Koji Tokunaga

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Koji Tokunaga (徳永 耕治)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 168 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Koji Tokunaga was an Olympic Bronze Medal winner.

Tokunaga played for Nippon Oil in the industrial leagues from 1988-1996. He played for the Japanese national team twice. In the 1992 Olympics, he hit .368/.390/.763 with 4 homers, 10 runs and 13 RBI in 9 games while handling 74 chances error-free at 1B; he was 4 for 4 with two homers and six RBI against Italy. In the Bronze Medal Game, he hit cleanup and went 2 for 5 with a run as Japan beat Team USA, 8-3; three of the five US pitchers were future major leaguers (Darren Dreifort, Ron Villone and Rick Greene). He tied Cuban legend Omar Linares for the most homers in Barcelona, while tying Wen-Chung Chang for second in RBI (one behind Victor Mesa).

Back at 1B for Japan in the 1994 Baseball World Cup, he produced at a .259/.424/.519 clip with 8 runs, 2 homers and 6 walks in 8 games, again without an error in the field. Only Toshihisa Nishi had more walks for Japan.