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2010 Sayonara Awards

by on Oct.26, 2010 @ 9:51 pm, under NPB
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The Central League and Pacific League announced their selections for the 2010 Sayonara Awards (winners will also receive 2M yen).

Central League - Soichiro Amaya (Hiroshima Carp), for his walks-off 3-run homer in the 11th against the Yomiuri Giants on 8/27.

Pacific League - Hiroki Kokubo (Softbank Hawks), for his walk-off 2-run homer in the 11th against the Seibu Lions on 9/18.

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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.