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1988 in Japanese Baseball
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|1988 in baseball|
|Cuban National League|
|<< 1987 1989 >>|
 Nippon Professional Baseball
- Bold indicates league champion; Italics indicate Nippon Series winner.
 Central League
|Chunichi Dragons||130||79||46||5||0.627||0.0||549||483||0.258||3.20||Senichi Hoshino|
|Yomiuri Giants||130||68||59||3||0.535||12.0||518||442||0.268||3.09||Sadaharu Oh|
|Hiroshima Toyo Carp||130||65||62||3||0.512||15.0||447||442||0.244||3.06||Junro Anan|
|Yokohama Taiyo Whales||130||59||67||4||0.469||20.5||514||542||0.273||3.93||Takeshi Koba|
|Yakult Swallows||130||58||69||3||0.458||22.0||496||534||0.246||3.79||Junzo Sekine|
|Hanshin Tigers||130||51||77||2||0.400||29.5||444||525||0.248||3.82||Minoru Murayama|
 Pacific League
|Seibu Lions||130||73||51||6||0.585||0.0||645||531||0.270||3.61||Masahiko Mori|
|Kintetsu Buffaloes||130||74||52||4||0.585||0.0||515||446||0.253||3.23||Akira Ogi|
|Nippon Ham Fighters||130||62||65||3||0.488||12.5||455||448||0.245||3.12||Shigeru Takada|
|Hankyu Braves||130||60||68||2||0.469||15.0||532||578||0.264||4.08||Toshiharu Ueda|
|Nankai Hawks||130||58||71||1||0.450||17.5||578||607||0.267||4.07||Tadashi Sugiura|
|Lotte Orions||130||54||74||2||0.423||21.0||486||601||0.262||4.38||Michiyo Arito|
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
|Statistic||Central League||Pacific League|
|Batting Average||Kozo Shoda||Hiroshima Toyo Carp||.340||Hideaki Takazawa||Lotte Orions||.327|
|Runs||Hiromitsu Ochiai||Chunichi Dragons||82||Kazuhiro Kiyohara||Seibu Lions||97|
|Hits||Warren Cromartie||Yomiuri Giants||166||Boomer Wells||Hankyu Braves||165|
|Doubles||Kiyoshi Nakahata||Yomiuri Giants||36||Takeshi Aiko||Lotte Orions||30|
|Triples||Kozo Shoda||Hiroshima Toyo Carp||7||Daijiro Oishi||Kintetsu Buffaloes||9|
|Home Runs||Carlos Ponce||Yokohama Taiyo Whales||33||Hiromitsu Kadota||Nankai Hawks||44|
|Runs Batted In||Carlos Ponce||Yokohama Taiyo Whales||102||Hiromitsu Ochiai||Lotte Orions||125|
|Stolen Bases||Kaname Yashiki||Yokohama Taiyo Whales||33||Norifumi Nishimura||Lotte Orions||55|
|Walks||Hiromitsu Ochiai||Chunichi Dragons||98||Hiromitsu Kadota||Nankai Hawks||98|
 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 PL, 3 - 1. The second game was played at Nagoya Stadium and was won by the CL, 4 - 1. The third game was played at Tokyo Dome and was won by the CL, 4 - 3.
In the Nippon Series, the Seibu Lions (PL) defeated the Chunichi Dragons (CL), 4 games to 1. It was the Lions' third consecutive title and fifth in seven years. The winning manager was Masahiko Mori and the series MVP was Hiromichi Ishige.
 Award Winners
|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||Genji Kaku||Chunichi Dragons||P||15||1||3||1||2||0||.200||.200||.400||7 - 6||37||111.0||73||9||31||94||1.95|
|PL||Hiromitsu Kadota||Nankai Hawks||OF||447||82||139||44||125||2||.311||.429||.633||Did not pitch|
|Rookie of the Year||CL||Kazuyoshi Tatsunami||Chunichi Dragons||SS||336||61||75||4||18||22||.223||.317||.310||Did not pitch|
|PL||Ryoji Moriyama||Seibu Lions||P||0||0||0||0||0||0||.---||.---||.---||10 - 9||0||169.0||166||12||41||77||3.46|
 Best Nine
The following players were part of the 1988 Best Nine teams.
 Gold Gloves
The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 1988.
 High School Baseball
The 70th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 3958 schools competing for 49 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Hiroshima High School (Hiroshima) defeated Fukuoka Number One High School (Fukuoka) by a score of 1 - 0.
The 60th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 34 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Uwajima Higashi High School (Ehime) defeated Higashikuni High School (Aichi) by a score of 6 - 1.
 University Baseball
 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series
The 1988 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 16 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Kinki University defeated Tohoku Fukushi University by a score of 3 - 1.
 Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention
 Tokyo Big6 Baseball League
 Tohto University Base Ball League
|2||Kokugakuin||Rissho, Takushoku||Kokushikan||Tokyo Agriculture||Nihon|
 Kansai 6 University Baseball League
 International Baseball
At the Olympic baseball demonstration event in Seoul, South Korea, the Japanese national baseball team placed second. At the thirtieth Baseball World Cup in Italy, the Japanese national baseball team placed fourth.
 Japanese Players in Other Countries
- Italics indicate a Major League appearance
- Masao Kida: Miami Marlins, Florida State (A-Adv)
- Katsumi Manabe: Fresno Suns, California League (A-Adv)
- Hector Miyauchi: Fresno Suns, California League (A-Adv)
- Ken Suzuki: San Jose Giants, California League (A-Adv)
- Masahiro Yamamoto: Vero Beach Dodgers, Florida State League (A-Adv)
 Hall of Fame
The following people were elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame:
- Takeo Akuta, by Special Committee
- Kaoru Betto, by Sportswriters Committee
- Masaichi Kaneda, by Sportswriters Committee
- Shigeo Nagashima, by Sportswriters Committee
- Masaichi Nagata, by Special Committee
- Yukio Nishimoto, by Sportswriters Committee
- Saburo Yokozawa, by Special Committee
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