Friday, January 13, 2023

2023 Hall Of Fame Class

The 2023 Japanese Baseball Hall Of Fame inductees were announced today.  Each of the Hall's three voting divisions elected someone with former Swallows, Giants and Baystars player (as well as former Baystars manager) Alex Ramirez getting elected on the Players Division ballot while Hanshin Tigers legend Randy Bass was elected on the Expert Division ballot and the Special Committee elected composer Yuji Koseki who among many other things is known for composing the Tigers' fight song "Rokko Oroshi".  Ramirez and Bass are the first foreign players elected to the Hall Of Fame since Wally Yonamine was elected in 1994.  Here's some cards of the two of them:

Randy Bass

1986 Calbee #206

2020 BBM Time Travel 1985 #CT7

2009 BBM The Premium Malts #10

Alex Ramirez

2001 BBM Nippon Series #S22

2010 Calbee #002

2020 BBM 1st Version #190

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