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Lions’ Nighter 30th Anniversary — Lions Nighter Best Nine

by on Aug.21, 2011 @ 1:57 am, under NPB

Bunko Hoso's Lions Nighter is celebrating its 30th Anniversary.  As part of their celebration, they asked fans to send in their Best Nines made up of players between 1982 and 2011.  The show received a total 12,087 submissions during their submission window between March and June.

I managed to track down the results.

Ord Pos Player
1 SS Kazuo Matsui
2 RF Ken Hirano
3 CF Koji Akiyama
4 1B Kazuhiro Kiyohara
5 DH Alex Cabrera
6 LF Kazuhiro Wada
7 3B Takeya Nakamura
8 C Tsutomu Ito
9 2B Hatsuhiko Tsuji
SP Taigen Kaku
CL Kiyoshi Toyoda

The breakdowns at each position:

Starting Pitchers

  1. Taigen Kaku (2,448)
  2. Daisuke Matsuzaka (2,362)
  3. Kimiyasu Kudo (1,783)
  4. Osamu Higashio (1,775)
  5. Fumiya Nishiguchi (1,219)

Closers

  1. Kiyoshi Toyoda (4,251)
  2. Tetsuya Shiozaki (2,134)
  3. Yoshitaka Katori (1,708)
  4. Osamu Higashio (922)
  5. Shinji Mori (859)

Catchers*

  1. Tsutomu Ito (10,517)

First Basemen

  1. Kazuhiro Kiyohara (9,864)
  2. Koichi Tabuchi (1,372)
  3. Shinsaku Katahira (586)
  4. Taisei Takagi (238)

Second Basemen

  1. Hatsuhiko Tsuji (6,668)
  2. Yasuyuki Kataoka (3,473)
  3. Hiroyuki Takagi (492)

Shortstops

  1. Kazuo Matsui (5,363)
  2. Hiroyuki Nakajima (3,473)
  3. Hiromichi Ishige (492)

Third Basemen

  1. Takeya Nakamura (4,306)
  2. Hiromichi Ishige (3,891)
  3. Hiroyuki Nakajima (2,406)
  4. Ken Suzuki (435)
  5. Steve Ontiveros (217)

Centerfielders

  1. Koji Akiyama (11,114)

Rightfielders

  1. Ken Hirano (6,112)
  2. Tatsuya Ozeki (1,389)
  3. Makoto Sasaki (967)

Leftfielders

  1. Kazuhiro Wada (3,567)
  2. Takuji Ota (1,389)
  3. Takumi Kuriyama (1,255)
  4. Terry Whitfield (1,136)

Designated Hitters

  1. Alex Cabrera (5,927)
  2. Orestes Destrade (5,898)

* Others catchers were mentioned, like Eiji Kanamori, Tomoyoshi Oishi, Satoshi Nakajima, and Taisei Takagi, but they apparently didn't get enough votes to warrant a full mention.

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