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2000 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 135 78 57 0 0.578 0.0 689 497 0.263 3.34 Shigeo Nagashima
Chunichi Dragons 135 70 65 0 0.519 8.0 544 617 0.266 4.19 Senichi Hoshino
Yokohama BayStars 136 69 66 1 0.511 9.0 576 559 0.277 3.92 Hiroshi Gondo
Yakult Swallows 136 66 69 1 0.489 12.0 581 515 0.264 3.62 Tsutomu Wakamatsu
Hiroshima Carp 136 65 70 1 0.482 13.0 591 675 0.256 4.48 Mitsuo Tatsukawa
Hanshin Tigers 136 57 78 1 0.423 21.0 473 591 0.244 3.90 Katsuya Nomura

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 135 73 60 2 0.548 0.0 630 584 0.268 4.03 Sadaharu Oh
Seibu Lions 135 69 61 5 0.530 2.5 614 572 0.255 3.68 Osamu Higashio
Nippon Ham Fighters 135 69 65 1 0.515 4.5 771 664 0.278 4.70 Yasunori Oshima
Orix BlueWave 135 64 67 4 0.489 8.0 638 672 0.260 4.64 Akira Ogi
Chiba Lotte Marines 135 62 67 6 0.481 9.0 622 708 0.260 4.73 Koji Yamamoto
Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 135 58 75 2 0.437 15.0 612 687 0.262 4.66 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 Tatsuhiko Kinjo Yokohama BayStars .346 Ichiro Suzuki Orix BlueWave .387
Runs Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants 116 Michihiro Ogasawara Nippon Ham Fighters 126
Hits Bobby Rose Yokohama BayStars 168 Michihiro Ogasawara Nippon Ham Fighters 182
Doubles Takuya Kimura Hiroshima Toyo Carp 34 Kazuo Matsui Seibu Lions 40
Triples Akinori Iwamura Yakult Swallows 9 Kazuo Matsui
Toshihiro Noguchi
Seibu Lions
Nippon Ham Fighters
11
Home Runs Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants 42 Norihiro Nakamura Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 39
Runs Batted In Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants 108 Norihiro Nakamura Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 110
Stolen Bases Takuro Ishii Yokohama BayStars 35 Makoto Kosaka Chiba Lotte Marines 33
Walks Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants 106 Atsushi Kataoka Nippon Ham Fighters 101

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Kazuhisa Ishii Yakult Swallows 2.61 Nobuyuki Ebisu Orix BlueWave 3.27
Wins Melvin Bunch Chunichi Dragons 14 Daisuke Matsuzaka Seibu Lions 14
Losses Takeo Kawamura Yokohama BayStars 12 Katsuhiko Maekawa Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 13
Saves Eddie Gaillard Chunichi Dragons 35 Rodney Pedraza Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 35
Save Points Eddie Gaillard Chunichi Dragons 36 Rodney Pedraza Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 38
Innings Pitched Melvin Bunch Chunichi Dragons 184.0 Katsuhiko Maekawa Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 173.0
Appearances Atsunori Itoh Hanshin Tigers 71 Soichi Fujita Chiba Lotte Marines 70
Hits Allowed Nate Minchey Hiroshima Toyo Carp 203 Tomohiro Kuroki Chiba Lotte Marines 181
Home Runs Allowed Satoru Komiyama Yokohama BayStars 24 Tomohiro Nagai Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 23
Strikeouts Kazuhisa Ishii Yakult Swallows 210 Daisuke Matsuzaka Seibu Lions 144
Base-on-Balls Melvin Bunch Chunichi Dragons 77 Katsuhiko Maekawa Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 96

[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 Tokyo Dome and was won by the CL, 5 - 4. The second game was played at Green Stadium Kobe and was won by the CL, 12 - 4. The third game was played at Nagasaki Municipal Baseball Field and was won by the CL, 9 - 3.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Yomiuri Giants (CL) defeated the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks (PL), 4 games to 2. The winning manager was Shigeo Nagashima and the series MVP was Hideki Matsui.

[edit] Award Winners

There was no winner of the 2000 Sawamura Award.

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 474 116 150 42 108 5 .316 .438 .654 Did not pitch
PL Nobuhiko Matsunaka Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 1B 471 76 147 33 106 0 .312 .387 .582 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Tatsuhiko Kinjo Yokohama BayStars 3B 419 60 145 3 36 8 .346 .402 .425 Did not pitch
PL Not Awarded Not Available

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 2000 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Kimiyasu Kudo Yomiuri Giants P Daisuke Matsuzaka Seibu Lions
Atsuya Furuta Yakult Swallows C Kenji Johjima Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
Roberto Petagine Yakult Swallows 1B Nobuhiko Matsunaka Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
Bobby Rose Yokohama BayStars 2B Koichi Oshima Orix BlueWave
Akira Eto Yomiuri Giants 3B Norihiro Nakamura Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes
Takuro Ishii Yokohama BayStars SS Kazuo Matsui Seibu Lions
Tomoaki Kanemoto Hiroshima Carp OF Sherman Obando Nippon Ham Fighters
Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants Hiroshi Shibahara Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
Tsuyoshi Shinjo Hanshin Tigers 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 2000.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Kimiyasu Kudo 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
Toshihisa Nishi Yomiuri Giants 2B Koichi Oshima Orix BlueWave
Tatsuya Shindo Yokohama BayStars 3B Norihiro Nakamura Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes
Shinya Miyamoto Yakult Swallows SS Makoto Kosaka Chiba Lotte Marines
Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants OF Hiroshi Shibahara Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
Tsuyoshi Shinjo Hanshin Tigers Ichiro Suzuki Orix BlueWave
Yoshinobu Takahashi Yomiuri Giants So Taguchi Orix BlueWave

[edit] High School Baseball

The 82nd National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 4119 schools competing for 49 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Chiben Wakayama High School (Wakayama) defeated Tokaidai Urayasu High School (Chiba) by a score of 11 - 6.

The 72nd National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 32 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Tokai Dai Sagami High School (Kanagawa) defeated Chiben Wakayama High School (Wakayama) by a score of 4 - 2.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 2000 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 26 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Asia University defeated Tohoku Fukushi University by a score of 5 - 4.

[edit] Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention

In the Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention Keio University defeated Tokai University.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

Season League First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth
Fall 1 Asia Aoyama Gakuin, Nihon Chuo Komazawa Toyo
2 Rissho Tokyo Agriculture Kokushikan Kokugakuin Senshu Juntendo
Fall 1 Toyo Komazawa Aoyama Gakuin Nihon Asia Chuo
2 Tokyo Agriculture Kokushikan Kokugakuin Rissho Senshu Takushoku
3 Juntendo Taisho Seikei Gakushuin Hitotsubashi Shibaura Tech
4 Sophia Musashi Tech Tokyo Tech

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

The Major League All-Stars toured Japan in the fall of 2000. The touring team went 5 - 2 - 1 against Japanese competition.

At the Olympics in Sydney, Australia, the Japanese national baseball team placed fourth. At the twentieth Haarlemse Honkbalweek in Haarlem, the Netherlands, the Japanese national baseball team placed fourth.

[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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