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[10/20/2015] 2015 Battery Award: Otani/Ono and Ishikawa/Nakamura

by on Oct.20, 2015 @ 7:32 pm, under NPB
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The winners of the 2015 Battery Award were announced today.

2015 Battery Award

League Catcher Pitcher Team Link
Pacific Ono, Shota Otani, Shohei Nippon Ham official announcement
Central Nakamura, Yuhei Ishikawa, Masanori Yakult official announcement

A Nippon Ham battery won the award for the first time since 2012 (Shinya Tsuruoka and Mitsuo Yoshikawa).

A Yakult battery won the award for the first time since 2001 (Atsuya Furuta and Shugo Fujii)

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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
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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

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2013 Battery Award: Tanaka/Shima and Maeda/Ishihara

by on Oct.23, 2013 @ 7:31 pm, under NPB
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The winners of the 2013 Battery Award were announced today.

2013 Battery Award

League Catcher Pitcher Team Times
Pacific Shima, Motohiro Tanaka, Masahiro Rakuten 2 (2011)
Central Ishihara, Yoshiyuki Maeda, Kenta Hiroshima 2 (2010)

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The selection committee was made up of Michiyo Arito, Yutaka Ono, Isao Harimoto, Hiromi Makihara, and Sadaaki Yoshimura.  The committee unanimously selected Shima and Tanaka in the Pacific League.  It came down to two pairs in the Central League: Ishihara/Maeda and Shinnosuke Abe/Kentaro Nishimura.  Ishihara/Maeda beat out Abe/Nishimura, 5-4.

Source: Jiji Press 10/23/2013Sponichi 10/23/2013Sponichi 10/24/2013

[UPDATE 12/7 @ 5:44pm]

There were three pairs in the Central League: Shinnosuke Abe/Kentaro Nishimura, Shinnosuke Abe/Tomoyuki Sugano, and Yoshiyuki Ishihara/Kenta Maeda.  Of the ten votes available, five were split between Abe/Nishimura and Abe/Sugano and the other five went to Ishihara/Maeda.

Source: Sponichi 12/7/2013

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2012 Battery Award: Yoshikawa/Tsuruoka and Utsumi/Abe

by on Oct.23, 2012 @ 7:06 pm, under NPB
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The selection committee announced the winners of the 2012 Battery Awards.

2012 Battery Award Winners

League Pitcher Catcher Team
Central Utsumi, Tetsuya Abe, Shinnosuke Yomiuri Giants
Pacific Yoshikawa, Mitsuo Tsuruoka, Shinya Nippon Ham Fighters

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UPDATE 10/24 @ 10:55pm -  In the CL, there was apparently a tie between Utsumi and Tetsuya Yamaguchi.  It ultimately went to Utsumi because of his back-to-back double-digit victory seasons and an ERA under two.  In the PL, the combo of Tadashi Settsu and Toru Hosokawa was also presented, but the Yoshikawa/Tsuruoka pair got the nod because the Fighters won the regular season pennant and made it to the Nippon Series.  Source: Sponichi 10/24/2012

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2011 Battery Awards

by on Oct.26, 2011 @ 5:25 pm, under NPB
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The selection committee for the Pro Yakyu Battery Awards announced their selections for the 2011 season.

2011 Battery Award Winners

League Pitcher Catcher Team
Central Yoshimi, Kazuki Tanishige, Motonobu Chunichi Dragons
Pacific Tanaka, Masahiro Shima, Motohiro Rakuten Eagles

UPDATE 10/27 @ 2:50pm - For the CL, the duo of Yoshimi / Tanishige beat out the combination of Utsumi / Abe 4-3.  Tanishige has now also won the award four times.

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2010 Battery Awards handed out on Thursday

by on Dec.03, 2010 @ 4:19 am, under NPB
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The 2010 Battery Awards were handed out yesterday -- Toshiya Sugiuchi and Hidenori Tanoue picked up the award in the Pacific League while Kenta Maeda and Yoshiyuki Ishihara picked up the award in the Central League.

The All-Time Best Battery Award was also handed out yesterday.  Fans were asked to select one pitcher / catcher pair from the last 19 years (38 pitcher / catcher pairs in all) via mail-in ballots and the combo of Kimiyasu Kudo and Tsutomu Ito (the combo that won the first Battery Award in the PL in 1991) racked up the most votes.

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The 2009 Battery Awards

by on Oct.16, 2009 @ 2:24 am, under NPB
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The Battery Award committee (made up of Sponichi and the Battery Association of Japan) announced the winners of the 2009 Battery Awards on Thursday.

The winners:

Central League

Dicky Gonzalez (P) and Shinnosuke Abe (C) from the Yomiuri Giants

Pacific League

Hideaki Wakui (P) and Ginjiro (C) from the Seibu Lions

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