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[edit] Nippon Professional Baseball

Free agency is introduced into the NPB.

[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)
Yakult Swallows 132 80 50 2 0.614 0.0 622 475 0.263 3.20 Katsuya Nomura
Chunichi Dragons 132 73 57 2 0.561 7.0 538 453 0.257 3.12 Morimichi Takagi
Yomiuri Giants 131 64 66 1 0.492 16.0 446 465 0.238 3.22 Shigeo Nagashima
Hanshin Tigers 132 63 67 2 0.485 17.0 478 542 0.253 3.88 Katsuhiro Nakamura
Yokohama BayStars 130 57 73 0 0.438 23.0 477 544 0.249 3.83 Akihito Kondo
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 131 53 77 1 0.408 27.0 530 612 0.253 4.29 Koji Yamamoto

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Seibu Lions 130 74 53 3 0.581 0.0 512 421 0.260 2.96 Masahiko Mori
Nippon Ham Fighters 130 71 52 7 0.573 1.0 558 478 0.259 3.37 Keiji Osawa
Orix BlueWave 130 70 56 4 0.554 3.5 516 471 0.253 3.24 Shozo Doi
Kintetsu Buffaloes 130 66 59 5 0.527 7.0 562 520 0.258 3.62 Keishi Suzuki
Chiba Lotte Marines 130 51 77 2 0.400 23.5 487 583 0.251 4.08 Soroku Yagisawa
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 130 45 80 5 0.365 28.0 434 596 0.246 4.22 Rikuo Nemoto

[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 Tom O'Malley Hanshin Tigers .329 Hatsuhiko Tsuji Seibu Lions .319
Runs Atsuya Furuta Yakult Swallows 90 Ralph Bryant Kintetsu Buffaloes 83
Hits Atsuya Furuta
Yutaka Wada
Yakult Swallows
Hanshin Tigers
161 Hiroo Ishii Kintetsu Buffaloes 147
Doubles Bobby Rose
Tomonori Maeda
Yokohama BayStars
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
33 Yukio Tanaka Nippon Ham Fighters 32
Triples Takuro Ishii Yokohama BayStars 5 Chihiro Yamana Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 9
Home Runs Akira Etoh Hiroshima Toyo Carp 34 Ralph Bryant Kintetsu Buffaloes 42
Runs Batted In Katsumi Hirosawa
Bobby Rose
Yakult Swallows
Yokohama BayStars
94 Ralph Bryant Kintetsu Buffaloes 107
Stolen Bases Tetsuya Iida Yakult Swallows 37 Daijiro Oishi Kintetsu Buffaloes 31
Walks Hiromitsu Ochiai Chunichi Dragons 96 Matt Winters Nippon Ham Fighters 90

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Masahiro Yamamoto Chunichi Dragons 2.05 Kimiyasu Kudoh Seibu Lions 2.06
Wins Shinji Imanaka
Masahiro Yamamoto
Hiroki Nomura
Chunichi Dragons
Chunichi Dragons
Yokohama BayStars
17 Hideo Nomo
Koji Noda
Kintetsu Buffaloes
Orix BlueWave
17
Losses Shinji Sasaoka Hiroshima Toyo Carp 17 Kazumi Sonokawa Chiba Lotte Marines 15
Saves Hiroshi Ishige Yomiuri Giants 30 Motoyuki Akahori Kintetsu Buffaloes 26
Save Points Hiroshi Ishige Yomiuri Giants 36 Motoyuki Akahori Kintetsu Buffaloes 32
Innings Pitched Shinji Imanaka Chunichi Dragons 249.0 Hideo Nomo Kintetsu Buffaloes 243.1
Appearances Yoshihisa Kondo Hiroshima Toyo Carp 60 Kento Sugiyama Seibu Lions 54
Hits Allowed Shinji Sasaoka Hiroshima Toyo Carp 206 Hideo Nomo Kintetsu Buffaloes 201
Home Runs Allowed Hiroshi Nagatomi Hiroshima Toyo Carp 22 Takehiro Ishii Seibu Lions 25
Strikeouts Shinji Imanaka Chunichi Dragons 247 Hideo Nomo Kintetsu Buffaloes 276
Base-on-Balls Kazuhisa Kawaguchi Hiroshima Toyo Carp 74 Hideo Nomo Kintetsu Buffaloes 148

[edit] All-Star Game

The NPB All-Star Game featured two games and was a tie one games to one. The first game was played at Tokyo Dome and was won by the PL, 10 - 8. The second game was played at Green Stadium Kobe and was won by the CL, 10 - 8.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Yakult Swallows (CL) defeated the Seibu Lions (PL), 4 games to 3. The winning manager was Katsuya Nomura and the series MVP was Kenjiro Kawasaki.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1993 Sawamura Award was Shinji Imanaka of the Chunichi Dragons. He had a 17 - 7 win-loss record, 247 strikeouts, and a 2.20 ERA in 249.0 innings.

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 Atsuya Furuta Yakult Swallows C 522 90 161 17 75 11 .308 .381 .462 Did not pitch
PL Kimiyasu Kudo Seibu Lions P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .--- .--- .--- 15 - 3 0 170.0 129 10 65 130 2.06
Rookie of the Year CL Tomohito Ito Yakult Swallows P 38 1 7 0 3 0 .184 .184 .184 7 - 2 0 109.0 70 3 35 126 0.91
PL Kento Sugiyama Seibu Lions P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .--- .--- .--- 7 - 2 5 74.0 68 6 29 82 2.80

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1993 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Shinji Imanaka Chunichi Dragons P Kimiyasu Kudo Seibu Lions
Atsuya Furuta Yakult Swallows C Fujio Tamura Nippon Ham Fighters
Katsumi Hirosawa Yakult Swallows 1B Hiroo Ishii Kintetsu Buffaloes
Bobby Rose Yokohama BayStars 2B Hatsuhiko Tsuji Seibu Lions
Akira Etoh Hiroshima Toyo Carp 3B Hiromichi Ishige Seibu Lions
Takahiro Ikeyama Yakult Swallows SS Tetsuro Hirose Nippon Ham Fighters
Tomonori Maeda Hiroshima Toyo Carp OF Koji Akiyama Seibu Lions
Alonzo Powell Chunichi Dragons Yasuo Fujii Orix BlueWave
Tsuyoshi Shinjo Hanshin Tigers Makoto Sasaki Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
DH Ralph Bryant Kintetsu Buffaloes

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 1993.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Shinji Imanaka
Masumi Kuwata
Chunichi Dragons
Yomiuri Giants
P Koji Noda Orix BlueWave
Atsuya Furuta Yakult Swallows C Fujio Tamura Nippon Ham Fighters
Norihiro Komada Yomiuri Giants 1B Yutaka Wada Hanshin Tigers
Yutaka Wada Hanshin Tigers 2B Hatsuhiko Tsuji Seibu Lions
Takuro Ishii Yokohama BayStars 3B Hiromichi Ishige Seibu Lions
Masahiro Kawai Yomiuri Giants SS Tetsuro Hirose Nippon Ham Fighters
Tetsuya Iida Yakult Swallows OF Koji Akiyama Seibu Lions
Tomonori Maeda Hiroshima Toyo Carp Ken Hirano Seibu Lions
Tsuyoshi Shinjo Hanshin Tigers Makoto Shimada Nippon Ham Fighters

[edit] High School Baseball

The 75th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 4071 schools competing for 49 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Ikuei High School (Hyogo) defeated Kasugabe Kyoei High School (Saitama) by a score of 3 - 2.

The 65th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 34 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Uenomiya High School (Osaka) defeated Omiya Higashi High School (Saitama) by a score of 3 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1993 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 24 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Aoyama Gakuin University defeated Kanto Gakuin University by a score of 3 - 1.

[edit] Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention

In the Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention Komazawa University defeated Waseda University.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

Season First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth
Spring Kwansei Gakuin Kansai Kinki Ritsumeikan Doshisha Kyoto
Fall Doshisha Kinki Kwansei Gakuin Ritsumeikan Kansai Kyoto

[edit] International Baseball

The Los Angeles Dodgers toured Japan in the fall of 1993. The touring team went 0 - 2 - 0 against Japanese competition.

In the eleventh Intercontinental Cup in Italy, the Japanese national baseball team won a bronze medal.

[edit] Japanese Players in Other Countries

Italics indicate a Major League appearance

[edit] Hall of Fame

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

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