[11/3/2018] Softbank Hawks win second Nippon Series in a row

The Softbank Hawks blanked the Hiroshima Carp, 2-0, tonight and won the 2018 Nippon Series.

Series Awards:

  • MVP – Takuya Kai (Softbank)
  • Excellent Player – Yuito Mori (Softbank)
  • Excellent Player – Yuki Yanagita (Softbank)
  • Excellent Player – Akira Nakamura (Softbank)
  • Fighting Spirit – Seiya Suzuki (Hiroshima)

Some notes:

  • The Hiroshima Carp failed to win their first Nippon Series since 1984.
  • The Central League has not won a Nippon Series since the Yomiuri Giants beat the Nippon Ham Fighters in 2012.
  • The Softbank Hawks have won four of the last five Nippon Series.
  • The Hawks have recorded a Nippon Series against all six Central League teams.
    • Yomiuri (1959), Hanshin (1964, 2003, 2014), Chunichi (1999, 2011), Yakult (2015), Yokohama (2017).
  • Kimiyasu Kudo was tossed into the air fifteen times.
    • Kudo has been on fourteen Nippon Series winning teams, eleven times as a player and three times as a manager.
    • Player: eight with Seibu, one with Daiei, two with Yomiuri
    • Manager: three with Softbank
  • Yuki Yanagita was tossed into the air seven times.
  • Yuito Mori was tossed into the air five times.
  • Takuya Kai set a Nippon Series record by throwing out six consecutive base-runners.

Softbank Hawks Nippon Series History

  • Appearances: 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1973, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
  • Championships: 1959, 1964, 1999, 2003, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018

Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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