Tag Archive: 2017 NPB Awards


[11/8/2017] Minoru Iwata wins Golden Spirit Award

Minoru Iwata was named the winner of the 19th Golden Spirit Award.

Iwata was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes while he was in high school. He currently wears an insulin pump during games to control his blood sugar  levels. Wanting to help others with similar conditions, he started donating money to diabetes research in 2009 (100,000 yen for every win he records). He has visited patients and invited them to watch him pitch. He has also spoken up about his condition to help spread awareness.

Selection Committee Members

Yoshiharu Otsuka (Japan Red Cross Society, Vice President), Katsuhiko Kumazaki (NPB Commissioner),  Kazuo Sayama (writer), Shigeo Nagashima (Honorary Manager for the Yomiuri Giants), Shinichi Maruyama (Hochi Shimbun, Representative Director, President), Yuko Mitsuya (Japan Basketball Association, Chairperson)

Source: Sports Hochi 11/8/2017


[10/30/2017] Tomoyuki Sugano wins Sawamura Award

The NPB announced today that a selection committee decided to give Tomoyuki Sugano a Sawamura Award for his performance this year. Yusei Kikuchi was also considered, but the committee went with Sugano because they unanimously felt he put together a better overall season.

Category Sugano Kikuchi
15 or more wins 17 W 16 W
150 or more strikeouts 171 SO 217 SO
10 or more complete games 6 CG 6 CG
2.50 or better ERA 1.59 ERA 1.97 ERA
200 or more innings pitched 187.1 IP 187.2 IP
25 or more games 25 G 26 G
.600 or better winning percentage .773 WPCT .727 WPCT

The committee is planning to take quality starts into consideration next year, particularly since fewer pitchers have been able to reach ten complete games and 200 innings over the last few seasons.

Selection Committee: Tsuneo Horiuchi (chairman), Masaji Hiramatsu, Choji Murata, Manabu Kitabeppu, and Hisashi Yamada.

Source: NPB 10/30/2017, Daily Sports 10/30/2017, Sponichi 10/30/2017, Sponichi 10/30/2017, Sponichi 10/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 10//30/2017


[10/24/2017] 2017 Tokyo Dome MVP Award

Tomoyuku Sugano was given the 2017 Tokyo Dome MVP Award.

Sugano went 9-2 with three complete games and one shutout in twelve games at Tokyo Dome this year. He tossed 93.1 innings and notched ninety-three strikeouts with a 1.45 ERA. Sugano also won the award in 2014.

Source: Tokyo Dome 10/24/2017


[10/24/2017] 2017 Battery Awards

Central League

  • Tokoyuki Sugano (second time) – Seiji Kobayashi (first time), Yomiuri Giants

Pacific League

  • Yusei Kikuchi (first time) – Ginjiro Sumitani (second time), Seibu Lions

Selection Committee: Isao Harimoto, Michiyo Arito, Koichi Tabuchi, Osamu Higashio, Kiyoshi Nakahata, Kazuhiko Ushijima.

Source: Sponichi 10/24/2017


[10/17/2017] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for September/October

Central League


Tomoyuki Sugano, Yomiuri (Fifth Time)
5 G, 4-0, 38.0 IP, 0.47 ERA, 26 SO, 2 ER, 2 CG, 1 ShO

Sugano notched his third MVP of the Month this season. He led the league in wins (tied with Joe Wieland) and ERA in September/October. He recorded two complete games, including a shutout, in five starts. He allowed earned runs in only one start. The five MVP of the Month awards ties the Yomiuri record for pitchers set by Masaki Saito. The three MVP of the Month awards in one season ties the league record for pitchers set by Masahiro Yamamoto in 1993.


Ryuhei Matsuyama, Hiroshima (First Time)
20 G, .408 AVG, 29 H, 5 HR, 23 RBI

Matsuyama batted clean-up in twenty September/October games. He led the league in hits and posted a .480 batting average with runners in scoring position. He helped the team put together a 16-5 record in September/October.

Pacific League


Yusei Kikuchi, Seibu (FirstTime)
4 G, 3-0, 31.0 IP, 0.29 ERA, 1 ShO, 37 SO, 1 ER

Kikuchi pitched in four games in September/October and went 3-0 with a shutout. He led the league with a 0.29 ERA. He tossed a four-hit shutout with ten strikeouts against Lotte on September 7, allowed a run (unearned) on four hits and struck out eleven over eight innings against Rakuten on September 14, pitched sixth shutout innings against Lotte on September 21, and gave up three runs (one earned) over eight innings against Rakuten on October 3.


Hotaka Yamakawa, Seibu (Second Time)
25 G, .326 AVG, 30 H, 10 HR, 19 RBI

Yamakawa played in twenty-five games in September/October and led the league in home runs, runs (19), total bases (68), and slugging percentage (.739). He recorded multiple hits in ten games and two or more RBI in six games. He is the fourth player in league history to win MVP of the Month awards for two consecutive months. The other three: Doug Jennings (July and August 1995), Ichiro (June and July 1998), and Yuki Yanagita (August and September 2015).

Source: NPB 10/17/2017


[10/17/2017] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for September/October

Central League

Tomohiro Abe, Hiroshima (First Time)

September 5 vs Hanshin at Mazda Stadium. Bottom of the 9th, down 7-6 with a runner on second and one out. Abe hit a walk-off home run to right-center.

The Carp scored two runs in the bottom of the first, but quickly lost the lead after giving up two runs in second and another run in third. They answered back with three runs in the bottom of third and had a two-run lead heading into the fifth. However, Hiroshima again allowed the Tigers to claw back and tie the game in the top of the sixth. Abe broke the tie and gave the Carp a 6-5 lead in the seventh. Through seven full innings, the two teams combined for eleven runs and seventeen hits. Kosuke Fukudome put the Tigers ahead 7-6 with a two-run blast in the ninth. Abe stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on second and one out. On the fourth pitch of his at bat, he hit a drive to right-center for a walk-off two-run home run. The walk-off home run was the first of Abe’s career.

Pacific League

Alfredo Despaigne, Softbank (First Time)

September 3 vs Rakuten at YafuOku Dome. Bottom of the 9th, score tied at zero with runners on first and second and two out. Despaigne hit a walk-off single to center.

Tsuyoshi Wada got the start for Softbank, Takahiro Norimoto for Rakuten. Wada tossed seven shutout innings. Sho Iwasaki and Livan Moinelo also kept the Eagles off the board. Norimoto scattered three singles through eight innings. He then gave up a one-out single to Kenta Imamiya. A sac bunt and intentional walk later, with runners on first and second and two out, Despaigne swung at the first pitch of his bat and recorded a walk-off single to center. The walk-off was the third of his career (single on May 15,2016 and sac fly on April 21, 2017).

Source: NPB 10/17/2017


[10/13/2017] Lawson Ticket Speed Up Award

Lawson Ticket Speed Up Award
Supported by Lawson HMV Entertainment

Awarded to players and teams that help keep games moving at a brisk and interesting pace.

Individual Awards

Pitchers (bases empty)

Central League R.バルデス Valdes, Raul Chunichi 9.1s
Pacific League 牧田 和久 Makita, Kazuhisa Seibu 7.5s

Valdes and Makita are Special Recognition Players because they won the Speed Up Award for the second straight year. The two players will not be eligible for the Speed Up Award in 2018.

Hitters (bases empty)

Central League 京田 陽太 Kyoda, Yota Chunichi 11.4s
Pacific League 源田 壮亮 Genda, Sosuke Seibu 12.4s

Team Awards

Nine inning games

Central League 読売ジャイアンツ Yomiuri Giants 2h59m
Pacific League 埼玉西武ライオンズ Seibu Lions 3h03m

[10/10/2017] 2017 Central League Titles


Best ERA 菅野 智之 Sugano, Tomoyuki Yomiuri 1.59
Best WPCT 薮田 和樹 Yabuta, Kazuki Hiroshima .833
Most Wins 菅野 智之 Sugano, Tomoyuki Yomiuri 17
Most Saves ドリス Dolis, Rafael Hanshin 37
Best Reliever 桑原 謙太朗 Kuwahara, Kentaro Hanshin 43
  マテオ Mateo, Marcos Hanshin 43
Most Strikeouts マイコラス Mikolas, Miles Yomiuri 187


Best Hitter 宮﨑 敏郎 Miyazaki, Toshiro Yokohama .323
Most Hits 丸 佳浩 Maru, Yoshihiro Hiroshima 171
  ロペス Lopez, Jose Yokohama 171
Most Home Runs ゲレーロ Guerrero, Alex Chunichi 35
Most RBIs ロペス Lopez, Jose Yokohama 105
Best OBP 田中 広輔 Tanaka, Kosuke Hiroshima .398
Most Stolen Bases 田中 広輔 Tanaka, Kosuke Hiroshima 35

[10/10/2017] 2017 Pacific League Titles


Best ERA 菊池 雄星 Kikuchi, Yusei Seibu 1.97
Best WPCT 千賀 滉大 Senga, Kodai Softbank .765
Most Wins 東浜 巨 Higashihama, Nao Softbank 16
  菊池 雄星 Kikuchi, Yusei Seibu 16
Most Saves サファテ Sarfate, Dennis Softbank 54
Best Reliever 岩嵜 翔 Iwasaki, Sho Softbank 46
Most Strikeouts 則本 昂大 Norimoto, Takahiro Rakuten 222


Best Hitter 秋山 翔吾 Akiyama, Shogo Seibu .322
Most Hits 秋山 翔吾 Akiyama, Shogo Seibu 185
Most Home Runs デスパイネ Despaigne, Alfredo Softbank 35
Most RBIs デスパイネ Despaigne, Alfredo Softbank 103
Best OBP 柳田 悠岐 Yanagita, Yuki Softbank .426
Most Stolen Bases 西川 遥輝 Nishikawa, Haruki Nippon Ham 39

[10/5/2017] Sky Perfect Farm MVP of the Month Awards for September/October

Eastern League

Kazuma Okamoto, Yomiuri
16 G, 16-for-22, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 0 SB, .355 BA

Okamoto batted clean-up in all sixteen games he played in September/October and led the league in RBI. He was among the top players in various other offensive categories as well.

Western League

Yuki Mima, Hiroshima
15 G, 24-for-49, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 0 SB, .490 BA

He played in fifteen games in September and went 24-for-49. He led the league in hits, home runs, and batting average.

Source: NPB 10/5/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
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
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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