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36th Shoriki Matsutaro Award goes to Tatsunori Hara, Shinnosuke Abe

by on Nov.14, 2012 @ 5:29 pm, under NPB

The Shoriki Matsutaro Award selection committee decided to name two winners this year: Tatsunori Hara and Shinnosuke Abe.  This is the first time the award has been given to two people from the same organization.  Abe is the first player to win the award since Hideki Matsui in 2000 (the award has been going to managers since then, although Ichiro Suzuki was name a co-winner in 2004).

Hideki Kuriyama (HAM) was also under consideration, but everyone on the committee ended up voting for the combo of Hara and Abe.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2012

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UPDATE 11/15 @ 7:44pm - The selection committee was made up of Sadaharu Oh, Masao Taguchi, Shigeru Sugishita, Futoshi Nakanishi, and Koji Yamamoto.  Source: Sponichi 11/15/2012