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1999 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)
Chunichi Dragons 135 81 54 0 0.600 0.0 598 488 0.263 3.39 Senichi Hoshino
Yomiuri Giants 135 75 60 0 0.556 6.0 618 553 0.265 3.84 Shigeo Nagashima
Yokohama BayStars 135 71 64 0 0.526 10.0 711 639 0.294 4.44 Hiroshi Gondo
Yakult Swallows 135 66 69 0 0.489 15.0 584 610 0.264 4.23 Tsutomu Wakamatsu
Hiroshima Carp 135 57 78 0 0.422 24.0 586 712 0.260 4.78 Mitsuo Tatsukawa
Hanshin Tigers 135 55 80 0 0.407 26.0 490 585 0.259 4.04 Katsuya Nomura

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 135 78 54 3 0.589 0.0 563 553 0.257 3.65 Sadaharu Oh
Seibu Lions 135 75 59 1 0.559 4.0 535 513 0.258 3.58 Osamu Higashio
Orix BlueWave 135 68 65 2 0.511 10.5 620 577 0.263 3.64 Akira Ogi
Chiba Lotte Marines 135 63 70 2 0.474 15.5 515 538 0.257 3.64 Koji Yamamoto
Nippon Ham Fighters 135 60 73 2 0.452 18.5 614 625 0.260 4.34 Toshiharu Ueda
Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 135 54 77 4 0.415 23.5 573 662 0.257 4.54 Masataka Nashida

[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 Bobby Rose Yokohama BayStars .369 Ichiro Suzuki Orix BlueWave .343
Runs Koichi Ogata Hiroshima Toyo Carp 111 Tuffy Rhodes Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 94
Hits Bobby Rose Yokohama BayStars 192 Kazuo Matsui Seibu Lions 178
Doubles Bobby Rose Yokohama BayStars 34 Tuffy Rhodes Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 38
Triples Tsuyoshi Shinjo Hanshin Tigers 7 Makoto Kosaka Chiba Lotte Marines 10
Home Runs Roberto Petagine Yakult Swallows 44 Tuffy Rhodes Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 40
Runs Batted In Bobby Rose Yokohama BayStars 153 Tuffy Rhodes Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 101
Stolen Bases Takuro Ishii Yokohama BayStars 39 Kazuo Matsui Seibu Lions 32
Walks Roberto Petagine Yakult Swallows 116 Norihiro Nakamura Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 79

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Koji Uehara Yomiuri Giants 2.09 Kimiyasu Kudoh Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 2.38
Wins Koji Uehara Yomiuri Giants 20 Daisuke Matsuzaka Seibu Lions 16
Losses Keiichi Yabu Hanshin Tigers 16 Akira Okamoto Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 12
Saves Shingo Takatsu Yakult Swallows 30 Brian Warren Chiba Lotte Marines 30
Save Points Shingo Takatsu Yakult Swallows 31 Brian Warren Chiba Lotte Marines 31
Innings Pitched Shigeki Noguchi Chunichi Dragons 203.2 Tomohiro Kuroki Chiba Lotte Marines 212.2
Appearances Hitoki Iwase Chunichi Dragons 65 Soichi Fujita Chiba Lotte Marines 65
Hits Allowed Shigeki Noguchi Chunichi Dragons 202 Akira Okamoto Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 187
Home Runs Allowed Takashi Saito Yokohama BayStars 32 Hiroyuki Sekine Nippon Ham Fighters 28
Strikeouts Koji Uehara Yomiuri Giants 179 Kimiyasu Kudoh Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 196
Base-on-Balls Kazuhisa Ishii Yakult Swallows 71 Tsutomu Iwamoto Nippon Ham Fighters 93

[edit] All-Star Game

The NPB All-Star Game featured three games and was won by the Central League three games to none. The first game was played at Seibu Dome and was won by the CL, 8 - 4. The second game was played at Koshien Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 9 - 5. The third game was played at Kurashiki-Muscat Stadium and was won by the CL, 2 - 1.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks (PL) defeated the Chunichi Dragons (CL), 4 games to 1. The winning manager was Sadaharu Oh and the series MVP was Koji Akiyama.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1999 Sawamura Award was Koji Uehara of the Yomiuri Giants. He had a 20 - 4 win-loss record, 179 strikeouts, and a 2.09 ERA in 197.2 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 Shigeki Noguchi Chunichi Dragons P 65 5 9 0 5 0 .138 .186 .154 19 - 7 0 203.2 202 13 67 145 2.65
PL Kimiyasu Kudo Fukuoka Daiei Hawks P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .--- .--- .--- 11 - 7 0 196.1 143 12 34 196 2.38
Rookie of the Year CL Koji Uehara Yomiuri Giants P 73 2 6 0 1 0 .082 .118 .082 20 - 4 0 197.2 153 12 24 179 2.09
PL Daisuke Matsuzaka Seibu Lions P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .--- .--- .--- 16 - 5 0 180.0 124 14 87 151 2.60

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1999 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Koji Uehara Yomiuri Giants P Daisuke Matsuzaka Seibu Lions
Atsuya Furuta Yakult Swallows C Kenji Johjima Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
Roberto Petagine Yakult Swallows 1B Michihiro Ogasawara Nippon Ham Fighters
Bobby Rose Yokohama BayStars 2B Makoto Kaneko Nippon Ham Fighters
Leo Gomez Chunichi Dragons 3B Norihiro Nakamura Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes
Takuro Ishii Yokohama BayStars SS Kazuo Matsui Seibu Lions
Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants OF Tuffy Rhodes Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes
Koichi Sekikawa Chunichi Dragons Ichiro Suzuki Orix BlueWave
Yoshinobu Takahashi Yomiuri Giants Yoshitomo Tani Orix BlueWave
DH Phil Clark Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 1999.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Koji Uehara Yomiuri Giants P Daisuke Matsuzaka Seibu Lions
Atsuya Furuta Yakult Swallows C Kenji Johjima Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
Norihiro Komada Yokohama BayStars 1B Michihiro Ogasawara Nippon Ham Fighters
Toshihisa Nishi Yomiuri Giants 2B Makoto Kaneko Nippon Ham Fighters
Tatsuya Shindo Yokohama BayStars 3B Norihiro Nakamura Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes
Shinya Miyamoto Yakult Swallows SS Makoto Kosaka Chiba Lotte Marines
Koichi Ogata Hiroshima Carp OF Koji Akiyama Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
Tsuyoshi Shinjo Hanshin Tigers Susumu Otomo Seibu Lions
Yoshinobu Takahashi Yomiuri Giants Ichiro Suzuki Orix BlueWave

[edit] High School Baseball

The 81st National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 4096 schools competing for 49 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Kiryu Number One High School (Gumma) defeated Okayama Ridaifu High School (Okayama) by a score of 14 - 1.

The 71st National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 32 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Okinawa Shougaku High School (Okinawa) defeated Mito High School (Ibaraki) by a score of 7 - 2.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1999 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 26 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Aoyama Gakuin University defeated Waseda University by a score of 6 - 2.

[edit] Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention

In the Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention Kyushu Kyoritsu University defeated Tokai University.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

The KBO All-Stars toured Japan in the fall of 1999. The touring team went 1 - 2 - 1 against Japanese competition.

In the eighteenth World Junior Championship AAA in Taiwan, the Japanese national baseball team placed fifth. In the fourteenth Intercontinental Cup in Australia, 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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