Tomoyuki Sugano, Yomiuri (Fourth Time)
4 G, 4-0, 29.0 IP, 0.31 ERA, 30 SO, 1 ER
Sugano won the MVP of the Month Award for the second time this year (May and July). He led the league with four wins and a 0.31 ERA in July. He won all four of his starts. Sugano is the first Yomiuri pitcher to win two MVP of the Month Awards in one season since Masaki Saito in 1990 (May and July).
Masayuki Kuwahara, Yokohama (First Time)
21 G, .389 AVG, 35 H, 6 HR, 14 RBI, 2 SB
Kuwahara batted first in every game in July and led the league with a .389 batting average. He recorded a hit in seventeen of the twenty-one games he played. Of the seventeen, thirteen were multi-hit games; of the thirteen, five were modashos. He also led the league in on base percentage (.439) and his seventeen runs scored was good for a second place tie with two other players. On July 1, he recorded a lead-off home run and a come-from-behind grand slam in the ninth. Kuwahara is the first Yokohama player to win the award since Jose Lopez later year (September).
Nao Higashihama, Softbank (First Time)
3 G, 3-0, 20.1 IP, 1.33 ERA, 13 SO, 3 ER
Higashihama pitched in three games in July and led the league in wins (tied with five others). He gave up a run on four hits over 5.1 innings against Nippon Ham on July 7; a run on five hits over 7.2 innings against Seibu on July 17; and a run on five hits over 7.1 innings against Rakuten on July 27.
Shogo Akiyama, Seibu (Third Time)
23 G, .351 AVG, 33 H, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 2 SB
Akiyama batted lead-off in all twenty-three of his team’s games in July. He led the league in hits (33), RBI (19), and total bases (52). His sixteen runs scored was tied for most with two other players. He recorded three hits and four RBI on July 6 against Nippon Ham, July 11 against Lotte, and July 23 against Nippon Ham. He also recorded four hits and two RBI against Orix on July 25. He put together an eleven-game hitting streak between July 18 and 30. Akiyama won the MVP of the Month Award two other times, both in 2015 (March/April and June). This is the seventy-second time a Seibu player won the award, most in the league.
Source: NPB 8/8/20170 Comments
The Saitama Seibu Fire Bureau announced that Akiyama will be used in their 2017 fire prevention posters.
Source: Saitama Seibu 5/16/20170 Comments
The media learned that Shogo Akiyama participated in the World Baseball Classic with a fracture in his right fifth toe (pinky). He suffered the fracture when he was hit by a pitch during a practice game against Hanshin on March 3. The Seibu Lions were notified immediately after Samurai Japan found out he was hurt.
[UPDATE 3/26 @ 9:19pm]
According to reports posted this morning, the fracture was in the fourth toe (the toe next to the pinky).0 Comments
Shogo Akiyama met the Seibu Lions for salary negotiations at Seibu Prince Dome on November 1 and agreed to a new three-year contract with a variable salary. He is set to earn an estimated 200 million yen plus incentives next year.
[UPDATE 12/3 @ 10:04pm]
Akiyama’s contract with Seibu could be three years at about 800 million yen (with incentives maxed out).
Source: Sponichi 12/2/20160 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced two births:
Shogo Akiyama’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a boy, at a hospital in Yokosuka, Kanagawa on September 8.
Ernesto Mejia’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy, on September 8.0 Comments