It’s been a month since baseball seasons officially kicked off and with it, people have already built their own baseball teams in real life…and in the fantasy world. So what if you built your own little fantasy team out of anime characters? Who would make the cut? Well…here is one possible line up.
Pitcher - Ishida Uryuu (Bleach)
When it comes to pitching you need accuracy and control, in addition to being cool, calm, and collected…so you need Ishida Uryuu. He’s someone that does not crack under pressure very easily and is very focused on being accurate, as many have seen with his bow and arrow, and all of the other cool Quincy weapons. With the help of a good catcher, Uryuu will certainly be a tough pitcher to match up against.
Catcher - Nara Shikamaru (Naruto)
The catcher is one of the most important players on the field because not only can they see the entire field in front of them, but they are the one that guides the pitcher and determines the pitch that the pitcher should throw. For that position, I think that Nara Shikamaru would be the best person to be the catcher for my team. Shikamaru is a tactician and when he makes a move, he knows of the various possibilities that could happen. What’s funny is that his brainstorming usually takes place when he’s squatting down, so the catcher’s position is perfect for him!
First Base - Kurosaki Ichigo (Bleach)
For the first baseman, I need someone that is going to try their best at all times because they need to reach for the ball no matter what and stretch as far as they can if a ball is thrown too far. There are quite a number of characters that never give up and will go the extra mile, but the one that would probably make the most sense is Kurosaki Ichigo. Kurosaki is always working hard to
stop whatever villain is threatening him, family, friends…and even the rest of the living world, and he absolutely refuses to give up. Not only that, but Ichigo has also proven to be the go-to man for the sports teams when they need a victory, so I think I will be selecting him to be my first baseman.
Second Base - Morinozuka “Mori” Takashi (Ouran High School Host Club)
Shortstop - Haninozuka “Honey” Mitsukuni (Ouran High School Host Club)
The next two positions have to work well as a team and be able to read each other in a second. That’s why I have chosen Morinozuka Takashi and Haninozuka Mitsukuni as the characters to fill these positions. Mori would be the strong pillar at second base, and Honey-senpai would be the speedy little demon in the shortstop position. Not only that, they can read each other easily and could probably make a synchronized move without even actually saying it.
Third Base - Conrad Weller (Kyou Kara Maou)
A third baseman needs to be someone that is willing to dive into the crowds or put a little extra oomph in their throw. At the same time, like the pitcher, they have to be accurate because they have a rather long throw to make to the first baseman. So who would be appropriate in this position? I have to go with someone like Conrad Weller of Kyou Kara Maou for this one. For one, he has an arm…he frequently practiced throwing the ball with Yuri, and I know that he’s willing to really stretch to get the out. He may not need to sacrifice his arm, like he did to save Yuri in the anime, but he may need to get a few bruises. Not only that…I think Conrad is a gentle man that always remains calm with a smile on his face, he will definitely be able to handle the sugar ball next to him (*cough* Honey-senpai *cough*).
Left Field - Lenalee Lee (D.Gray-man)
For left field, I think Lenalee Lee from D. Gray-man would make a convincing left fielder. Lenalee is one that would be able to chase down a ball no matter where it was on the field, because she is ridiculously fast. If for some reason something was just slightly out of her reach though, she could easily activate her Dark Boots to give her the extra boost she needs to make the catch, even if it means jumping 30 feet into the air.
Right Field - Sohma Kyou (Fruits Basket)
In right field, I would put Sohma Kyou from Fruits Basket. Kyou is a hardworking guy and will really make the extra effort to make sure that the team gets a win. So although he may not have super powers of his own, his determination will certainly make him a strong and necessary member of the team. Plus…if he acts out of line, the center fielder will and left fielder will certainly keep him in check. Ichigo, on the other hand, will probably yell and beat him up if he messes up too many times, but lets hope that doesn’t happen.
Center Field - Sebastian Michaelis (Black Butler)
As for the center fielder, you need another person that can run and jump, but who can also be the leader of the outfield. The person that comes to mind for that position is Sebastian Michaelis of Black Butler. Sebastian Michaelis is a very talented youkai, who can run at lightning fast speed, jump ridiculously high, and commands a room, or in this case a field. In Kuroshitsuji, Sebastian easily puts his three workers in line with just a look, and with Kyou that’s all he’ll need to do (Lenalee probably won’t be a problem).
Designated Hitter - Natsu (Fairy Tail)
When it comes to the DH, you need a strong hitter with tons of power. For that position I would select Natsu. Natsu is ridiculously strong, although he may not look like it, especially when he’s in a car or on a ship. But since we’re on solid ground for baseball, we don’t have to worry about Natsu’s motion sickness! Natsu would not only be able to crank a ball well over the center field wall, but he would also be able to run the bases like a maniac. Let’s just hope that Grey isn’t on the other team to get in his face or start a fist fight, but that’s why we have him as a DH and not on the field…because he’s easily distracted…
Head Coach - Tezuka Kunimitsu (Prince of Tennis)
For the head coach position, the owner needs to hire someone that is hardworking, disciplined, and is respected by the team. That person is Tezuka Kunimitsu of Prince of Tennis. On the show, Tezuka was the team captain, but he led the team, held their respect, and no matter what was always teaching them. Tezuka’s a good leader and coach, and if the team would act up (*cough cough* Natsu, Kyou or Ichigo), he would have them running laps around the field in no time until they stopped acting like idiots.
Team Manager - Ootori Kyouya (Ouran High School Host Club)
Finally, you need someone to manage the team whether it’s managing their funds or organizing their schedule. There is no better person for the job than Ouran High School Host Club’s Ootori Kyouya. Kyouya is responsible for the club’s budget and is the one that tends to make sure everything is planned out to make money. In fact, he even turned an Okinawan vacation into a money maker by inviting their ‘clients’ along. If he can do that, I think he can manage a baseball team.a
Well…although this is one crazy baseball team, at least the season will be an interesting one, right? Who would you have on your baseball team?