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1980 in Japanese baseball

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[edit] Nippon Professional Baseball

After the season Sadaharu Oh retires having hit 868 home runs in his 22-year career.

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion; Italics indicate Nippon Series winner

[edit] Central League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 130 73 44 13 0.612 0.0 544 476 0.263 3.37 Takeshi Koba
Yakult Swallows 130 68 52 10 0.562 6.5 562 462 0.270 3.17 Shiro Takegami
Yomiuri Giants 130 61 60 9 0.504 14.0 507 450 0.243 2.95 Shigeo Nagashima
Yokohama Taiyo Whales 130 59 62 9 0.488 16.0 534 587 0.259 4.18 Kiyoshi Doi
Hanshin Tigers 130 54 66 10 0.454 20.5 521 549 0.262 3.73 Don Blasingame, Futoshi Nakanishi
Chunichi Dragons 130 45 76 9 0.381 30.0 495 639 0.261 4.43 Toshio Naka

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Kintetsu Buffaloes 130 68 54 8 0.554 0.0 791 694 0.290 4.96 Yukio Nishimoto
Lotte Orions 130 64 51 15 0.550 0.5 639 588 0.280 4.15 Kazuhiro Yamauchi
Nippon Ham Fighters 130 66 53 11 0.550 0.5 593 513 0.264 3.61 Keiji Osawa
Seibu Lions 130 62 64 4 0.492 8.0 651 634 0.267 4.43 Rikuo Nemoto
Hankyu Braves 130 58 67 5 0.465 11.5 647 731 0.262 5.08 Takao Kajimoto
Nankai Hawks 130 48 77 5 0.388 21.5 623 784 0.274 5.63 Yoshinori Hirose

[edit] Leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
Batting Average Kenichi Yazawa Chunichi Dragons .369 Leron Lee Lotte Orions .358
Runs Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp 91 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 112
Hits Yoshihiko Takahashi Hiroshima Toyo Carp 169 Leron Lee Lotte Orions 175
Doubles Tsutomu Wakamatsu Yakult Swallows 36 Yutaka Fukumoto
Yuji Kobodera
Hankyu Braves
Nankai Hawks
29
Triples Yoshihiko Takahashi Hiroshima Toyo Carp 11 Makoto Shimada Nippon Ham Fighters 7
Home Runs Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp 44 Charlie Manuel Kintetsu Buffaloes 48
Runs Batted In Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp 112 Charlie Manuel Kintetsu Buffaloes 129
Stolen Bases Yoshihiko Takahashi Hiroshima Toyo Carp 38 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 54
Walks Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp 89 Yutaka Fukumoto
Hiroyuki Yamazaki
Hankyu Braves
Seibu Lions
78

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Hiroshi Matsuoka Yakult Swallows 2.35 Isamu Kida Nippon Ham Fighters 2.28
Wins Suguru Egawa Yomiuri Giants 16 Isamu Kida Nippon Ham Fighters 22
Losses Akio Saito Yokohama Taiyo Whales 17 Shinichi Yamauchi Nankai Hawks 16
Saves Yutaka Enatsu Hiroshima Toyo Carp 21 Akira Kuramochi Lotte Orions 18
Save Points Yutaka Enatsu Hiroshima Toyo Carp 30 Motoyasu Kaneshiro Nankai Hawks 19
Innings Pitched Shigeru Kobayashi Hanshin Tigers 280.1 Isamu Kida Nippon Ham Fighters 253.0
Appearances Mitsuo Sumi
Yutaka Ikeuchi
Hiroaki Mizutani
Yomiuri Giants
Hanshin Tigers
Chunichi Dragons
56 Tamotsu Nagai Seibu Lions 56
Hits Allowed Akio Saito Yokohama Taiyo Whales 245 Osamu Higashio Seibu Lions 258
Home Runs Allowed Shigeru Kobayashi Hanshin Tigers 36 Takashi Imoto Kintetsu Buffaloes 42
Strikeouts Suguru Egawa Yomiuri Giants 219 Isamu Kida Lotte Orions 225
Base-on-Balls Akio Saito Yokohama Taiyo Whales 72 Hideyuki Okue Lotte Orions 102

[edit] All-Star Game

The NPB All-Star Game featured three games and was won by the Central League two games to one. The first game was played at Nishinomiya Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 7 - 6. The second game was played at Kawasaki Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 3 - 1. The third game was played at Korakuen Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 2 - 1.

[edit] Postseason

The standings for each half of the Pacific League's season were:

First Half Place Second Half
Team G W L T WPCT GB Team G W L T WPCT GB
Lotte Orions 65 33 25 7 0.569 0.0 1 Kintetsu Buffaloes 65 35 26 4 0.574 0.0
Kintetsu Buffaloes 65 33 28 4 0.541 1.5 2 Nippon Ham Fighters 65 33 25 7 0.569 0.5
Nippon Ham Fighters 65 33 28 4 0.541 1.5 3 Lotte Orions 65 31 26 8 0.544 2.0
Hankyu Braves 65 29 34 2 0.460 6.5 4 Seibu Lions 65 35 30 0 0.538 2.0
Nankai Hawks 65 28 34 3 0.452 7.0 5 Hankyu Braves 65 29 33 3 0.468 6.5
Seibu Lions 65 27 34 4 0.443 7.5 6 Nankai Hawks 65 20 43 2 0.317 16.0

In the playoffs, the Kintetsu Buffaloes, winners of the second-half, defeated the first-half winners, the Lotte Orions, 3 games to 0.

In the Nippon Series, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp (CL) defeated the Kintetsu Buffaloes (PL), 4 games to 3. The winning manager was Takeshi Koba and the series MVP was Jim Lyttle.

[edit] Award Winners

There was no winner of the 1980 Sawamura Award.

Award League Player Team Position AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG W - L SV IP HA HRA BB SO ERA
Most Valuable Player CL Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp OF 440 91 148 44 112 14 .336 .445 .714 Did not pitch
PL Isamu Kida Nippon Ham Fighters P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .--- .--- .--- 22 - 8 4 253.0 195 26 89 225 2.28
Rookie of the Year CL Akinobu Okada Hanshin Tigers 2B 376 44 109 18 54 4 .290 .336 .484 Did not pitch
PL Isamu Kida Nippon Ham Fighters P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .--- .--- .--- 22 - 8 4 253.0 195 26 89 225 2.28

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1980 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Suguru Egawa Yomiuri Giants P Isamu Kida Nippon Ham Fighters
Akihiko Oya Yakult Swallows C Masataka Nashida Kintetsu Buffaloes
Kenichi Yazawa Chunichi Dragons 1B Leon Lee Lotte Orions
Mitsuo Motoi Yokohama Taiyo Whales 2B Hiroyuki Yamazaki Seibu Lions
Sachio Kinugasa Hiroshima Toyo Carp 3B Michiyo Arito Lotte Orions
Yoshihiko Takahashi Hiroshima Toyo Carp SS Nobuhiro Takashiro Nippon Ham Fighters
Toru Sugiura Yakult Swallows OF Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves
Tsutomu Wakamatsu Yakult Swallows Shigeru Kurihashi Kintetsu Buffaloes
Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp Leron Lee Lotte Orions
DH Charlie Manuel Kintetsu Buffaloes

[edit] Diamond Gloves

The following players were the recipients of the Diamond Glove Award in 1980.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Takashi Nishimoto Yomiuri Giants P Isamu Kida Nippon Ham Fighters
Akihiko Oya Yakult Swallows C Masataka Nashida Kintetsu Buffaloes
Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 1B Toru Ogawa Kintetsu Buffaloes
Mitsuo Motoi Yokohama Taiyo Whales 2B Hiroyuki Yamazaki Seibu Lions
Sachio Kinugasa Hiroshima Toyo Carp 3B Koichi Hada Kintetsu Buffaloes
Daisuke Yamashita Yokohama Taiyo Whales SS Yoshio Mizukami Lotte Orions
Jim Lyttle Hanshin Tigers OF Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves
John Scott Yakult Swallows Mitsuyasu Hirano Kintetsu Buffaloes
Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp Koji Minoda Hankyu Braves

[edit] High School Baseball

The 62nd National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 3270 schools competing for 49 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Yokohama High School (Kanagawa) defeated Waseda Jitsugyo High School (East Tokyo) by a score of 6 - 4.

The 52nd National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 30 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Kochi High School (Kochi) defeated Taikyo High School (Tokyo) by a score of 1 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1980 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 15 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Meiji University defeated Komazawa University by a score of 8 - 1.

[edit] Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention

In the Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention Nippon College of Physical Education defeated Asia University.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

Season First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth
Spring Meiji Rikkio Hosei Waseda Keio Tokyo
Fall Hosei Rikkio Meiji Waseda Keio Tokyo

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

Season League First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth
Spring 1 Komazawa Chuo Asia Toyo Aoyama Gakuin Kokushikan
2 Senshu Nihon Kokugakuin Rissho Tokyo Agriculture Takushoku
Fall 1 Asia Komazawa Chuo Toyo Aoyama Gakuin Senshu
2 Kokushikan Kokugakuin Nihon Rissho Tokyo Agriculture Gakushuin

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

Season First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth
Spring Kinki Osaka Commerce Ritsumeikan Kansai Doshisha Kobe Gakuin
Fall Osaka Economics Kansai Doshisha Ritsumeikan Osaka Commerce Kinki

[edit] International Baseball

At the eleventh Haarlemse Honkbalweek in Haarlem, the Netherlands, a Japanese team, Mitsubishi Japan, placed second. At the twenty-sixth Baseball World Cup in Japan, the Japanese national baseball team won a bronze medal.

[edit] Japanese Players in Other Countries

[edit] Hall of Fame

The following people were elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame:

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