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2012 Rookie of the Year: Yusuke Nomura (HIR), Naoya Masuda (LOT)

by on Nov.20, 2012 @ 5:51 pm, under NPB

The Central League and Pacific League announced their selections for the 2012 Rookie of the Year Award.

Central League: Yusuke Nomura (Hiroshima - eighth player in franchise history)

27 G, 27 GS, 9-11, 172.2 IP, 704 BF, 143 H, 6 HR, 103 SO, 52 BB, 46 R, 38 ER, 1.98 ERA, 1.13 WHIP

Nomura is the first CL rookie to win the reward while recording an ERA under 2.00 since Tsuneo Horiuchi in 1966.

Pacific League: Naoya Masuda (Lotte - seventh player in franchise history)

72 G, 2-2, 41 HLD, 1 Sv, 75.1 IP, 308 BF, 61 H, 2 HR, 57 SO, 10 BB, 25 R, 14 ER, 1.67 ERA, 1.06 WHIP

Both players are twenty-three and are the first players born in the Heisei era to win the award.

The Pacific League also announced that Shota Takeda (Softbank) was selected to receive a special Top Rookie award.


Voting Results

Central League

Total Votes: 262
Total Valid Votes: 261

  Player JPN Player ENG Team Votes
野村 祐輔 Nomura, Yusuke HIR 200
  田島 慎二 Tajima, Shinji CHU 40
  高木 京介 Takagi, Kyosuke YOM 12
  堂林 翔太 Dobayashi, Shota HIR 9

Pacific League

Total Votes: 213
Total Valid Votes: 210

  Player JPN Player ENG Team Votes
益田 直也 Masuda, Naoya LOT 116
  武田 翔太 Takeda, Shota SOF 80
  釜田 佳直 Kamata, Yoshinao RAK 5
  美馬  学 Mima, Manabu RAK 4
  川端 崇義 Kawabata, Takayoshi ORI 4
  (該当者なし) None   1


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