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NPB: Nihon Seimei MVP Award for April 2011

by on May.10, 2011 @ 2:19 pm, under NPB

Central League

Nihon Seimei MVP Awards

Shinya Miyamoto, Yakult Swallows (First Time)
16 G, 22-for-55, 0 HR, 11 RBI, .400 BA

Bryan Bullington, Hiroshima Carp (First Time)
3 G, 3-0, 1 CG, 23.0 IP, 18 K, 5 ER, 1.96 ERA

Pacific League

Nihon Seimei MVP Awards

Seiichi Uchikawa, Softbank Hawks (First Time)
15 G, 25-for-63, 2 HR, 14 RBI, .397 BA

Hisashi Iwakuma, Rakuten Eagles (Third Time)
3 G, 3-0, 1 CG, 26.1 IP, 27 K, 4 ER, 1.37 ERA

Notes

Miyamoto became the oldest player in the CL to win his first MVP of the Month award at 40 years and 5 months.

Bullington is the first foreign pitcher to win an MVP of the Month award in the opening month of the season in his first year in the NPB since Bill Gullickson (1988 with Yomiuri) and Terry Bross (1995 with Yakult).

Uchikawa became the 17th player in NPB history to win an MVP of the Month award in either league.  He's also the 11th player in the PL to win the award in his first year with a new team and just the second player behind Hiroki Kokubo (2007) to win the award in the opening month of the season during his first year with a new team.