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Great Japanese Fielders

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Great Japanese Fielders
I love the Japanese game, but I always felt the fielding here was very conservative. When I think of MLB history, it's easy to think of dramatic infielders with great range (Brooks Robinson, Ozzie Smith) and outfielders who performed circus catches (Willie Mays, Jim Edmonds).

I was just wondering who some people thought are some of the great Japanese defensive greats, either retired or current.
Re: Great Japanese Fielders
[ Author: Deanna | Posted: Jul 14, 2009 1:27 AM | NIP Fan ]

Resists... urge... to reply... with "Keijiro Matsumoto and Sho Nakata"...

Seriously, though, when I think of fantastic infielders with great range, the first guy to come to mind is Chunichi's Hirokazu Ibata, and his double-play partner Masahiro Araki. But Ibata's pretty amazing to watch all on his own.

Circus outfielders? Tsuyoshi Shinjo and his protege Hichori Morimoto did/do a decent job in that department.
Re: Great Japanese Fielders
[ Author: number9 | Posted: Jul 15, 2009 1:38 AM ]

Former Marine, Giant, and current Eagle shortstop Makoto Kosaka had incredible range in his prime. He was still quite good in the game I saw earlier today.

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