Tadahito Iguchi was named the recipient of the twentieth Golden Spirit Award. Sadaharu Oh and Sadaaki Yoshimura were selected for special awards. An award ceremony will be held in Tokyo on December 4.
Iguchi started getting involved in local communities just before he turned pro. He has donated wheelchairs (forty-two), AED devices (six), and time and money to various facilities and organizations during a career in baseball that has spanned more than twenty years. He set up baseball clinics, visited hospitals, and provided support during the Eastern Japan Earthquake through Ai Kikin, a charitable organization he helped create when he was a member of the Daiei Hawks.0 Comments
The NPB and the Yomiuri Giants announced today that Tomoyuki Sugano was selected for the 2018 Sawamura Award. The award selection committee met in Tokyo on October 29 and needed just about ten minutes to make their selections. Sugano was a unanimous pick as he qualified in all categories for the award.
Sugano joins Shigeru Sugishita (1951, 1952), Masaichi Kaneda (1956-1958), Minoru Murayama (1965, 1966), and Masaki Saito (1995, 1966) as the only players in NPB history to win the award in two or more consecutive seasons. He also became the eighth winner to qualify in all seven categories.
Selection Committee: Tsuneo Horiuchi (chairman), Masaji Hiramatsu, Choji Murata, Manabu Kitabeppu, and Hisashi Yamada.One Comment
Source: Sponichi 10/23/2018
[UPDATE 10/24 @ 1:28pm]
The vote breakdown, according to Sponichi:
Source: Sponichi 10/24/20180 Comments
Tomoyuku Sugano won the 2018 Tokyo Dome MVP Award for the second year in a row.
Sugano recorded a 10-3 record that included six shutouts over thirteen starts and 102.0 innings of work at Tokyo Dome this season. He also finished with a 1.68 ERA and 102 strikeouts at the stadium.
Kazuma Okamoto was presented with a special Tokyo Dome MVP award.
In sixty-four games at Tokyo Dome, Okamoto went 62-for-227 with thirteen home runs and thirty-nine RBI.
Source: Tokyo Dome 10/23/20180 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||三上 朋也||Mikami, Tomoya||Yokohama||10.4s|
|Pacific League||多和田 真三郎||Tawata, Shinsaburo||Seibu||11.1s|
Hitters (bases empty)
|Central League||京田 陽太||Kyoda, Yota||Chunichi||11.4s|
|Pacific League||藤岡 裕大||Fujioka, Yudai||Lotte||12.0s|
Kyoda is a Special Recognition Player because he won the Speed Up Award for the second straight year. He will not be eligible for the Speed Up Award in 2019.
Nine inning games
|Central League||読売ジャイアンツ||Yomiuri Giants||3h9m|
|Pacific League||オリックス・バファローズ||Orix Buffaloes||3h6m|
Tomoyuki Sugano, Yomiuri (Sixth Time)
7 G, 4-1, 49.0 IP, 1.10 ERA, 44 SO, 6 ER, 3 ShO
Sugano led the league in wins (four), earned run average (1.10), and strikeouts (forty-four). Four of his victories were shutouts. He also made an appearance out of the bullpen for the first time in five years on October 9.
Neftali Soto, Yokohama (First Time)
28 G, .360 AVG, 36 H, 14 HR, 31 RBI
So played in twenty-eight games in September/October and led the league in home runs (fourteen) and runs batted in (thirty-one). He recorded hits in twenty-five of the twenty-eight games he played, including multiple home runs in three games.
Shinsaburo Tawata, Seibu (Second Time)
5 G, 4-0, 35.0 IP, 1.54 ERA, 1 CG, 1 ShO, 17 SO, 6 ER
Tawata started five games in September/October and led the league in earned run average (1.54). He gave up three runs over 5.1 innings against Nippon Ham on September 4 and picked up the win. He tossed a seven-hit shutout against Orix on September 11. He picked up his third victory on September 18 against Nippon Ham (one run, 6.1 innings). He was not involved in the decision against Rakuten on September 24 (one run, 6.1 innings), and held Nippon Ham to one run over eight innings on October 1.
Hotaka Yamakawa, Seibu (Fourth Time)
28 G, .333 AVG, 34 H, 11 HR, 28 RBI
Yamakawa batted clean-up in all twenty-eight of his team’s games in September/October and led the league in home runs (eleven) and runs batted in (twenty-eight). He also won MVP of the Month awards in August 2017, September/October 2017, and March/April 2018. He joined Ichiro (June 1998, July 1998, May 1999, July 1999) as the only players in NPB history to win multiple MVP of the Month awards in the same year, two years in a row.
Yamakawa and Tawata became the first players in NPB history to win the MVP of the Month award at the same time, twice in the same year (March/April 2018 and September/October 2018).
Source: NPB 10/16/20180 Comments
Tsuyoshi Ueda, Yakult (First Time)
September 4 vs Chunichi at Jingu Stadium. Bottom of the 11th inning, score tied at nine. Ueda hit a walk-off home run to right-center.
The Swallows gave up a 3-0 lead in the first inning and allowed three more runs in the second. They pushed back with a run in the second and two runs in the fourth, but the Chunichi Dragons answered back and held a six-run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. The Swallows scratched back and tied the game at nine with the help of a pinch-hit two-run home run by Shinichi Takeuchi. The score remain tied at nine until the bottom of the 11th. With runners on first and second and two out, Ueda blasted a three-run home run to right-center.
This was the second walk-off home run of Ueda’s career. He hit his first walk-off home run on June 22, 2014.
Hiroyuki Nakajima, Seibu (First Time)
September 1 vs Seibu at Kyocera Dome Osaka. Bottom of the ninth inning, down 8-7. Nakajima blasted the first walk-off home run of his career.
The Seibu Lions put up five runs in the third and had a seven run lead after four full innings. The Buffaloes chipped away at the lead with two runs in the fifth, seventh, and eighth innings. Stefen Romero led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to left. Masataka Yoshida followed with a double to left-center. With runners on second and third, Nakajima smashed a three-run home run to left.
Nakajima recorded the seventh walk-off hit (first since August 12, 2018) and first walk-off home run of his career.
Source: NPB 10/16/20180 Comments
|Best ERA||菅野 智之||Sugano, Tomoyuki||Yomiuri||2.14|
|Best WPCT||大瀬良 大地||Osera, Daichi||Hiroshima||.682|
|Most Wins||大瀬良 大地||Osera, Daichi||Hiroshima||15|
|菅野 智之||Sugano, Tomoyuki||Yomiuri||15|
|Most Saves||山崎 康晃||Yamasaki, Yasuaki||Yokohama||37|
|Best Reliever||近藤 一樹||Kondo, Kazuki||Yakult||42|
|Most Strikeouts||菅野 智之||Sugano, Tomoyuki||Yomiuri||200|
|Best Hitter||ビシエド||Viciedo, Dayan||Chunichi||.348|
|Most Hits||ビシエド||Viciedo, Dayan||Chunichi||178|
|Most Home Runs||ソト||Soto, Neftali||Yokohama||41|
|Most RBIs||バレンティン||Balentien, Wladimir||Yakult||131|
|Best OBP||丸 佳浩||Maru, Yoshihiro||Hiroshima||.468|
|Most Stolen Bases||山田 哲人||Yamada, Tetsuto||Yakult||33|
|Best ERA||岸 孝之||Kishi, Takayuki||Rakuten||2.72|
|Best WPCT||ボルシンガー||Bolsinger, Mike||Lotte||.867|
|Most Wins||多和田 真三郎||Tawata, Shinsaburo||Seibu||16|
|Most Saves||森 唯斗||Mori, Yuito||Softbank||37|
|Best Reliever||宮西 尚生||Miyanishi, Naoki||Nippon Ham||41|
|Most Strikeouts||則本 昂大||Norimoto, Takahiro||Rakuten||186|
|Best Hitter||柳田 悠岐||Yanagita, Yuki||Softbank||.352|
|Most Hits||秋山 翔吾||Akiyama, Shogo||Seibu||195|
|Most Home Runs||山川 穂高||Yamakawa, Hotaka||Seibu||47|
|Most RBIs||浅村 栄斗||Asamura, Hideto||Seibu||127|
|Best OBP||柳田 悠岐||Yanagita, Yuki||Softbank||.431|
|Most Stolen Bases||西川 遥輝||Nishikawa, Haruki||Nippon Ham||44|
Shumei Miyamoto, Yokohama
12 G, 17-for-46, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 SB, .370 BA, .543 SLG
Miyamoto played in twelve games in September. His .370 batting average was good for second in the league. He recorded hits in ten of twelve games and multiple hits in five.
Tatsuki Kuwahara, Hiroshima
14 G, 19-for-55, 25 TB, 4 RBI, 4 SB, .345 BA, .455 SLG
Miyamoto played in fourteen games in September. His nineteen hits includes a nine-game hitting streak. He led the league with twelve runs scored.
Source: NPB 10/4/20180 Comments