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[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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[10/30/2017] 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

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[10/24/2016] Kris Johnson wins Sawamura Award

Kris Johnson was selected as this year’s Sawamura Award winner during a selection meeting that took place a hotel in Tokyo on October 24. Johnson is the first foreign pitcher to win the award since Gene Bacque in 1964.

Johnson met four of the seven suggested criteria for the Sawamura Award.

  • Fifteen or more wins (Johnson: fifteen)
  • 150 or more strikeouts (Johnson: 141)
  • Ten or more complete games (Johnson: three)
  • 2.50 or better ERA (Johnson: 2.15)
  • 200 or more innings (Johnson: 180.1)
  • Twenty-five or more outings (Johnson: twenty-six)
  • .600 or better winning percentage (Johnson: .682)

Tomoyuki Sugano (189 strikeouts, 2.01 ERA, twenty-six outings, .600 WPCT), Yusuke Nomura (sixteen wins, twenty-five outings, .842 WPCT), and Ayumu Ishikawa (2.16 ERA, .737 WPCT) were also considered, but the committee went with Johnson because he kept his spot in the rotation and was instrumental in Hiroshima’s success this season. The committee also considered passing on a selection this year.

Selection committee members told the media they were at a point where they needed to make adjustments to the criteria (like complete games and innings) based on the way pitches are now used.

Selection committee members: Tsuneo Horiuchi, Masaji Hiramatsu, Choji Murata, Manabu Kitabeppu, and Hisashi Yamada

Source: NPB announcement, Nikkan Sports 10/24/2016, NHK News 10/24/2016, Sponichi 10/24/2016

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Orix 143 63 79 1
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