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2018 NPB Fine Judge Awards

Four NPB umpires were recognized for their work on the field this season.

Naoto Shikita
April 12 – Yokohama vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome
Top of the first inning, runners on first and second and two out. Single to center. Play at the plate. Runner appeared to be out, but Shikita was able to tell the runner was safe from the angle where he stood.

Shinji Hashimoto
April 22 – Hiroshima vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome
Bottom of the third inning, runners on first and no out. Yota Kyoda attempted a bunt. Hashimoto noticed Kyoda’s leg was outside of the batter’s box and called him out.

Hiroya Yamamura
May 1 – Seibu vs Orix at Kyocera Dome Osaka
Bottom of the sixth inning, runner on first and one out. Kenya Wakatsuki made contact with the catcher and Yamamura called him out. He provided a complete explanation of the ruling over the PA system.

Hidetomo Ashihara
May 24 – Yakult vs Hanshin at Koshien Stadium
Bottom of the fourth inning. None on and two out. Yoshio Itoi grounded out to the pitcher. He ran inside the foul line and the ball thrown by the pitcher hit him. Ashihara called him out and gave an easy to understand explanation over the PA system.

Source: NPB 12/14/2018

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2018 Sky Perfect Dramatic Sayonara of the Year Award

Central League

Ko Shimozuru, Hiroshima (First Time)

July 20 vs Yomiuri at Mazda Stadium. Bottom of the 10th, down 9-8. Runner on first and two out. Shimozuru hit a two-run, walk-off home run.

The Carp scored seven runs on five hits, including two home runs, during the first two innings of the game. The Giants cut the lead to just one run with three runs in the fourth and three runs in the sixth. Hiroshima tacked on another run in the sixth. Yomiuri immediately came back and tied the score at eight with two runs in the seventh. In the top of the tenth, Kazuma Okamoto put the Giants out in front, 9-8, with a lead-off solo home run. Ryosuke Kikuchi reached base on a one-out walk in the bottom of the tenth. One out later, Shimozuru ended the game with a walk-off two-run home run to right.

Pacific League

Tomoya Mori, Seibu (Second Time)

April 18 vs Nippon Ham at MetLife Dome. Bottom of the ninth, Lions down 8-7. Bases loaded, no out. Mori hit a walk-off two-run double to right-center.

The Lions were down five runs before they gave up another three spot in the top of the eighth. They charged back in the bottom-half of the inning by plating seven runs on five hits and three walks. Seibu quickly loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth on two hits and a walk. Mori stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded with the second walk-off of his career.

Source: NPB 11/30/2018

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2018 NPB Most Valuable Player Award

Central League

Total Votes: 295 / Valid Votes: 294

  Name JPN Name ENG Team 1st 2nd 3rd Total
丸 佳浩 Yoshihiro Maru Hiroshima 241 33 10 1314
  大瀬良 大地 Daichi Osera Hiroshima 20 107 61 482
  鈴木 誠也 Seiya Suzuki Hiroshima 7 69 72 314
  菅野 智之 Tomoyuki Sugano Yomiuri 17 45 52 272
  山田 哲人 Tetsuto Yamada Yakult 6 24 51 153
  D.ビシエド Dayan Viciedo Chunichi 1 2 4 15
  岡本 和真 Kazuma Okamoto Yomiuri 0 1 6 9
  中﨑 翔太 Shota Nakazaki Hiroshima 0 2 2 8
  G.フランスア Geronimo Franzua Hiroshima 1 0 2 7
  青木 宣親 Norichika Aoki Yakult 1 0 1 6
  會澤 翼 Tsubasa Aizawa Hiroshima 0 0 2 2
  N.ソト Neftali Soto Yokohama 0 0 2 2
  松山 竜平 Ryuhei Matsuyama Hiroshima 0 0 1 1
  筒香 嘉智 Yoshitomo Tsutsugo Yokohama 0 0 1 1
  (白票) None   0 11 27 60

Pacific League

Total Votes: 261 / Valid Votes: 258

  Name JPN Name ENG Team 1st 2nd 3rd Total
山川 穂高 Hotaka Yamakawa Seibu 148 77 20 991
  浅村 栄斗 Hideto Asamura Seibu 81 107 24 750
  秋山 翔吾 Shogo Akiyama Seibu 11 21 73 191
  柳田 悠岐 Yuki Yanagita Softbank 14 21 43 176
  菊池 雄星 Yusei Kikuchi Seibu 2 15 43 98
  多和田 真三郎 Shinsaburo Tawata Seibu 0 6 19 37
  源田 壮亮 Sosuke Genda Seibu 1 0 2 7
  吉田 正尚 Masataka Yoshida Orix 1 0 0 5
  榎田 大樹 Daiki Enokida Seibu 0 1 1 4
  則本 昂大 Takahiro Norimoto Rakuten 0 1 1 4
  森 友哉 Tomoya Mori Seibu 0 0 3 3
  宮西 尚生 Naoki Miyanishi Nippon Ham 0 1 0 3
  岸 孝之 Takayuki Kishi Rakuten 0 0 3 3
  森 唯斗 Yuito Mori Softbank 0 0 1 1
  (白票)     0 8 25 49
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2018 NPB Rookie of the Year

Central League

Total Votes: 295 / Valid Votes: 294

  Name JPN Name ENG Tean Votes
東 克樹 Katsuki Azuma Yokohama 290
  アドゥワ 誠 Makoto Aduwa Hiroshima 2
  京山 将弥 Masaya Kyoyama Yokohama 1
  (該当者なし) None   1

Pacific League

Total Votes: 261 / Valid Votes: 258

  Name JPN Name ENG Tean Votes
田中 和基 Kazuki Tanaka Rakuten 112
  山本 由伸 Yoshinobu Yamamoto Orix 70
  加治屋 蓮 Ren Kajiya Softbank 45
  藤岡 裕大 Yudai Fujioka Lotte 17
  清宮 幸太郎 Kotaro Kiyomiya Nippon Ham 2
  今井 達也 Tatsuya Imai Seibu 1
  Y.グラシアル Yurisbel Gracial Softbank 1
  田嶋 大樹 Daiki Tajima Orix 1
  (該当者なし) None   9
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2018 NPB Best Nine Awards

Central League

Total Votes: 295 / Valid Votes: 282

  Name JPN Name ENG Team Votes Notes
Pitchers
菅野 智之 Tomoyuki Sugano Yomiuri 243 Third, second in a row.
  大瀬良 大地 Daichi Osera Hiroshima 39  
Catchers
會澤 翼 Aizawa, Tsubasa Hiroshima 248 Second, second in a row.
  梅野 隆太郎 Umeno, Ryutaro Hanshin 27  
  小林 誠司 Kobayashi, Seiji Yomiuri 4  
  中村 悠平 Nakamura, Yuhei Yakult 3  
First Basemen
D.ビシエド Dayan Viciedo Chunichi 174 First.
  岡本 和真 Kazuma Okamoto Yomiuri 95  
  J.ロペス Jose Lopez Yokohama 5  
  松山 竜平 Ryuhei Matsuyama Hiroshima 3  
  坂口 智隆 Tomotaka Sakaguchi Yakult 3  
  新井 貴浩 Takahiro Arai Hiroshima 1  
  N.ソト Neftali Soto Yokohama 1  
Second Basemen
山田 哲人 Yamada, Tetsuto Yakult 263 Fourth, first in two years.
  菊池 涼介 Kikuchi, Ryosuke Hiroshima 19  
Third Basemen
宮﨑 敏郎 Toshiro Miyazaki Yokohama 250 Second, second in a row.
  岡本 和真 Kazuma Okamoto Yomiuri 23  
  C.マギー Casey McGehee Yomiuri 8  
  西川 龍馬 Ryoma Nishikawa Hiroshima 1  
Shortstops
坂本 勇人 Hayato Sakamoto Yomiuri 264 Fourth, first in two years.
  田中 広輔 Kosuke Tanaka Hiroshima 18  
Outfielders
丸 佳浩 Yoshihiro Maru Hiroshima 271 Fourth, third in a row.
鈴木 誠也 Seiya Suzuki Hiroshima 213 Third, third in a row.
N.ソト Neftali Soto Yokohama 108 First.
  W.バレンティン Wladimir Balentien Yakult 76  
  筒香 嘉智 Yoshitomo Tsutsugo Yokohama 62  
  青木 宣親 Norichika Aoki Yakult 56  
  平田 良介 Ryosuke Hirata Chunichi 45  
  岡本 和真 Kazuma Okamoto Yomiuri 8  
  野間 峻祥 Takayoshi Noma Hiroshima 4  
  Z.アルモンテ Zoilo Almonte Chunichi 2  
  松山 竜平 Ryuhei Matsuyama Hiroshima 1  

Pacific League

Total Votes: 261 / Valid Votes: 251

  Name JPN Name ENG Team Votes Notes
Pitchers
菊池 雄星 Yusei Kikuchi Seibu 135 Second, second in a row.
  多和田 真三郎 Shinsaburo Tawata Seibu 65  
  岸 孝之 Takayuki Kishi Rakuten 44  
  上沢 直之 Naoyuki Uwasawa Nippon Ham 3  
  榎田 大樹 Daiki Enokida Seibu 1  
  森 唯斗 Yuito Mori Softbank 1  
  宮西 尚生 Naoki Miyanishi Nippon Ham 1  
  則本 昂大 Takahiro Norimoto Rakuten 1  
Catchers
森 友哉 Tomoya Mori Seibu 179 First.
  甲斐 拓也 Takuya Kai Softbank 54  
  田村 龍弘 Tatsuhiro Tamura Lotte 16  
  石川 亮 Ryo Ishikawa Nippon Ham 1  
  嶋 基宏 Motohiro Shima Rakuten 1  
First Basemen
山川 穂高 Hotaka Yamakawa Seibu 243 First.
  中田 翔 Sho Nakata Nippon Ham 5  
  中村 晃 Akira Nakamura Softbank 2  
  井上 晴哉 Seiya Inoue Lotte 1  
Second Basemen
浅村 栄斗 Hideto Asamura Seibu 251 Third, third in a row. Once at first base.
Third Basemen
松田 宣浩 Nobuhiro Matsuda Softbank 162 First.
  中村 剛也 Takeya Nakamura Seibu 67  
  外崎 修汰 Shuta Tonosaki Seibu 8  
  鈴木 大地 Daichi Suzuki Lotte 7  
  今江 年晶 Toshiaki Imae Rakuten 6  
  B.レアード Brandon Laird Nippon Ham 1  
Shortstops
源田 壮亮 Sosuke Genda Seibu 248 First.
  今宮 健太 Kenta Imamiya Softbank 2  
  中島 卓也 Takuya Nakashima Nippon Ham 1  
Outfielders
柳田 悠岐 Yuki Yanagita Softbank 251 Fourth, second in a row.
秋山 翔吾 Shogo Akiyama Seibu 250 Third, second in a row.
吉田 正尚 Masataka Yoshida Orix 174 First.
  西川 遥輝 Haruki Nishikawa Nippon Ham 36  
  近藤 健介 Kensuke Kondo Nippon Ham 25  
  上林 誠知 Seiji Uebayashi Softbank 5  
  外崎 修汰 Shuta Tonosaki Seibu 4  
  中村 晃 Akira Nakamura Softbank 4  
  島内 宏明 Hiroaki Shimauchi Rakuten 3  
  田中 和基 Kazuki Tanaka Rakuten 1  
Designated Hitters
近藤 健介 Kensuke Kondo Nippon Ham 122 First.
  A.デスパイネ Alfredo Despaigne Softbank 104  
  森 友哉 Tomoya Mori Seibu 13  
  中田 翔 Sho Nakata Nippon Ham 3  
  栗山 巧 Takumi Kuriyama Seibu 2  
  S.ロメロ Stefen Romero Orix 2  
  吉田 正尚 Masataka Yoshida Orix 2  
  中村 剛也 Takeya Nakamura Seibu 1  
  井上 晴哉 Seiya Inoue Lotte 1  
  角中 勝也 Katsuya Kakunaka Lotte 1  
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[11/22/2018] Naoyuki Uwasawa wins 2018 Sapporo Dome MVP

Sapporo Dome announced that this year’s Sapporo Dome MVP will go to Naoyuki Uwasawa. He was selected because:

  • he received 430 of 1,892 online fan votes;
  • he led the Fighters with eleven wins and recorded the first double-digit win season of his career;
  • he was a solid presence in the starting rotation.

Source: Sapporo Dome 11/22/2018, Nippon Ham 11/22/2018

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[11/20/2018] Kimiyasu Kudo wins third Matsutaro Shoriki Award

The 2019 Matsutaro Shoriki Award will go to Kimiyasu Kudo. The award’s selection committee met today and decided to give the award to Kudo. Koichi Ogata, Tetsuto Yamada, and Hatsuhiko Tsuji were among the other candidates. The committee was impressed with Ogata’s third consecutive pennant, but he failed to win the Nippon Series. Yamada may have been a stronger candidate had the Yakult Swallows won the Nippon Series.

Kudo also won the Matsutaro Shoriki Award in 1987 (Seibu pitcher) and 2015 (Softbank manager). The three awards puts him in a four-way tie with Ichiro, Tatsunori Hara, and Koji Akiyama. Sadaharu Oh leads all players/manager with four.

Selection Committee: Sadaharu Oh, Shigeru Sugishita, Futoshi Nakanishi, Koji Yamamoto, and Ryusho Kadota.

Source: Daily Sports 11/20/2018, Daily Sports 11/20/2018, Sports Hochi 11/20/2018, Sponichi 11/20/2018, Sponichi 11/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/20/2018

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[11/13/2018] Additional 2018 NPB Awards

Commissioner Awards

Special Award

  • Hitoki Iwase (Chunichi)
    * first pitcher to appear in 1,000 games.

Umpire Awards

  • Best Umpire – Katsumi Manabe
  • Honorable Mention – Kazuyuki Shirai

Pacific League Awards

Manager of the Year

  • Hatsuhiko Tsuji (Seibu)
    * he managed the Lions to their first pennant in ten years during his second year as manager.

Achievement Award

  • Kazuo Matsui (Seibu)
    * for his contributions to the league over his career.

Central League Awards

Manager of the Year

  • Koichi Ogata (Hiroshima)
    * he guided the Carp the their third straight pennant.

Special Award

  • Tetsuto Yamada (Yakult)
    * he recorded the third triple-three of his career.

Achievement Award

  • Takahiro Arai (Hiroshima)
    * for his accomplishment as a Central League lifer (2,000 hits, 300 home runs, MVP in 2016).
  • Toshiya Sugiuchi (Yomiuri) * from both leagues
    * for his accomplishments over his career, including 142 career wins and a no-hitter in 2012.
  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi (Yomiuri)
    * Yomiuri lifer (thirteen years), first Ikusei rookie, first to record 200 holds, sixty or more games over nine consecutive seasons.
  • Hitoki Iwase (Chunichi)
    * Chunichi lifer (twenty years), fifty or more games over fifteen consecutive seasons, first to pitch in 1,000 games, topped 400 saves.
  • Masahiro Araki (Chunichi)
    * Chunichi lifer (twenty-two years), for his accomplishments on the base paths and on defense. He topped 2000 hits in 2017.

Comeback Award

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka (Chunichi)
    * Left for the MLB in 2007, returned to the NPB with Softbank in 2014. He pitched in just one game between 2014 and 2017. He helped solidify the Chunichi rotation this year.

Source: NPB 11/12/2018

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[11/13/2018] Additional 2018 NPB Farm Awards

Eastern League

Excellent Player Awards

Name JPN Name ENG Team
髙田 萌生 Hosei Takata Yomiuri
村上 宗隆 Munetaka Murakami Yakult
岩下 大輝 Daiki Iwashita Lotte
京山 将弥 Masaya Kyoyama Yokohama
西巻 賢二 Kenji Nishimaki Rakuten
今井 達也 Tatsuya Imai Seibu
渡邉 諒 Ryo Watanabe Nippon Ham

Excellent Umpire Award

Name JPN Name ENG
(該当者なし) None

Sponsor Awards

  Name JPN Name ENG Team
Excellent Pitcher 髙田 萌生 Hosei Takata Yomiuri
Rookie 村上 宗隆 Munetaka Murakami Yakult
Skill 鈴木 将平 Shohei Suzuki Seibu
Effort 村上 宗隆 Munetaka Murakami Yakult
Merit 髙田 萌生 Hosei Takata Yomiuri
Big Hope 髙田 萌生 Hosei Takata Yomiuri

Special Award

Name JPN Name ENG Team Notes
井納 翔一 Shoichi Ino Yokohama Tossed a no-hitter on July 1 vs Nippon Ham.

Western League

Excellent Player Awards

Name JPN Name ENG Team
伊藤 和雄 Kazuo Ito Hanshin
周東 佑京 Ukyo Shuto Softbank
齋藤 綱記 Koki Saito Orix
A.メヒア Alejandro Mejia Hiroshima
溝脇 隼人 Hayato Mizowaki Chunichi

Excellent Umpire Award

Name JPN Name ENG
水口 拓弥 Takuya Mizuguchi

Sponsor Awards

  Name JPN Name ENG Team
Excellent Pitcher 青柳 晃洋 Koyo Aoyagi Hanshin
Rookie 大竹 耕太郎 Kotaro Otake Softbank
Skill 福永 春吾 Shungo Fukunaga Hanshin
Effort 板山 祐太郎 Yutaro Itayama Hanshin
Merit 福永 春吾 Shungo Fukunaga Hanshin
Expectations 福永 春吾 Shungo Fukunaga Hanshin
Big Hope 島田 海吏 Kairi Shimada Hanshin
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[11/8/2018] 2018 Mitsui Golden Glove Awards

2018 Mitsui Golden Glove Awards

  Central League Pacific League
Valid Votes 276 248

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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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