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[10/29/2015] The Softbank Hawks win the 2015 Nippon Series

by on Oct.29, 2015 @ 11:15 pm, under NPB

The Softbank Hawks won their seventh Nippon Series Championship (1959, 1964, 1999, 2003, 2011, 2014, 2015). They are the fifth team to win Championships in consecutive seasons (Yomiuri, Nishitetsu/Seibu, Hankyu, Hiroshima, Softbank) and the first since Seibu won three in a row between 1990 and 1992.

Kimiyasu Kudo is the tenth manager (first in franchise history) to guide a team to a Nippon Series Championship in his first year, first since Norifumi Nishimura in 2010.

Mitsuru Manaka is the seventh manager to losing a Nippon Series Championship in his first year, first since Hideki Kuriyama in 2012.

Nippon Series MVP: Dae-Ho Lee

Lee is the eighth foreign player to win a Nippon Series MVP, first since Troy Neel in 1996.

Date Pos PA AB R H HR RBI SO BB  
2015.10.24 dh (4) 4 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 2B (9), F5, 1B (7) ,1B (7)
2015.10.25 1b (4) 4 3 1 1 1 2 2 1 Ks, HR (7), BB, Ks
2015.10.27 1b (4) 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 Ks, Fo2, HBP
2015.10.28 1b (4) 5 4 1 3 0 4 1 1 1B (7), 2B (8), Ks, 1B (6), BB
2015.10.29 1b (4) 5 3 1 1 1 2 0 1 F8, HR (7), BB, Fo3, HBP
    21 16 3 8 2 8 4 3  

Outstanding Player Awards: Kenji Akashi, Rick van den Hurk, and Shota Takeda

Fighting Spirit Award: Tetsuto Yamada

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[UPDATE 10/30 @ 12:54am]

The celebration sales:

Source: Sponichi 10/29/2015

[UPDATE 10/30 @ 11:52am]

Other notes:

  • If the Royals win the World Series, Softbank owner Masayoshi Son wants to challenge them to a match. Source: Sanspo 10/30/2015
  • The Hawks became the first time to use six different foreign players (Dae-Ho Lee, Dennis Sarfate, Edison Barrios, Rick van den Hurk, Jason Standridge, and Barbaro Canizares) during the Nippon Series. Source: Sanspo 10/30/2015
  • Softbank held the championship celebration in the underground parking lot of their hotel. They went through 3,000 bottles of beer, 480 bottles of cola, sixty bottles of sake, eight barrels of sake, and a magnum bottle of liquor in about twenty minutes during the celebration. Source: Sanspo 10/30/2015
  • A Hawks team celebrated in Tokyo for the first time since the Nankai Hawks in 1959. Source: Sanspo 10/30/2015

[UPDATE 10/31 @ 1:31pm]

Additional notes:

  • Six teams made it to the Nippon Series immediately following a last-place finish: 1950 Shochiku, 1960 Taiyo, 1975 Hiroshima, 1976 Yomiuri, 2001 Kintetsu, and 2015 Yakult. Only one of the six teams managed to win the Nippon Series: 1960 Taiyo. Rookie managers have twice made it to the Nippon Series after their team's finished in last place the year before: Takeshi Koba with Hiroshima in 1975 and Mitsuru Manaka with Yakult in 2015. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2015
  • Ten pitchers made appearances for the Hawks during the Nippon Series, all ten where right-handed pitchers: Shota Takeda, Rick van den Hurk, Jason Standridge, Dennis Sarfate, Edison Barrios, Yuito Mori, Kodai Senga, Tadashi Settsu, Kenichi Nakata, and Ryota Igarashi. Softbank did have three left-handed pitchers on the forty-man roster -- Masahiko Morifuku, Yuya Iida, and Shinya Kayama -- but they never got the change to pitch. The Hawks are the seventh team in NPB history to only use right-handed pitchers during a Nippon Series. The other six: 1952 Yomiuri (three pitchers), 1956 Nishitetsu (five pitchers), 1959 Nankai (five pitchers), 1972 Hankyu (six pitchers), 1975 Hankyu (four pitchers), and 1987 Yomiuri (nine pitchers). Of the six that used only right-handed pitchers, four won the Nippon Series: 1952 Yomiuri, 1956 Nishitetsu, 1959 Nankai, and 1975 Hankyu. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2015
  • Dae-Ho Lee is the first player to collect eight RBI in a five-game Nippon Series. The previous record of seven was held by  three players: Toshimitsu Suetsugu in 1971, Tuffy Rhodes in 2001, and Atsunori Inaba in 2006. Source: Sponichi 10/30/2015 ... Lee became the sixth player to lead the Nippon Series in RBI two years in a row (four RBI in 2014 and eight in 2015). The other five: Shigeo Nagashima (1965-67), Sadaharu Oh (1967-69), Suetsugu (1986, 1987), Koji Akiyama (1993, 1994), and Kazuhiro Kiyohara (1993, 1994). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2015

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