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 11/8/20170 Comments
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.
|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 conisideration 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.0 Comments
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 10/24/20170 Comments
Selection Committee: Isao Harimoto, Michiyo Arito, Koichi Tabuchi, Osamu Higashio, Kiyoshi Nakahata, Kazuhiko Ushijima.
Source: Sponichi 10/24/20170 Comments
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.
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 10/17/20170 Comments
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.
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 10/17/20170 Comments
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.
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|
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.
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 10/5/20170 Comments