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1998 in Japanese baseball

Contents

[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)
Yokohama BayStars 136 79 56 1 0.585 0.0 642 524 0.277 3.49 Hiroshi Gondo
Chunichi Dragons 136 75 60 1 0.555 4.0 488 458 0.248 3.14 Senichi Hoshino
Yomiuri Giants 135 73 62 0 0.541 6.0 632 551 0.267 3.74 Shigeo Nagashima
Yakult Swallows 135 66 69 0 0.489 13.0 493 548 0.253 3.69 Katsuya Nomura
Hiroshima Carp 135 60 75 0 0.444 19.0 578 613 0.265 4.01 Toshiyuki Mimura
Hanshin Tigers 135 52 83 0 0.385 27.0 450 589 0.242 3.95 Yoshio Yoshida

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Seibu Lions 135 70 61 4 0.533 0.0 586 559 0.270 3.66 Osamu Higashio
Nippon Ham Fighters 135 67 65 3 0.507 3.5 635 571 0.255 3.83 Toshiharu Ueda
Orix BlueWave 135 66 66 3 0.500 4.5 586 609 0.264 4.03 Akira Ogi
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 135 67 67 1 0.500 4.5 546 596 0.264 4.02 Sadaharu Oh
Kintetsu Buffaloes 135 66 67 2 0.496 5.0 593 629 0.267 4.28 Kyosuke Sasaki
Chiba Lotte Marines 135 61 71 3 0.463 9.5 581 563 0.271 3.70 Akihito Kondo

[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 Takanori Suzuki Yokohama BayStars .337 Ichiro Suzuki Orix BlueWave .358
Runs Takuro Ishii
Hideki Matsui
Yokohama BayStars
Yomiuri Giants
103 Kazuo Matsui Seibu Lions 92
Hits Takuro Ishii Yokohama BayStars 174 Ichiro Suzuki Orix BlueWave 181
Doubles Tomonori Maeda Hiroshima Toyo Carp 36 Phil Clark Kintetsu Buffaloes 48
Triples Mitsuru Manaka Yakult Swallows 8 Makoto Kosaka Chiba Lotte Marines 8
Home Runs Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants 34 Nigel Wilson Nippon Ham Fighters 33
Runs Batted In Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants 100 Nigel Wilson Nippon Ham Fighters 124
Stolen Bases Takuro Ishii Yokohama BayStars 39 Kazuo Matsui
Makoto Kosaka
Seibu Lions
Chiba Lotte Marines
43
Walks Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants 104 Atsushi Kataoka Nippon Ham Fighters 113

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Shigeki Noguchi Chunichi Dragons 2.34 Satoru Kanemura Nippon Ham Fighters 2.73
Wins Kenjiro Kawasaki Yakult Swallows 17 Kazuhiro Takeda
Fumiya Nishiguchi
Tomohiro Kuroki
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
Seibu Lions
Chiba Lotte Marines
13
Losses Shin Nakagomi Hanshin Tigers 13 Hiroshi Takamura Kintetsu Buffaloes 14
Saves Kazuhiro Sasaki Yokohama BayStars 45 Akinori Otsuka Kintetsu Buffaloes 35
Save Points Kazuhiro Sasaki Yokohama BayStars 46 Akinori Otsuka Kintetsu Buffaloes 38
Innings Pitched Nate Minchey Hiroshima Toyo Carp 236.0 Satoru Komiyama Chiba Lotte Marines 201.2
Appearances Tatsuhiro Yuminaga Hanshin Tigers 57 Takehiro Hashimoto
Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi
Seibu Lions
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
66
Hits Allowed Nate Minchey Hiroshima Toyo Carp 241 Satoru Komiyama Chiba Lotte Marines 224
Home Runs Allowed Takeo Kawamura Yokohama BayStars 23 Tsutomu Iwamoto Nippon Ham Fighters 26
Strikeouts Kazuhisa Ishii Yakult Swallows 241 Fumiya Nishiguchi Seibu Lions 148
Base-on-Balls Kazuhisa Ishii Yakult Swallows 105 Tomohiro Kuroki Chiba Lotte Marines 89

[edit] All-Star Game

The NPB All-Star Game featured two games and was won by the Central League one game to none, with one tie. The first game was played at Nagoya Dome and was won by the CL, 4 - 1. The second game was played at Chiba Marine Stadium and was a tie, 3 - 3.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Yokohama BayStars (CL) defeated the Seibu Lions (PL), 4 games to 2. The winning manager was Hiroshi Gondo and the series MVP was Takanori Suzuki.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1998 Sawamura Award was Kenjiro Kawasaki of the Yakult Swallows. He had a 17 - 10 win-loss record, 94 strikeouts, and a 3.04 ERA in 204.1 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 Kazuhiro Sasaki Yokohama BayStars P 9 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 1 - 1 45 56.0 32 1 13 78 0.64
PL Kazuo Matsui Seibu Lions SS 575 92 179 9 58 43 .311 .370 .442 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Kenshin Kawakami Chunichi Dragons P 59 3 6 1 6 0 .102 .115 .203 14 - 6 0 161.1 123 14 51 124 2.57
PL Tatsuya Ozeki Seibu Lions OF 322 44 91 3 24 15 .283 .358 .370 Did not pitch

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1998 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Kazuhiro Sasaki Yokohama BayStars P Fumiya Nishiguchi Seibu Lions
Motonobu Tanishige Yokohama BayStars C Tsutomu Ito Seibu Lions
Norihiro Komada Yokohama BayStars 1B Phil Clark Kintetsu Buffaloes
Bobby Rose Yokohama BayStars 2B Julio Franco Chiba Lotte Marines
Akira Eto Hiroshima Toyo Carp 3B Atsushi Kataoka Nippon Ham Fighters
Takuro Ishii Yokohama BayStars SS Kazuo Matsui Seibu Lions
Tomonori Maeda Hiroshima Carp OF Naoyuki Omura Kintetsu Buffaloes
Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants Hiroshi Shibahara Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
Takanori Suzuki Yokohama BayStars Ichiro Suzuki Orix BlueWave
DH Nigel Wilson Nippon Ham Fighters

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 1998.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Masumi Kuwata Yomiuri Giants P Fumiya Nishiguchi Seibu Lions
Motonobu Tanishige Yokohama BayStars C Tsutomu Ito Seibu Lions
Norihiro Komada Yokohama BayStars 1B Taisei Takagi Seibu Lions
Bobby Rose Yokohama BayStars 2B Makoto Kaneko Nippon Ham Fighters
Tatsuya Shindo Yokohama BayStars 3B Atsushi Kataoka Nippon Ham Fighters
Takuro Ishii Yokohama BayStars SS Kazuo Matsui Seibu Lions
Koichi Ogata Hiroshima Carp OF Naoyuki Omura Kintetsu Buffaloes
Tsuyoshi Shinjo Hanshin Tigers Susumu Otomo Seibu Lions
Yoshinobu Takahashi Yomiuri Giants Ichiro Suzuki Orix BlueWave

[edit] High School Baseball

The 80th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 4102 schools competing for 55 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Yokohama High School (East Kanagawa) defeated Kyoto Seishou High School (Kyoto) by a score of 3 - 0, with Daisuke Matsuzaka throwing a no-hitter.

The 70th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 36 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Yokohama High School (Kanagawa) defeated Kandai Ichi High School (Osaka) by a score of 3 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1998 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 25 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Kinki University defeated Tokai University by a score of 4 - 3.

[edit] Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention

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

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

The Major League All-Stars toured Japan in the fall of 1998. The touring team went 6 - 2 - 0 against Japanese competition.

At the thirty-third Baseball World Cup in Italy, the Japanese national baseball team placed fifth. In the third AAA Asia Baseball Championship in Japan, the Japanese national baseball team won a gold medal. At the nineteenth Haarlemse Honkbalweek in Haarlem, the Netherlands, the Japanese national baseball team placed sixth.

[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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