Wednesday, October 16, 2019

2019 Premier 12 Samurai Japan Roster

The 2019 Premier 12 is kicking off in just over two weeks on November 2nd although Japan doesn't play their first game until the 5th.  Two teams out of the tournament will qualify for the 2020 Olympics.  Japan actually doesn't have anything other than bragging rights at stake since they automatically qualify for the Olympics since they are the host country.

The Premier 12 kicks off a great 18 month period if you're a fan of international baseball tournaments like I am.  The three biggest tournaments will happen in that time frame - the Premier 12 next month, the Olympic in August of 2020 and the World Baseball Classic in March of 2021.  In between the big tournaments will be smaller tournaments for teams to qualify for both the Olympics and the WBC.

The Samurai Japan roster was announced a few weeks ago.  Here's a card of each player - if the player was on a card from a National team set, I used it:

2016 BBM Carp Autographed Edition #13

2017 Topps Now WBC Team Japan #JPN-7

2019 Epoch NPB #197

2018 Epoch Lions Rookies & Stars #48

2019 Baystars Team Set #21

2018 BBM Hawks 80th Anniversary Celebration #08

2017 Calbee Samurai Japan #SJ-25

2018 Epoch NPB #75 
2017 Topps Now WBC Team Japan #JPN-3

2013 BBM Young Fighters #YF14

2013 Topps Tribute WBC #91

2017 Topps Museum Collection #WBCPR-YM

2017 BBM Eagles #E24

2016 BBM Giants #G27

2016 Calbee Samurai Japan #SJ-10

2016 Calbee Samurai Japan #SJ-25

2017 Topps Now WBC #W-62

2019 BBM Hawks #H52

2017 Calbee Samurai Japan #SJ-34

2017 Calbee Samurai Japan #SJ-18

2019 Calbee #155

2015 Lions Fan Club #44

2017 Bowman "Paper Prospects" #BP56

2018 Epoch One #422/YG-064

2019 BBM Icons - Teenage Memories #10

2017 Epoch Pacific League #54

2017 Calbee Samuri Japan #JS-10

2018 BBM Icons - Fanfare #11

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