Daisuke Tsutsui (筒井大助)
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 10", Weight 165 lb.
OF/1B Daisuke Tsutsui was on the Japanese national team for several years.
He played for Sumitomo Metals in the industrial leagues after college. He debuted for the Japanese national team when they won the 1985 Asian Championship and also took home Silver in the 1985 Intercontinental Cup and another Gold in the 1987 Asian Championship. In the 1988 Baseball World Cup, he hit .439/.500/.800 with 6 doubles, 3 homers, 9 runs, 11 RBI and 4 steals (caught once) in 12 games. He had 22 putouts, one assist and no errors in right and three putouts, two assists and no errors at first base. He led Japan in average (.006 ahead of Masafumi Nishi), runs (tied with Takeshi Omori and Terushi Nakajima), hits (tied with Omori, 18), doubles (2 ahead of Nishi and Nakajima), homers (one ahead of Yasushi Matsumoto) and RBI (tied with Nakajima and Matsumoto). He was 4-for-4 in the semifinal loss to Cuba as Japan wound up without a medal. He was 5th in the Cup in average and tied for 5th in steals. He joined Cubans Luis Casanova and Lourdes Gourriel Sr. on the All-Star outfield.
He started in right for Japan in the 1988 Olympics, usually hitting cleanup. He hit .227 with four runs in five games as they finished second (baseball was not a medal sport yet). He later managed Sumitomo Metals and coached for Japan in the 1997 Intercontinental Cup, when they were the first team to beat Cuba for a Gold Medal in 15 years. He later coached baseball and softball at Nippon Sport Science University.