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[6/27/2014] 2014 Inter-league MVP: Yoshiyuki Kamei (Yomiuri)

by on Jun.27, 2014 @ 4:00 pm, under NPB

The NPB announced that the 2014 Inter-league MVP was Yomiuri's Yoshiyuki Kamei.  The Nihon Semei Awards went to Yakult's Tetsuto Yamada and Rakuten's Takahiro Norimoto.

Most Valuable Player
Yoshiyuki Kamei - Yomiuri Giants
16 G, 21-for-59, 3 HR, 10 RBI, .356 BA, .441 OBP
Reason: He recorded a game-deciding home run in the 12th inning of a game against Orix on the day he was added to the active roster (May 31).  He continue to come up with big hits to help his team win.

Nihon Seimei Award
Tetsuto Yamada - Yakult Swallows
24 G, 37-for-93, 4 HR, 15 RBI, .378 BA
Reason: He recorded at least one hit in twenty of the twenty-four Inter-league games he played.  He notched twelve multi-hit games.  He became the youngest Inter-league batting champion.

Nihon Seimei Award
Takahiro Norimoto - Rakuten Eagles
6 G, 4-1, 5 CG, 4 ShO, 52.0 IP, 47 SO, 4 ER, 0.69 ERA
Reason: He led the league in wins, complete games, and earned run average during Inter-league play.  He was second in strikeouts.  The four shutout victories set a new Inter-league record.

MVP: a productive player selected from the first place team
Nihon Seimei Award: one player from each league that attracted the spotlight

Source: official announcement