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JPBPA Player’s Choice: 2012 MVP and Best Nine

by on Dec.03, 2012 @ 10:48 am, under NPB
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Player's Choice

Central League

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Team
MVP 阿部慎之助 Abe, Shinnosuke YOM
SP 内海 哲也 Utsumi, Tetsuya YOM
RP 山口 鉄也 Yamaguchi, Tetsuya YOM
CL 西村健太朗 Nishimura, Kentaro YOM
C 阿部慎之助 Abe, Shinnosuke YOM
1B ブランコ Blanco, Tony CHU
2B 荒木 雅博 Araki, Masahiro CHU
3B 宮本 慎也 Miyamoto, Shinya YAK
SS 坂本 勇人 Sakamoto, Hayato YOM
LF ミレッジ Milledge, Lastings YAK
CF 大島 洋平 Oshima, Yohei CHU
RF 長野 久義 Chono, Hisayoshi YOM

Pacific League

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Team
MVP 吉川 光夫 Yoshikawa, Mitsuo HAM
SP 吉川 光夫 Yoshikawa, Mitsuo HAM
RP 増井 浩俊 Masui, Hirotoshi HAM
CL 武田  久 Takeda, Hisashi HAM
C 鶴岡 慎也 Tsuruoka, Shinya HAM
1B 稲葉 篤紀 Inaba, Atsunori HAM
2B 本多 雄一 Honda, Yuichi SOF
3B 松田 宣浩 Matsuda, Nobuhiro SOF
SS 中島 裕之 Nakajima, Hiroyuki SEI
LF 中田  翔 Nakata, Sho HAM
CF 陽  岱鋼 Yoh, Dai-Kang HAM
RF 糸井 嘉男 Itoi, Yoshio HAM
DH ペーニャ Pena, Wily Mo SOF

Source: Sponichi 12/3/2012

2012 Hochi Pro Sports Award given to Shinnosuke Abe, Mitsuo Yoshikawa

by on Nov.22, 2012 @ 10:41 pm, under NPB
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The winners of the 2012 Hochi Pro Sports Award were selected on Wednesday.  In baseball, the Central League Award went to Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri) and the Pacific League Award to Mitsuo Yoshikawa (Nippon Ham).  Abe won the CL award for the second time in his career (2007, 2012).

Source: 2012 Hochi Pro Sports Award

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Hayato Sakamoto wins the 2012 Georgia Spirit Award

by on Nov.22, 2012 @ 6:14 pm, under NPB
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Hayato Sakamoto won the 2012 Georgia Spirit Award for his game on July 7.

Sakamoto went 3-for-4 at the plate.  He also made a big defensive play in the top of the 8th: with the bases loaded and one out, he made a nice pick on a grounder hit by Shinjiro Hiyama back up the middle and managed to get the throw off to Takayuki Terauchi at second in time to turn a double play.  Georgia video - Box score

Kenta Maeda won the Selection Committee's Special Award for his no-hitter on the April 6.

On April 6, Maeda tossed a no-hitter against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium.  He became the seventy-fourth pitcher in NPB history to record a no-hitter and the first since Masahiro Yamamoto in 2006.  Georgia video - Box score

Source: official announcement

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UPDATE 11/23 @ 9:28pm - The selection committee was made up of Hisashi Yamada, Sachio Kinugasa, Masataka Nashida, Kimiyasu Kudo, Seijun Ninomiya (sports writer), and Mitsuo Kobayashi (Shukan Baseball).  Source: Sponichi 11/23/2012

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Mitsuo Yoshikawa wins the 2012 Sapporo Dome MVP

by on Nov.22, 2012 @ 3:38 pm, under NPB
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Mitsuo Yoshikawa is the winner of this year's Sapporo Dome MVP.

  • He received 473 of 1,305 votes cast by fans at the official Sapporo Dome website.
  • He recorded the first double-digit victory season of his career and recorded his tenth victory of the year during a start at Sapporo Dome.  He also led his team in wins.
  • He won the ERA title in the Pacific League.
  • He went 7-2 with a 1.42 ERA in eleven starts at Sapporo Dome.

Source: official announcement via Nikkan Sports 11/22/2012

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2012 Ni-gun Awards Ceremony

by on Nov.21, 2012 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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The Eastern and Western League awards ceremony took place in Tokyo today.  The following players were recognized for their achievements this past season.

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Eastern League

Titles

Title Player JPN Player ENG Team Stat Times
ERA 岸  敬祐 Kishi, Keisuke YOM 2.36 1
Wins 永井  怜 Nagai, Satoshi RAK 10 1
Saves 荻野 忠寛 Ogino, Tadahiro LOT 16 1
WPCT 菊池 保則 Kikuchi, Yasunori RAK .778 1
Batting Avg 隠善 智也 Inzen, Tomoya YOM .327 1
Home Runs 鵜久森淳志 Ugumori, Atsushi HAM 12 1
RBI 中井 大介 Nakai, Daisuke YOM 48 1
Stolen Bases 伊志嶺翔大 Ishimine, Shota LOT 38 1
OBP 伊志嶺翔大 Ishimine, Shota LOT .415 1

Awards

Award Player JPN Player ENG Team
Valuable Player 南  昌輝 Minami, Masaki LOT
Valuable Player 高城 俊人 Takajo, Shuto YOK
Valuable Player 菊池 保則 Kikuchi, Yasunori RAK
Valuable Player 宮國 椋丞 Miyaguni, Ryosuke YOM
Valuable Player 十亀  剣 Togame, Ken SEI
Valuable Player 中村  勝 Nakamura, Masaru HAM
Valuable Player 八木 亮祐 Yagi, Ryosuke YAK
Special Award* 今村 信貴 Imamura, Nobutaka YOM

* tossed a no-hitter against Nippon Ham on August 30.

Western League

Titles

Title Player JPN Player ENG Team Stat Times
ERA 千賀 滉大 Senga, Kodai SOF 1.33 1
Wins 二保  旭 Niho, Akira SOF 11 1
Save 小熊 凌祐 Oguma, Ryosuke CHU 16 1
WPCT 二保  旭 Niho, Akira SOF 1.000 1
Batting Avg 中村  晃 Nakamura, Akira ORI .295 1
Home Runs 竹原 直隆 Takehara, Naotaka CHU 7 1*
Home Runs 高橋 周平 Takahashi, Shuhei SOF 7 1
RBI 田上 秀則 Tanoue, Hidenori SOF 39 1
Stolen Bases 安田 圭佑 Yasuda, Keisuke SOF 19 1
OBP 中村  晃 Nakamura, Akira SOF .399 1

* twice in the Eastern League.

Awards

Award Player JPN Player ENG Team
Valuable Player 二保  旭 Niho, Akira SOF
Valuable Player 山田 修義 Yamada, Nobuyoshi ORI
Valuable Player 菊池 涼介 Kikuchi, Ryosuke HIR
Valuable Player 秋山  拓巳 Akiyama, Takumi HAN
Valuable Player 高橋 周平 Takahashi, Shuhei CHU

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Ryuji Ichioka (YOM) and Shuhei Takahashi (CHU) were presented with Sponichi's Farm Rookie of the Year Award.  Source: Sponichi 11/22/2012

Keisuke Kishi (YOM) and Akira Niho (SOF) were given Sanspo's Best Farm Pitcher Award. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2012

The Doryoku Award (Nikkan Sports) and the Big Hope Award (Baseball Magazine) went to Takanori Sato (YAK).  Source: Sanspo 11/22/2012

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Central League and Pacific League 2012 MVPs announced

by on Nov.21, 2012 @ 5:36 pm, under NPB
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The NPB announced the winneres of the 2012 MVP Award today:

Central League: Shinnsouke Abe (Yomiuri)

138 G, 159-for-467, 72 R, 22 2B, 1 3B, 27 HR, 264 TB, 104 RBI, 47 SO, 69 BB, .340/.429/.565

Pacific League: Mitsuo Yoshikawa (Nippon Ham)

25 G, 25 GS, 14-5, 5 CG, 3 ShO, 173.2 IP, 108 H, 6 HR, 158 K, 45 BB, 35 R, 33 ER, 1.71 ERA, 0.88 WHIP

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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
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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.

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2012 Best Nine – includes voting results

by on Nov.19, 2012 @ 5:57 pm, under NPB
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Central League Best Nine

Pos Player JPN Player ENG Team Times
P 内海 哲也 Utsumi, Tetsuya YOM 1st
C 阿部慎之助 Abe, Shinnosuke YOM 7th
1B ブランコ Blanco, Tony CHU 2nd
2B 田中 浩康 Tanaka, Hiroyasu YAK 2nd
3B 村田 修一 Murata, Shuichi YOM 2nd
SS 坂本 勇人 Sakamoto, Hayato YOM 2nd
OF 長野 久義 Chono, Hisayoshi YOM 2nd
OF 大島 洋平 Oshima, Yohei CHU 1st
OF W.バレンティン Balentien, Wladimir YAK 1st

Pacific League Best Nine

Pos Player JPN Player ENG Team Times
P 吉川 光夫 Yoshikawa, Mitsuo HAM 1st
C 鶴岡 慎也 Tsuruoka, Shinya HAM 1st
1B 李  大浩 Lee, Dae-Ho ORI 1st
2B 田中 賢介 Tanaka, Kensuke HAM 5th
3B 中村 剛也 Nakamura, Takeya SEI 4th
SS 中島 裕之 Nakajima, Hiroyuki SEI 4th
OF 糸井 嘉男 Itoi, Yoshio HAM 3rd
OF 角中 勝也 Kakunaka, Katsuya LOT 1st
OF 内川 聖一 Uchikawa, Seiichi SOF 2nd+
DH W.M.ペーニャ Pena, Wily Mo SOF 1st

+ won the award once at first and once in the outfield, both times in the CL

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36th Shoriki Matsutaro Award goes to Tatsunori Hara, Shinnosuke Abe

by on Nov.14, 2012 @ 5:29 pm, under NPB
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The Shoriki Matsutaro Award selection committee decided to name two winners this year: Tatsunori Hara and Shinnosuke Abe.  This is the first time the award has been given to two people from the same organization.  Abe is the first player to win the award since Hideki Matsui in 2000 (the award has been going to managers since then, although Ichiro Suzuki was name a co-winner in 2004).

Hideki Kuriyama (HAM) was also under consideration, but everyone on the committee ended up voting for the combo of Hara and Abe.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2012

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UPDATE 11/15 @ 7:44pm - The selection committee was made up of Sadaharu Oh, Masao Taguchi, Shigeru Sugishita, Futoshi Nakanishi, and Koji Yamamoto.  Source: Sponichi 11/15/2012

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