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2009 Ni-gun Awards (Additional Awards Added)

by on Nov.18, 2009 @ 9:03 pm, under NPB
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Kaoru Okazaki, Yomiuri Giants Ni-gun manager, was presented with the Ni-gun Championship Pennant during the Ni-gun Awards Ceremony (held at a separate location from the Ichi-gun Awards Ceremony).

Eastern League

Award Player Team
Valuable Player Obispo, Wirfin Yomiuri Giants
Valuable Player Katsuki, Ryoji Chiba Lotte Marines
Valuable Player Naito, Yuta Yokohama Bay Stars
Valuable Player Takagi, Hiromitsu Yakult Swallows
Valuable Player Nakata, Sho Nippon Ham Fighters
Valuable Player Sakata, Ryo Seibu Lions
Valuable Player Morita, Jobu Rakuten Eagles
Valuable Pitcher Fujie, Hitoshi Yokohama Bay Stars
Rookie of the Year Katsuki, Ryoji Chiba Lotte Marines
Award for Technique Takagi, Hiromitsu Yakult Swallows
Award for Effort Ugumori, Atsushi Nippon Ham Fighters
Award for Outstanding Performance Ohta, Taishi Yomiuri Giants
Big Hope Award Takamori, Yuki Yokohama Bay Stars
Award of Achievement Noguchi, Yoshiyuki Yakult Swallows
Award of Achievement Nakata, Sho Nippon Ham Fighters
Umpire of the Year Kudo, Kazuki Pacific League

Western League

Award Player Team
Valuable Player Kawai, Yudai Chunichi Dragons
Valuable Player Baldiris, Aarom Hanshin Tigers
Valuable Player Okada, Takahiro Orix Buffaloes
Valuable Player Nakamura, Akira Softbank Hawks
Valuable Player Aizawa, Tsubasa Hiroshima Carp
Valuable Pitcher Yamai, Daisuke Chunichi Dragons
Rookie of the Year Sho, Ikketsu Hanshin Tigers
Award for Technique Nohara, Yuya Hanshin Tigers
Award for Effort Nohara, Yuya Hanshin Tigers
Award for Outstanding Performance Okada, Takahiro Orix Buffaloes
Big Hope Award Okada, Takahiro Orix Buffaloes
Expectation Award Shibata, Kohei Hanshin Tigers
Umpire of the Year Sakai, Ryotaro Central League

Information courtesy the official NPB site and Sponichi.

2009 Best Nine – now includes voting results

by on Nov.18, 2009 @ 8:32 pm, under NPB
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Central League

Pos Name Team Times
C Abe, Shinnsokue Yomiuri Giants 4th
1B Blanco, Tony Chunichi Dragons 1st
2B Higashide, Akihiro Hiroshima Carp 2nd
3B Ogasawara, Michihiro Yomiuri Giants 2nd*
SS Sakamoto, Hayato Yomiuri Giants 1st
OF Ramirez, Alex Yomiuri Giants 5th
OF Uchikawa, Seiichi Yokohama Bay Stars 1st+
OF Aoki, Norichika Yakult Swallows 6th
P Gonzalez, Dicky Yomiuri Giants 1st

* also twice at third in the PL and three times at first in the PL
+ also once at first

Voting

Pitchers

Player Team Votes
Gonzalez, Dicky YOM 117
Yoshimi, Kazuki CHU 58
Chen, Wei-Ying CHU 28
Tateyama, Shohei YAK 13
Yamaguchi, Tetsuya YOM 2

Catchers

Player Team Votes
Abe, Shinnosuke YOM 209
Tanishige, Motonobu CHU 5
Ishihara, Yoshiyuki HIR 2
Aikawa, Ryoji YAK 1
Kano, Keisuke HAN 1

First Basemen

Player Team Votes
Blanco, Tony CHU 198
Ogasawara, Michihiro YOM 10
Kurihara, Kenta HIR 7
Kamei, Yoshiyuki YOM 3

Second Basemen

Player Team Votes
Higashide, Akihiro HIR 127
Araki, Masahiro CHU 84
Tanaka, Hiroyasu YAK 5
Furuki, Shigeyuki YOM 2

Third Basemen

Player Team Votes
Ogasawara, Michihiro YOM 192
Morino, Masahiko CHU 14
Miyamoto, Shinya YAK 12

Shortstops

Player Team Votes
Sakamoto, Hayato YOM 179
Ibata, Hirokazu CHU 34
Toritani, Takashi HAN 4
Miyamoto, Shinya YAK 1

Outfielders

Player Team Votes
Ramirez, Alex YOM 202
Uchikawa, Seiichi YOK 124
Aoki, Norichika YAK 121
Wada, Kazuhiro CHU 110
Kamei, Yoshiyuki YOM 76
Matsumoto, Tetsuya YOM 10
Fukuchi, Kazuki YAK 9
Kanemoto, Tomoaki HAN 1
Akamatsu, Masato HIR 1

Pacific League

Pos Name Team Times
C Tanoue, Hidenori Softbank Hawks 1st
1B Takahashi, Shinji Nippon Ham Fighters 1st
2B Tanaka, Kensuke Nippon Ham Fighters 3rd
3B Nakamura, Takeya Seibu Lions 2nd
SS Nakajima, Hiroyuki Seibu Lions 2nd
OF Teppei Rakuten Eagles 4th
OF Itoi, Yoshio Nippon Ham Fighters 1st
OF Inaba, Atsunori Nippon Ham Fighters 1st*
DH Yamasaki, Takeshi Rakuten Eagles 2nd+
P Darvish, Yu Nippon Ham Fighters 2nd

* also once in the CL
+ also once as an OF in the CL

Voting

Pitchers

Player Team Votes
Darvish, Yu HAM 117
Wakui, Hideaki SEI 55
Tanaka, Masahiro RAK 9
Sugiuchi, Toshiya SOF 4

Catchers

Player Team Votes
Tanoue, Hidenori SOF 157
Tsuruoka, Shinya HAM 16
Satozaki, Tomoya LOT 6
Takahashi, Shinji HAM 2
Ginjiro SEI 2
Shima, Motohiro RAK 1
Nakatani, Jin RAK 1

First Basemen

Player Team Votes
Takahashi, Shinji HAM 168
Kokubo, Hiroki SOF 7
Sledge, Terrmel HAM 3
Nakamura, Takeya SEI 3
Koyano, Eiichi HAM 1
Seguignol, Fernando RAK 1
Ishii, Yoshihito SEI 1
Cabrera, Alex ORI 1

Second Basemen

Player Team Votes
Tanaka, Kensuke HAM 135
Kataoka, Yasuyuki SEI 27
Iguchi, Tadahito LOT 13
Kusano, Daisuke RAK 8
Takasu, Yosuke RAK 1
Honda, Yuichi SOF 1

Third Basemen

Player Team Votes
Nakamura, Takeya SEI 153
Koyano, Eiichi HAM 21
Kusano, Daisuke RAK 11

Shortstops

Player Team Votes
Nakajima, Hiroyuki SEI 116
Kaneko, Makoto HAM 66
Watanabe, Naoto RAK 2
Kawasaki, Munenori SOF 1

Outfielders

Player Team Votes
Teppei RAK 184
Itoi, Yoshio HAM 120
Inaba, Atsunori HAM 111
Sakaguchi, Tomotaka ORI 75
Hasegawa, Yuya SOF 37
Saburo LOT 23
Sledge, Terrmel HAM 2
Ortiz, Jose SOF 1
Kuriyama, Takumi SEI 1
G.G. Sato SEI 1

Designated Hitters

Player Team Votes
Yamasaki, Takeshi RAK 172
Nakamura, Takeya SEI 7
Matsunaka, Nobuhiko SOF 4
Sledge, Terrmel HAM 1
Rhodes, Tuffy ORI 1
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2009 MVP and Rookie of the Year Awards

by on Nov.18, 2009 @ 8:20 pm, under NPB
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Central League

Most Valuable Player

Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Ramirez, Alex YOM 125 56 22 815
Ogasawara, Michihiro YOM 46 67 45 476
Gonzalez, Dicky YOM 30 67 60 411
Yamaguchi, Tetsuya YOM 11 11 18 106
Abe, Shinnosuke YOM 3 7 17 53
Sakamoto, Hayato YOM 6 2 12 48
Blanco, Tony CHU 1 8 17 46
Yoshimi, Kazuki CHU 2 2 11 27
Chen, Wei-Ying CHU 0 5 7 22
Kamei, Yoshiyuki YOM 1 1 5 13
Tateyama, Shohei YAK 1 0 1 6
Greisinger, Seth YOM 0 0 2 2
Kroon, Marc YOM 0 0 1 1
Morino, Masahiko CHU 0 0 1 1
Uchikawa, Seiichi YOK 0 0 1 1
Blank 0 0 6 6

Rookie of the Year

Player Team Votes
Matsumoto, Tetsuya YOM 197
Obispo, Wirfin YOM 7
Yoshinori YAK 6
Blank 16

Other Awards

Award Name Team
Manager of the Year Hara, Tatsunori Yomiuri Giants
Speed Up Award Miura, Daisuke Yokohama Bay Stars
Comeback Player None
Award for Excellence Tatsunami, Kazuyoshi Chunichi Dragons
Umpire of the Year Nako, Kazuaki Central League

Pacific League

Most Valuable Player

Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Darvish, Yu HAM 134 20 7 737
Inaba, Atsunori HAM 15 34 13 190
Takeda, Hisashi HAM 15 30 19 184
Teppei RAK 7 17 22 108
Nakamura, Takeya SEI 5 17 25 101
Tanaka, Masahiro RAK 1 21 19 87
Wakui, Hideaki SEI 5 13 19 83
Yamasaki, Takeshi RAK 1 11 11 49
Kaneko, Makoto HAM 3 6 12 45
Takahashi, Shinji HAM 0 5 4 19
Sugiuchi, Toshiya SOF 0 3 8 17
Itoi, Yoshio HAM 1 1 6 14
Tanaka, Kensuke HAM 0 1 1 4
Sledge, Terrmel HAM 0 1 0 3
Koyano, Eiichi HAM 0 0 2 2
Fukumori, Kazuo RAK 0 0 1 1
Settsu, Tadashi SOF 0 0 1 1
Blank 0 7 17 38

Rookie of the Year

Player Team Votes
Settsu, Tadashi SOF 177
Kikuchi, Kazumasa HAM 4
Fujiwara, Hiromichi RAK 1
Hijirisawa, Ryo RAK 1
Blank 4

Other Awards

Award Name Team
Manager of the Year Nashida, Masataka Nippon Ham Fighters
Award of Merit Nomura, Katsuya Rakuten Eagles
Umpire of the Year Yoshikawa, Masami Pacific League

Information from the official NPB site.

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Hot off the Presses: From the Red Carpet at the NPB Convention

by on Nov.18, 2009 @ 8:12 pm, under NPB
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I had some time and swung by Akasaka Sakasu for the Red Carpet event.  It was fairly crowded, but I managed to secure a fairly decent place (it would have been far better if the person standing to the left of me didn't shove his way in and spend most of the time hanging off the railing trying to shake hands with every player that walked by).

In any case, most of the pictures aren't great because of the lighting and the movement, but at least you can make the faces out.  And there are a number that I thought came out pretty well, despite the blur.

You can view the rest of the Red Carpet images here.

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11th Annual Golden Spirit Award: Michihiro Ogasawara

by on Nov.17, 2009 @ 1:05 pm, under NPB
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Michihiro Ogasawara was awarded with the 11th Annual Golden Spirit award on Monday.  Ogasawara has been donating money to a social welfare organization in Ichikawa Prefecture since his days with the Nippon Ham Fighters.  He has also been volunteering his free time by visiting children at various hospitals.

The Golden Spirit Award is essentially the Japanese version of the Roberto Clemente Award.

Here's a list of the previous 10 winners:

Year Player Team
1999 Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants
2000 Atsushi Kataoka Nippon Ham Fighters
2001 Norihiro Nakamura Kintetsu Buffaloes
2002 Tetsuya Iida Yakult Swallows
2003 Kazuki Inoue Chunichi Dragons
2004 Norihiro Akahoshi Hanshin Tigers
2005 Bobby Valentine Chiba Lotte Marines
2006 Tsuyoshi Wada Softbank Hawks
2007 Daisuke Miura Yokohama Bay Stars
2008 Hisashi Iwakuma Rakuten Eagles
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2009 Golden Glove Awards

by on Nov.10, 2009 @ 5:05 pm, under NPB
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The 2009 Mitsui Golden Glove Award winners were announced on Tuesday.

Central League

Pos Name Times FPCT G PO ASST ERR DP
Pitcher Dicky Gonzalez (YOM) 1st .964 23 21 32 2 0
Catcher Motonobu Tanishige (CHU) 4th 1.000 114 689 64 0 11
1st Base Kenta Kurihara (HIR) 2nd .990 138 1230 92 13 87
2nd Base Masahiro Araki (CHU) 6th .987 140 358 450 11 80
3rd Base Shinya Miyamoto (YAK) 1st .993 118 68 197 2 16
Shortstop Hirokazu Ibata (CHU) 6th .989 144 218 477 8 92
Outfield Norichika Aoki (YAK) 4th .990 141 300 9 3 2
Outfield Tetsuya Matsumoto (YOM) 1st .989 122 182 6 2 1
Outfield Yoshiyuki Kamei (YOM) 1st .990 104 194 5 2 2

Pacific League

Pos Name Times FPCT G PO ASST ERR DP
Pitcher Hideaki Wakui (SEI) 1st .939 27 12 34 3 4
Catcher Shinya Tsuruoka (HAM) 1st .997 121 612 37 2 11
1st Base Shinji Takahashi (HAM) 1st .999 110 949 33 1 70
2nd Base Kensuke Tanaka (HAM) 4th .989 144 325 467 9 87
3rd Base Eiichi Koyano (HAM) 1st .982 134 88 233 6 22
Shortstop Kaneko Makoto (HAM) 1st .988 136 203 446 8 76
Outfield Yoshio Itoi (HAM) 1st .992 125 234 7 2 2
Outfield Tomotaka Sakaguchi (ORI) 2nd .992 137 247 14 2 1
Outfield Atsunori Inaba (HAM) 4th .987 119 217 5 3 1

2009 Sawamura Award goes to Hideaki Wakui

by on Nov.02, 2009 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB
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The Sawamura Award is handed out at the end of each season to the best overall pitcher in either league.  They must also fulfill as many of the following statistical categories as possible (implemented in 1982):

Games - 25 or more
Complete Games - 10 or more
Win - 15 or more
Winning Percentage - .600 or better
Innings Pitched - 200 or more
Strike outs - 150 or more
ERA - 2.50 or less

This season the award goes to:

Hideaki Wakui (Seibu Lions)

G W L SV CG SHO BF IP H HR BB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
27 16 6 0 11 4 863 211.2 162 12 76 9 199 5 0 57 54 2.30

(italics - tied in both leagues; bold - led either league)

Said Wakui, "It's difficult to get selected for this award so when I heard the news, I was sincerely happy.  I was able to rack up a fair number of strike outs and I was the only pitcher with double-digit complete games so I thought I had a chance."

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A Pacific League pitcher has won the award the last 5 years straight.

The last Central League pitcher to win it?

Kenshin Kawakami in 2004 when he was pitching for the Chunichi Dragons.

=== UPDATE 11/3/2009 @ 12:14pm JST

Other names that were up for consideration:

Yu Darvish

G W L SV CG SHO BF IP H HR BB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
23 15 5 0 8 2 701 182 118 9 45 6 167 5 0 36 35 1.73

Masahiro Tanaka

G W L SV CG SHO BF IP H HR BB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
25 15 6 1 6 3 771 189.2 170 13 43 7 171 3 0 51 49 2.33

Toshiya Sugiuchi

G W L SV CG SHO BF IP H HR BB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
26 15 5 0 6 1 764 191 145 14 63 4 204 7 0 59 50 2.36

Kazuki Yoshimi

G W L SV CG SHO BF IP H HR BB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
27 16 7 0 5 4 750 189.1 166 10 33 3 147 6 1 52 42 2.00

Dicky Gonzalez

G W L SV CG SHO BF IP H HR BB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
23 15 2 0 2 0 643 162 134 11 25 7 113 2 1 42 38 2.11
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The Golden Spirit Award

by on Oct.29, 2009 @ 3:47 pm, under NPB
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The Golden Spirits Award goes to Michihiro Ogasawara this year.

Ogasawara has been donating money to the  Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefectural Social Welfare Organization ever since 2000.  The money he donates goes toward helping children with cancer and their families.

The award will be presented on November 16th.

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1st Annual Sayonara Awards

by on Oct.27, 2009 @ 6:01 pm, under NPB
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Yoshiyuki Kamei and Tadahito Iguchi were selected for the first Dramatic Sayonara Award.

The award is given to one player in each league that hit a "memorable" home run during the past season.  Winners of the home run also received a cash prize of 2M yen.

Kamei hit a walk-off 3-run homer to help the Yomiuri Giants beat the Chunichi Dragons on April 25th at the Tokyo Dome in the bottom of the 9th.  Kamei also finished the season with a league-high 3 walk-off home runs.

Tadahito Iguchi also hit a walk-off home run, his against the Rakuten Eagles on April 16th at Chiba Marine Stadium in the bottom of the 10th.  Iguchi finished the season with 2 walk-off home runs.