Yoshiyuki Kamei and Tadahito Iguchi were selected for the first Dramatic Sayonara Award.
The award is given to one player in each league that hit a "memorable" home run during the past season. Winners of the home run also received a cash prize of 2M yen.
Kamei hit a walk-off 3-run homer to help the Yomiuri Giants beat the Chunichi Dragons on April 25th at the Tokyo Dome in the bottom of the 9th. Kamei also finished the season with a league-high 3 walk-off home runs.
Tadahito Iguchi also hit a walk-off home run, his against the Rakuten Eagles on April 16th at Chiba Marine Stadium in the bottom of the 10th. Iguchi finished the season with 2 walk-off home runs.