[7/6/2016] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for June

Central League


Yusuke Nomura, Hiroshima (First Time)
4 G, 4-0, 25.0 IP, 1.44 ERA, 13 SO, 4 ER

Nomura picked up his first MVP of the Month award. He pitched in four games in June and recorded at least six innings and allowed two or fewer runs in each. He notched a victory in all four starts. He played a big role in the team’s current eleven-game winning streak. He is the first Hiroshima pitcher to win an MVP of the Month award since Bryan Bullington in September 2013 and first Japanese Hiroshima pitcher since Kenta Maeda in June 2012.


Tetsuto Yamada, Yakult (Fifth Time)
23 G, .346 AVG, 28 H, 10 HR, 28 RBI, 4 SB

Yamada picked up his fifth MVP of the Month award, first since September 2015. He led the league in batting average, home runs, and RBIs. He became the first player to hit a home run against eleven different teams in the same season since Inter-league play lasted eighteen games.

Pacific League


Shohei Otani, Nippon Ham (Second Time)
4 G, 4-0, 31.0 IP, 0.29 ERA, 1 CG, 41 SO, 1 ER

Otani pitched in sixteen games in May and set a new Pacific League record for saves in one month with twelve. He recorded holds after entering games in the ninth inning with the score tied on May 4 against Nippon Ham and May 14 against Orix. He recorded six consecutive perfect saves between May 22 and May 31. He notched his 150th career save on May 31.


Tatsuhiro Tamura, Lotte (First Time)
22 G, .400 AVG, 32 H, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 1 SB

Tamura played in twenty-two games in June and led the league with a .400 batting average. His on base percentage (.444) was good for second and his hits for third. He recorded five consecutive multi-hit games between June 24 and 29 and four games with three or more his in June. He is the first catcher in the Pacific League to win an MVP of the Month award since Kenji Jojima in June 2004 and first Lotte catcher since Susumu Aoyagi in April 1992.

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