Friday, January 17, 2014

2014 Hall Of Fame Class

This year's Hall Of Fame inductees were announced today.  There were three players elected from the Players Division - Koji Akiyama, Hideo Nomo and Kazuhiro Sasaki.

To me at least, Nomo was a major surprise.  He's only the third player to ever be elected in his first ballot (following Victor Starffin and Sadaharu Oh) and he's the youngest player ever elected (although he's only six months younger than Sasaki).

I first started paying attention to Japanese baseball following the 2000 season.  These are the first Hall Of Fame inductees that I remember from their playing days.  Just another way to make me feel old...

Here's some cards of the new inductees.  I've done posts in the past for both Nomo and Akiyama but never Sasaki.  Maybe I'll take care of that sometime soon.

Koji Akiyama

1986 Calbee #196

2000 Calbee "Special Card Set" #SP-13

2012 BBM 1st Version #001

Hideo Nomo

1991 Calbee #67

1993 Tomy #047

1994 Takara Buffaloes #11

Kazuhiro Sasaki

1991 BBM #196

1997 Calbee #089

2005 Konami Baseball Heroes Old Black Edition #B05B093
UPDATE: I neglected to mention something kind of important - Nomo and Sasaki are the first members of the Japanese Hall Of Fame to have spent time playing in MLB.  In fact, Nomo spent much more time playing in MLB than he did in NPB - he appeared in 12 different major league seasons but only five in Japan.

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