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[10/22/2014] 2014 Battery Award: Kaneko/Ito and Sugano/Abe

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 12:01 am, under NPB

The winners of the 2014 Battery Award were announced today.

2014 Battery Award

League Catcher Pitcher Team
Pacific Ito, Hikaru Kaneko, Chihiro Orix
Central Abe, Shinnosuke Sugano, Tomoyuki Yomiuri

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[UPDATE 10/23 @ 8:42am]

Kaneko=Ito was a unanimous selection. The combination of Takahiro Norimoto and Motohiro Shima was also considered.

There were some in the selection committee that felt no one combination in the Central League deserved the award. There were a couple of other options in addition to Abe=Sugano. Yasutomo Kubo and Toshiki Kurobane; Randy Messenger and Ryutaro Umeno; and Seung-Hwan Oh and Kazunari Tsuruoka. In the end, Abe=Sugano beat out Oh=Tsuruoka by one vote.

Source: Sponichi 10/23/2014