Tag Archive: 2018 NPB Awards


[11/3/2018] Tadahito Iguchi wins 20th Golden Spirit Award

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.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/3/2018, Sports Hochi 11/3/2018


[10/29/2018] Tomoyuki Sugano wins Sawamura Award for second year in a row

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.

  • At least fifteen wins: fifteen wins
  • At least 150 strikeouts: 200 strikeouts
  • At least ten complete games: ten complete games
  • A 2.50 ERA or better: 2.14 ERA
  • At least 200 innings: 202 innings
  • At least twenty-five games: twenty-eight games
  • A .600 or better winning percentage: .652 winning percentage

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.

Source: NPB 10/29/2018, Yomiuri 10/29/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/29/2018, Sponichi 10/29/2018, Daily Sports 10/29/2018, Sports Hochi 10/29/2018

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[10/23/2018] 2018 Battery Awards

Central League

  • Daichi Osera (first time) – Tsubasa Aizawa (first time), Hiroshima Carp

Pacific League

  • Shinsaburo Tawata (first time) – Tomoya Mori (first time), Seibu Lions

Special Award

  • Tomoyuki Sugano (first time), Yomiuri Giants

Source: Sponichi 10/23/2018

[UPDATE 10/24 @ 1:28pm]

The vote breakdown, according to Sponichi:

Central League

  • Osera-Aizawa = 5
  • Sugano-Kobayshi = 4

Pacific League

  • Tawata-Mori = 8
  • Kikuchi-Sumitani = 1

Source: Sponichi 10/24/2018


[10/23/2018] 2018 Tokyo Dome MVP Award

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 10/23/2018


[10/18/2018] 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 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.

Team Awards

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

[10/16/2018] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for September/October

Central League


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.

Pacific League


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 10/16/2018


[10/16/2018] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for September/October

Central League

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.

Pacific League

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 10/16/2018


[10/16/2017] 2018 Central League Titles


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

[10/16/2017] 2018 Pacific League Titles


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

[10/4/2018] Sky Perfect Farm MVP of the Month Awards for September

Eastern League

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.

Western League

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 10/4/2018

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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