Nikkan Sports released various top 10 rankings for their online news stories today.
For their top 10 MLB news stories of 2009, six were headlines that involved Ichiro Suzuki, including three that were about Hideki Matsui. The other headline was on Kenshin Kawakami.
The most popular yakyu story for 2009 was about who would become the next manager for the Rakuten Eagles, Marty Brown or Osamu Higashio. An article about the trade that sent Naoyuki Shimizu to the Marines came in at 5th while an article on Makoto Imaoka retiring came in at 8th.
There was also a top 10 for most popular WBC stories. The most popular article was a game recap article of the game where Korea beat Japan 4-1 in the second round. Ichiro was also the only player to be mentioned (twice) in any of the top 10 WBC articles of 2009.
Interestingly enough, the game recap about Japan winning the WBC series came in at 4th.