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1996 in Japanese baseball

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[edit] Nippon Professional Baseball

[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)
Yomiuri Giants 130 77 53 0 0.592 0.0 563 478 0.253 3.47 Shigeo Nagashima
Chunichi Dragons 130 72 58 0 0.554 5.0 641 589 0.278 4.01 Senichi Hoshino
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 130 71 59 0 0.546 6.0 670 597 0.281 4.08 Toshiyuki Mimura
Yakult Swallows 130 61 69 0 0.469 16.0 536 560 0.264 4.00 Katsuya Nomura
Yokohama BayStars 130 55 75 0 0.423 22.0 571 660 0.271 4.67 Akihiko Oya
Hanshin Tigers 130 54 76 0 0.415 23.0 482 579 0.245 4.12 Taira Fujita, Takeshi Shibata

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Orix BlueWave 130 74 50 6 0.592 0.0 607 529 0.271 3.55 Akira Ogi
Nippon Ham Fighters 130 68 58 4 0.538 7.0 527 502 0.249 3.49 Toshiharu Ueda
Seibu Lions 130 62 64 4 0.492 13.0 517 521 0.258 3.58 Osamu Higashio
Kintetsu Buffaloes 130 62 67 1 0.481 14.5 555 571 0.255 4.01 Kyosuke Sasaki
Chiba Lotte Marines 130 60 67 3 0.473 15.5 456 525 0.253 3.68 Akira Ejiri
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 130 54 74 2 0.423 22.0 551 565 0.263 4.04 Sadaharu Oh

[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 Alonzo Powell Chunichi Dragons .340 Ichiro Suzuki Orix BlueWave .356
Runs Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants 97 Ichiro Suzuki Orix BlueWave 104
Hits Alonzo Powell Chunichi Dragons 176 Ichiro Suzuki Orix BlueWave 193
Doubles Alonzo Powell Chunichi Dragons 42 Kazuhiro Kiyohara Seibu Lions 30
Triples Koichi Ogata
Bobby Rose
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Yokohama BayStars
6 Arihito Muramatsu Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 9
Home Runs Takeshi Yamasaki Chunichi Dragons 39 Troy Neel Orix BlueWave 32
Runs Batted In Luis Lopez Hiroshima Toyo Carp 109 Troy Neel Orix BlueWave 111
Stolen Bases Koichi Ogata Hiroshima Toyo Carp 50 Arihito Muramatsu Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 58
Walks Tomoaki Kanemoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp 77 Rob Ducey Nippon Ham Fighters 86

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Masaki Saito Yomiuri Giants 2.36 Hideki Irabu Chiba Lotte Marines 2.40
Wins Masaki Saito
Balvino Galvez
Yomiuri Giants
Yomiuri Giants
16 Kip Gross Nippon Ham Fighters 17
Losses Keiichi Yabu
Toshiro Yufune
Hanshin Tigers
Hanshin Tigers
14 Hiroki Sakai
Kimiyasu Kudoh
Kintetsu Buffaloes
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
15
Saves Kazuhiro Sasaki Yokohama BayStars 25 Toshihide Narimoto Chiba Lotte Marines 23
Save Points Kazuhiro Sasaki Yokohama BayStars 29 Motoyuki Akahori
Toshihide Narimoto
Kintetsu Buffaloes
Chiba Lotte Marines
30
Innings Pitched Balvino Galvez Yomiuri Giants 203.2 Eric Hillman Chiba Lotte Marines 213.1
Appearances Minoru Kasai Hanshin Tigers 63 Shigeki Sano Kintetsu Buffaloes 57
Hits Allowed Keiichi Yabu Hanshin Tigers 204 Kimiyasu Kudoh Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 207
Home Runs Allowed Takashi Saito Yokohama BayStars 31 Masaru Imazeki
Hiroshi Shintani
Nippon Ham Fighters
Seibu Lions
23
Strikeouts Takashi Saito Yokohama BayStars 206 Kimiyasu Kudoh Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 178
Base-on-Balls Iori Sekiguchi Yokohama BayStars 68 Yukihiro Nishizaki Nippon Ham Fighters 89

[edit] All-Star Game

The NPB All-Star Game featured three games and was won by the Pacific League two games to one. The first game was played at Fukuoka Dome and was won by the PL, 7 - 4. The second game was played at Tokyo Dome and was won by the PL, 7 - 3. The third game was played at Toyama Prefectural Baseball Field and was won by the CL, 4 - 2.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Orix BlueWave (PL) defeated the Yomiuri Giants (CL), 4 games to 1. The winning manager was Akira Ohgi and the series MVP was Troy Neel.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1996 Sawamura Award was Masaki Saito of the Yomiuri Giants. He had a 16 - 4 win-loss record, 158 strikeouts, and a 2.36 ERA in 187.0 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 Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants OF 487 97 153 38 99 7 .314 .401 .622 Did not pitch
PL Ichiro Suzuki Orix BlueWave OF 542 104 193 16 84 35 .356 .422 .504 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Toshihisa Nishi Yomiuri Giants 3B 403 70 109 7 24 17 .270 .333 .370 Did not pitch
PL Makoto Kaneko Nippon Ham Fighters 2B 395 50 103 4 33 15 .261 .307 .337 Did not pitch

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1996 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Masaki Saito Yomiuri Giants P Eric Hillman Chiba Lotte Marines
Shuji Nishiyama Hiroshima Toyo Carp C Koichiro Yoshinaga Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
Luis Lopez Hiroshima Toyo Carp 1B Atsushi Kataoka Nippon Ham Fighters
Kazuyoshi Tatsunami Chunichi Dragons 2B Koichi Oshima Orix BlueWave
Akira Eto Hiroshima Toyo Carp 3B Norihiro Nakamura Kintetsu Buffaloes
Kenjiro Nomura Hiroshima Toyo Carp SS Yukio Tanaka Nippon Ham Fighters
Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants OF Arihito Muramatsu Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
Alonzo Powell Chunichi Dragons Ichiro Suzuki Orix BlueWave
Takeshi Yamasaki Chunichi Dragons So Taguchi Orix BlueWave
DH Troy Neel Orix BlueWave

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 1996.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Masaki Saito Yomiuri Giants P Yukihiro Nishizaki Nippon Ham Fighters
Shuji Nishiyama Hiroshima Toyo Carp C Makoto Takada Orix BlueWave
Norihiro Komada Yokohama BayStars 1B Atsushi Kataoka Nippon Ham Fighters
Kazuyoshi Tatsunami Chunichi Dragons 2B Koichi Oshima Orix BlueWave
Akira Etoh Hiroshima Toyo Carp 3B Toshifumi Baba Orix BlueWave
Masahiro Kawai Yomiuri Giants SS Yukio Tanaka Nippon Ham Fighters
Tetsuya Iida Yakult Swallows OF Koji Akiyama Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
Koichi Ogata Hiroshima Toyo Carp Ichiro Suzuki Orix BlueWave
Tsuyoshi Shinjo Hanshin Tigers So Taguchi Orix BlueWave

[edit] High School Baseball

The 78th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 4089 schools competing for 49 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Matsuyama High School (Ehime) defeated Kumamoto Kougyou (Kumamoto) by a score of 6 - 3.

The 68th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 32 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Kagoshima Jitsu High School (Kagoshima) defeated Chiben Wakayama High School (Wakayama) by a score of 6 - 3.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1996 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 25 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Aoyama Gakuin University defeated Kyushu Kyoritsu University by a score of 9 - 4.

[edit] Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention

In the Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention Meiji University defeated Tohoku Fukushi University.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

The Major League All-Stars toured Japan in the fall of 1996. The touring team went 4 - 2 - 2 against Japanese competition.

In the second AAA Asia Baseball Championship in The Philippines, the Japanese national baseball team won a bronze medal. At the eighteenth Haarlemse Honkbalweek in Haarlem, the Netherlands, the Japanese national baseball team placed fourth. At the Olympics in Atlanta, United States, the Japanese national baseball team won a silver 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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