Jim Albright / the japanese insider

This article will select an entire team of 25 players for each franchise. Ideally, each team will have two players for each fielding position plus nine pitchers. Players are only eligible to play those positions they are estimated to have played 1500 or more defensive innings (400 IP) at for the franchise. The selections for players are based upon the rtg2 points system (described here), but counting only those points gained while with the franchise in question. It is important to note that we are counting all the points got in his whole career with the franchise, thus favoring players with long tenures with a franchise. I also selected a manager for each franchise, using the manager’s success points system (described here) , again limiting the count to those points attained while with the franchise in question. Franchises are defined to include those teams which were merged into a franchise. Thus, for example, players for the Robins are considered part of the Bay Stars franchise. For this reason, the Buffaloes and the Blue Wave have now been joined, as they will be in 2005. I'm not planning on doing such a team for the new Pacific League entry, the Eagles, until they've been around ten years or so. I'll retain the all-star teams for the Buffaloes and Blue Wave through the 2004 in a separate article. Any player receiving three hundred fifty (350) or more points for a franchise and any manager receiving twenty (20) or more success points for a franchise will be listed. If such a manager or player would not win a spot on the team, he receives an “Honorable Mention”. I'll do the Central League first, then a brief bit on the defunct teams, and finally do the Pacific League. Within the leagues, we will use nicknames and go in alphabetical order.
Motonobu Tanishige
c 254 points Isamu Ito
c 190 points Makoto Matsubara
1b-3b 412 points Bobby Rose
2b 424 points Yutaka Takagi
2b-ss 393 points Takeshi Kuwata
3b-ss 375 points Tomio Tashiro
3b 320 points Takuro Ishii
ss 387 points Daisuke Yamashita
ss 309 points Kazuhiko Kondo
of 376 points Takanori Suzuki
of 329 points Keiji Nagasaki
of 278 points Carlos Ponce
of 261 points Akira Ejiri
of 252 points Yoshikazu Takagi
of 237 points Isamu Fujii
of-1b 236 points Juzo Sanada
p 364 points Kazuhiro Sasaki
p 321 points Noburu Akiyama
p 314 points Masaji Hiramatsu
p 297 points Akio Saito
p 295 points Yasuo Hayashi
p 244 points Kazuhiko Endo
p 239 points Makoto Inagawa
p 181 points Shigeyuki Takahashi
p 176 points Osamu Mihara
mgr 7.80 points
Mitsuo Tatsukawa
c 180 points Shuji Nishiyama
c 141 points Sachio Kinugasa
3b-1b 548 points Takehiko Kobayakawa
1b 275 points Kozo Shoda
2b 311 points Akira Eto
3b-1b 366 points Yoshihiko Takahashi
ss 427 points Kenjiro Nomura
ss-3b 405 points Toshiyuki Mimura
ss-2b-3b 305 points Koji Yamamoto
of 630 points Tomoaki Kanemoto
of 382 points Kazuyoshi Yamamoto
of 367 points Koichi Ogata
of 320 points Tomonori Maeda
of 320 points Ryuzo Yamasaki
of-3b 309 points Jitsuo Mizutani
of-1b 297 points Ryohei Hasegawa
p 433 points Yutaka Ono
p 309 points Shinji Sasaoka
p 255 points Yashiro Sotokoba
p 223 points Manabu Kitabeppu
p 217 points Kiyoshi Oishi
p 204 points Kazuhisa Kawaguchi
p 184 points Yoshio Otogaki
p 174 points Yutaka Enatsu
p 152 points Takeshi Koba
mgr 28.38 points
Tatsuhiko Kimata
c 451 points Takeshi Nakamura
c 220 points Michio Nishizawa
1b-p 409 points Yasuaki Taihoh
1b-of 294 points Kazuyoshi Tatsunami
2b-ss-3b 449 points Morimichi Takagi
2b 441 points Noburu Inoue
2b 270 points Hiromitsu Ochiai
1b-3b 402 points Leo Gomez
3b-1b 302 points Masaru Uno
ss-3b 394 points Shinichi Eto
of-1b 453 points Kenichi Yazawa
1b-of 439 points Yasunori Oshima
of-1b-3b 384 points Mitsuo Naka
of 374 points Kosuke Fukudome
of 293 points Satoshi Sugiyama
of 284 points Shigeru Sugishita
p 515 points Tsuguhiro Hattori
p 339 points Genji Kaku
p 284 points Tatsuo Komatsu
p 252 points Takamasa Suzuki
p 242 points Hiroomi Oyane
p 226 points Senichi Hoshino
p 224 points Hiroshi Gondo
p 221 points Toshitake Nakayama
p 210 points Senichi Hoshino
mgr 18.13 points
Masaaki Mori
c 202 points Kazuhiro Yamakura
c 201 points Sadaharu Oh
1b 1037 points Tetsuharu Kawakami
1b 581 points Shigeru Chiba
2b 472 points Toshio Shinozuka
2b 365 points Shigeo Nagashima
3b 766 points Tatsunori Hara
3b-of 476 points Toshio Shiraishi
ss 304 points Tatsuro Hirooka
ss 275 points Hideki Matsui
of 538 points Isao Shibata
of 409 points Wally Yonamine
of 374 points Warren Cromartie
of 338 points Shigeru Takada
of-3b 292 points Sadaaki Yoshimura
of 287 points Victor Starffin
p 570 points Akira Bessho
p 527 points Hideo Fujimoto
p 480 points Teruzo Nakao
p 372 points Takumi Otomo
p 354 points Masaki Saito
p 297 points Tsuneo Horiuchi
p 296 points Motoshi Fujita
p 288 points Kunio Jonouchi
p 256 points
Tetsuharu Kawakami mgr 59.66 points Shigeru Mizuhara
mgr-honorable mention 46.43 points Shigeo Nagashima
mgr-honorable mention 30.39 points
Sadayoshi Fujimoto mgr-honorable mention 29.42 points
Motoshi Fujita
mgr-honorable mention 23.19 points
Atsuya Furuta
c 447 points Akihiko Oya
c 195 points Roberto Petagine
1b 362 points Dave Roberts
1b-of 316 points Katsumi Hirosawa
1b-of 315 points Katsuo Osugi
1b 276 points John Sipin
2b 298 points Shiro Takegami
2b 212 points Sadayuki Tokutake
3b 247 points Akinori Iwamura
3b 218 points Takahiro Ikeyama
ss 416 points Shinya Miyamoto
ss 190 points Tsutomu Wakamatsu
of 471 points Toru Sugiura
of-1b 360 points Takao Sato
of 268 points Yukihito Machida
of 234 points Masaichi Kaneda
p 653 points Hiromu Matsuoka
p 286 points Shingo Takatsu
p 253 points Takeshi Yasuda
p 209 points Takao Obana
p 151 points Kazuhisa Ishii
p 139 points Kenichi Kajima
p 138 points Yoshio Kitagawa
p 137 points Keichi Asano
p 133 points Katsuya Nomura
mgr 20.07 points
Koichi Tabuchi
c 477 points Takeshi Doigaki
c 257 points Randy Bass
1b 341 points Goro Toi
1b 315 points Akinobu Okada
2b-3b 379 points Yutaka Wada
2b-ss 318 points Fumio Fujimura
3b-1b 551 points Masayuki Kakefu
3b 508 points Hideji Miyake
3b 310 points Taira Fujita
ss-1b 471 points Yoshio Yoshida
ss-2b 407 points Akinobu Mayumi
of-ss 385 points Masayasu Kaneda
of 371 points Kenjiro Tamiya
of 317 points Masaru Kageura
of 262 points Noriyoshi Sano
of 225 points Tadashi Wakabayashi
p 547 points Minoru Murayama
p 419 points Masaaki Koyama
p 360 points Takao Misonoo
p 341 points Tadayoshi Kajioka
p 308 points Yutaka Enatsu
p 307 points Takao Fujimura
p 293 points Kazuyuki Yamamoto
p 256 points Shozo Watanabe
p 229 points
Tadashi Wakabayashi mgr 14.66 points
There were several teams which competed between 1936 and 1943 which ceased operation no later than 1944 without merging into a team which we could associate with one of the twelve franchises covered in this article. These short-lived teams were generally in the league cellar. When you combine the limited number of seasons these teams played with their generally poor quality, you'd have to do a lot of digging to come up with what would still be a lousy all-star team. For reasons which should be obvious, I chose not to do that. Hisanori Karita made it to the Japanese Hall of Fame, but I do not believe that his NPB exploits alone justify his selection. Perhaps if you add in his accomplishments outside of NPB he deserves the honor, but that wouldn't be relevant in discussing great players from these defunct teams. The only player to demonstrate greatness while playing for these defunct teams is Jiro Noguchi. He scored 545 points while pitching for the Senators team from 1939 through 1943. After WWII ended, he joined the Braves and was a valuable hurler for them from 1946 through 1953. In each of his five seasons as a Senator, Noguchi had 25 or more wins, leading the league with 40 in 1942. He racked up an astonishing 2096.1 IP in those five seasons, leading the league in ERA twice and strikeouts once. He was in the top six in ERA in each of those five seasons as well, with his ERAs under 1.45 in all but 1939.
Masataka Nashida
c 191 points Shuzo Arita
c 182 points Hideji Kato
1b 421 points Boomer Wells
1b 366 points Daijiro Oishi
2b 392 points Daryl Spencer
2b 325 points Norihiro Nakamura
3b 394 points Hiromi Matsunaga
3b 395 points Akitoshi Kodama
3b-Honorable Mention 368 points Fujio Ueda
ss-2b 225 points Akiteru Kono
ss 219 points Yutaka Fukumoto
of 548 points Ichiro Suzuki
of 499 points Masahiro Doi
of 459 points Tokuji Nagaike
of 418 points Tuffy Rhodes
of 396 points Toru Ogawa
1b-of 356 points Hisashi Yamada
p 418 points Keishi Suzuki
p 404 points Tetsuya Yoneda
p 402 points Takao Kajimoto
p 397 points Mitsuhiro Adachi
p 324 points Kotaro Mori
p 321 points Hideo Nomo
p 274 points Motoyuki Akahori
p 264 points Jiro Noguchi
p 259 points Yukio Nishimoto
mgr 38.50 points Toshiharu Ueda
mgr 36.92 points
Fujio Tamura
c 237 points Toshio Kato
c 199 points Katsuo Osugi
1b 403 points Michihiro Ogasawara
1b 347 points Junichi Kashiwabara
1B 275 points Kazuyuki Shirai
2b 211 points Makoto Kaneko
2b 168 points Atsushi Kataoka
3b-1b 327 points Hideo Furuya
3b 297 points Yukio Tanaka
ss 409 points Tsuyoshi Oshita
2b-ss 186 points Isao Harimoto
of 692 points Shoichi Busujima
of 388 points Makoto Shimada
of 303 points Hiroshi Oshita
of 270 points Matt Winters
of 261 points Masayuki Dobashi
p 327 points Giichiro Shiraki
p 320 points Yasuo Yonekawa
p 276 points Yukio Ozaki
p 244 points Naoki Takahashi
p 225 points Tomehiro Kaneda
p 217 points Osamu Kubota
p 189 points Yukihiro Nishizaki
p 173 points Yasumitsu Shibata
p 160 points Keiji Osawa
mgr 11.85 points
Katsuya Nomura
c 838 points Kenji Jojima
c 282 points Koichiro Yoshinaga
c 282 points Tokuji Iida
1b-of 368 points Nobuhiko Matsunaka
1b 277 points Isami Okamoto
2b 281 points Kazuto Yamamoto
3b-2b 421 points Hiroki Kokubo
3b-2b 317 points Kazuo Kageyama
3b 290 points Kenji Koike
ss 248 points Chusuke Kizuka
ss 234 points Hiromitsu Kadota
of 521 points Yoshinori Hirose
of-ss 432 points Kazuo Hori
of 264 points Kazunori Yamamoto
of 262 points Kohei Sugiyama
of-1b 236 points Tadashi Sugiura
p 422 points Mitsuo Minagawa
p 391 points Akira Bessho
p 306 points Susumu Yuki
p 275 points Michio Sato
p 233 points Kiyohara Miura
p 206 points Nobuo Nakatani
p 186 points Joe Stanka
p 176 points Motoji Takuwa
p 175 points Kazuto Tsuruoka
mgr 70.49 points
Tsutomu Ito
c 321 points Hiromo Wada
c 231 points Kazuhiro Kiyohara
1b 444 points Alex Cabrera
1b 274 points Mitsuo Motoi
2b 345 points Hatsuhiko Tsuji
2b 275 points Futoshi Nakanishi
3b 480 points Hiromichi Ishige
3b-ss 445 points Ken Suzuki
3b-1b 295 points Yasumitsu Toyoda
ss 484 points Kazuo Matsui
ss 449 points Koji Akiyama
of 399 points Teruyuki Takakura
of 304 points Seiji Sekiguchi
of 303 points Hiroshi Oshita
of 252 points Yoji Tamazukuri
of 228 points Kazuhisa Inao
p 659 points Osamu Higashio
p 303 points Tokuji Kawasaki
p 266 points Sadaaki Nishimura
p 249 points Masaaki Ikenaga
p 248 points Hisafumi Kawamura
p 231 points Yukio Shimabara
p 223 points Kiyoshi Toyoda
p 207 points Mamoru Otsu
p 196 points Masaaki Mori
mgr 40.87 points Osamu Mihara
mgr-honorable mention 27.60 points
Takeo Daigo
c 167 points Takeshi Doigaki
c 159 points Kihachi Enomoto
1b 557 points Hiroyuki Yamazaki
2b-ss 323 points Koichi Hori
2b-ss-of 313 points Hiromitsu Ochiai
3b-1b-2b 404 points Michiyo Arito
3b 472 points Kiyoshi Hatsushiba
3b 327 points Takao Katsuragi
3b-ss 279 points Makoto Kosaka
ss 219 points Kazuhiro Yamauchi
of 534 points LeRon Lee
of 363 points George Altman
of 325 points Sumio Hirota
of 255 points Shigeya Iijima
of-1b 241 points Kaoru Betto
of 241 points Atsushi Aramaki
p 369 points Choji Murata
p 327 points Shoichi Ono
p 300 points Fumio Narita
p 287 points Giichi Hayashi
p 254 points Masaaki Koyama
p 253 points Victor Starffin
p 252 points Masaki Kitaru
p 242 points Masahide Kobayashi
p 194 points Kaoru Betto
mgr 11.94 points The reason such a low score in manager's success points is enough to lead the franchise is,
in my view, largely the fault of upper management. This franchise has only allowed four
managers over three years with the club, and some of them had success elsewhere. To date,
More importantly, though, is the fact this franchise just seems to be constantly making changes, whether it be managers, a merger with another team or trades of star players. This franchise all-star team has at least half a dozen players who played effectively for other teams. Such incessant tinkering doesn't allow for continuity, which is often a key ingredient of success. I know stability can be overdone, but it is valuable in team sports. This franchise has chosen to ignore that point. I can't say that many of the moves when looked at individually look all that bad, but all of them together give me the impression of a man desperately trying to walk across the deck of a boat in heavy seas--lurching this way and that, with hardly any discernable direction.
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