

Kaz Matsui joined the Mets in 2004, Mets last made the WS in 2000.

Tsuyoshi Shinjo was an OF for the 2003 Giants, but they lost the WS.

So Taguchi was an OF for the 2004 Cardinals, but they also lost the WS.

Info gleaned from:
http://www.japaneseballplayers.com/en/
and
http://www.baseball-reference.com/

ATXBMX
11-13-2005, 04:04 AM
Dave Roberts (http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/team/player.jsp?player_id=150353) played for the 2004 Red Sox. He was born in Japan.

FanofBill
11-13-2005, 07:24 AM
Dave Roberts (http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/team/player.jsp?player_id=150353) played for the 2004 Red Sox. He was born in Japan.

He doesn't count. He has an American name. :tongue:

Professor
11-13-2005, 08:14 AM
Thanks to everyone who posted!

soxfan1965
11-15-2005, 05:53 AM
Lenn Sakata, who is ethnically Japanese, has a World Series ring as a second base utility man, but he is an American from Hawaii, not born in Japan. The World Series win was in 1983 (at the expense of the White Sox) with Baltimore, playing in one game. Sakata was the last starting shortstop for the Orioles before Cal Ripkin took over. Sakata has coached in Japan and he is currently the manager of the San Jose CA Giants (SF affiliate).