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2011 Rookie of the Year: Hirokazu Sawamura (YOM) and Kazuhisa Makita (SEI)

by on Nov.30, 2011 @ 6:27 pm, under NPB

Hirokazu Sawamura (YOM) and Kazuhisa Makita (SEI) were selected as Rookies of the Year for the Central and Pacific Leagues, respectively.

A Yomiuri Giant player has now won the award four straight seasons (a first in NPB history): Tetsuya Yamaguchi (2008), Tetsuya Matsumoto (2009), Hisayoshi Chono (2010), Sawamura.  Sawamura is also the first RoY winner to toss 200 or more innings since Shigeyuki Takahashi (1964) in the CL and Hideo Nomo (1990) in the PL.

Makita is the first Seibu Lion rookie since Daisuke Matsuzaka in 1999.  He is also just the third RoY winner to record 20 or mores saves.  The other two are Koji Mise with 28 in 2004 and Masafumi Hirai with 27 in 1995.

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Voting Results

Central League

Player JPN Player ENG Team Votes
澤村 拓一 Sawamura, Hirokazu YOM 235
榎田 大樹 Enokida, Daiki HAN 7
久古 健太郎 Kyuko, Kentaro YAK 4
藤村 大介 Fujimura, Daisuke YOM 3
今村 猛 Imamura, Takeru HIR 1

Pacific League

Player JPN Player ENG Team Votes
牧田 和久 Makita, Kazuhisa SEI 150
塩見 貴洋 Shiomi, Takahiro RAK 43
伊志嶺 翔大 Ishimine, Shota LOT 16
斎藤 佑樹 Saito, Yuki HAM 3
浅村 栄斗 Asamura, Hideto SEI 1
秋山 翔吾 Akiyama, Shogo SEI 1

2 comments on “2011 Rookie of the Year: Hirokazu Sawamura (YOM) and Kazuhisa Makita (SEI)

    1. Gen Post author

      Shiomi did have a really nice year. He went 9-9 with 4 complete games and a 2.85 ERA (1.15 WHIP) all while playing for the Rakuten Eagles.

      He did struggle a little in June and September, but was otherwise effective in the rotation.

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