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2002 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 140 86 52 2 0.621 0.0 691 485 0.272 3.04 Tatsunori Hara
Yakult Swallows 140 74 62 4 0.543 11.0 554 528 0.263 3.39 Tsutomu Wakamatsu
Chunichi Dragons 140 69 66 5 0.511 15.5 546 502 0.257 3.19 Hisashi Yamada
Hanshin Tigers 140 66 70 4 0.486 19.0 527 524 0.253 3.41 Senichi Hoshino
Hiroshima Carp 140 64 72 4 0.471 21.0 543 674 0.259 4.36 Koji Yamamoto
Yokohama BayStars 140 49 86 5 0.368 35.5 472 620 0.240 4.09 Masahiko Mori

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Seibu Lions 140 90 49 1 0.646 0.0 672 492 0.278 3.20 Haruki Ihara
Kintetsu Buffaloes 140 73 65 2 0.529 16.5 598 592 0.258 3.93 Masataka Nashida
Daiei Hawks 140 73 65 2 0.529 16.5 630 578 0.267 3.86 Sadaharu Oh
Chiba Lotte Marines 140 67 72 1 0.482 23.0 500 565 0.247 3.72 Koji Yamamoto
Nippon Ham Fighters 140 61 76 3 0.446 28.0 506 570 0.247 3.86 Yasunori Oshima
Orix BlueWave 140 50 87 3 0.368 39.0 438 547 0.235 3.58 Hiromichi Ishige

[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 Kosuke Fukudome Chunichi Dragons .343 Michihiro Ogasawara Nippon Ham Fighters .340
Runs Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants 112 Kazuo Matsui Seibu Lions 119
Hits Takayuki Shimizu Yomiuri Giants 191 Kazuo Matsui Seibu Lions 193
Doubles Kosuke Fukudome Chunichi Dragons 42 Kazuo Matsui Seibu Lions 46
Triples Takayuki Shimizu Yomiuri Giants 5 Kazuo Matsui Seibu Lions 6
Home Runs Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants 50 Alex Cabrera Seibu Lions 55
Runs Batted In Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants 107 Tuffy Rhodes Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 117
Stolen Bases Norihiro Akahoshi Hanshin Tigers 26 Yoshitomo Tani Orix BlueWave 41
Walks Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants 114 Alex Cabrera Seibu Lions 100

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Masumi Kuwata Yomiuri Giants 2.22 Masahiko Kaneda Orix BlueWave 2.50
Wins Koji Uehara
Kevin Hodges
Yomiuri Giants
Yakult Swallows
17 Jeremy Powell Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 17
Losses Ken Takahashi Hiroshima Toyo Carp 14 Kosuke Kato
Hidetaka Kawagoe
Chiba Lotte Marines
Orix BlueWave
15
Saves Eddie Gaillard Chunichi Dragons 34 Kiyoshi Toyoda Seibu Lions 38
Save Points Eddie Gaillard Chunichi Dragons 35 Kiyoshi Toyoda Seibu Lions 44
Innings Pitched Kei Igawa Hanshin Tigers 209.2 Nate Minchey Chiba Lotte Marines 230.1
Appearances Hirotoshi Ishii Yakult Swallows 69 Shinji Mori Seibu Lions 71
Hits Allowed Masayuki Hasegawa Hiroshima Toyo Carp 212 Nate Minchey Chiba Lotte Marines 222
Home Runs Allowed Shugo Fujii
Yuji Yoshimi
Yakult Swallows
Yokohama BayStars
25 Naoyuki Shimizu Chiba Lotte Marines 28
Strikeouts Kei Igawa Hanshin Tigers 206 Jeremy Powell Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 182
Base-on-Balls Kevin Hodges Yakult Swallows 67 Chris Seelbach Nippon Ham Fighters 66

[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 CL, 4 - 1. The second game was played at Matsuyama Central Park Baseball Field and was won by the PL, 4 - 2.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Yomiuri Giants (CL) defeated the Seibu Lions (PL), 4 games to 0. The winning manager was Tatsunori Hara and the series MVP was Tomohiro Nioka.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 2002 Sawamura Award was Koji Uehara of the Yomiuri Giants. He had a 17 - 5 win-loss record, 182 strikeouts, and a 2.60 ERA in 204.0 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 500 112 167 50 107 3 .334 .461 .692 Did not pitch
PL Alex Cabrera Seibu Lions 1B 447 105 150 55 115 4 .336 .467 .756 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Masanori Ishikawa Yakult Swallows P 55 2 9 0 2 0 .164 .164 .164 12 - 9 0 178.1 183 20 29 104 3.33
PL Itsuki Shoda Nippon Ham Fighters P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .--- .--- .--- 9 11 0 156.2 145 12 37 90 3.45

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 2002 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Koji Uehara Yomiuri Giants P Jeremy Powell Kintetsu Buffaloes
Shinnosuke Abe Yomiuri Giants C Tsutomu Ito Seibu Lions
Roberto Petagine Yakult Swallows 1B Alex Cabrera Seibu Lions
Makoto Imaoka Hanshin Tigers 2B Hiroyuki Takagi Seibu Lions
Akinori Iwamura Yakult Swallows 3B Norihiro Nakamura Kintetsu Buffaloes
Hirokazu Ibata Chunichi Dragons SS Kazuo Matsui Seibu Lions
Kosuke Fukudome Chunichi Dragons OF Tatsuya Ozeki Seibu Lions
Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants Tuffy Rhodes Kintetsu Buffaloes
Takayuki Shimizu Yomiuri Giants Yoshitomo Tani Orix BlueWave
DH Kazuhiro Wada Seibu Lions

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 2002.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Masumi Kuwata Yomiuri Giants P Fumiya Nishiguchi Seibu Lions
Shinnosuke Abe Yomiuri Giants C Kenji Johjima Daiei Hawks
Roberto Petagine Yakult Swallows 1B Michihiro Ogasawara Nippon Ham Fighters
Toshihisa Nishi Yomiuri Giants 2B Hiroyuki Takagi Seibu Lions
Akinori Iwamura Yakult Swallows 3B Norihiro Nakamura Kintetsu Buffaloes
Shinya Miyamoto Yakult Swallows SS Kazuo Matsui Seibu Lions
Kosuke Fukudome Chunichi Dragons OF Tatsuya Ide Nippon Ham Fighters
Hideki Matsui Yomiuri Giants Tatsuya Ozeki Seibu Lions
Yoshinobu Takahashi Yomiuri Giants Yoshitomo Tani Orix BlueWave

[edit] High School Baseball

The 84th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 4163 schools competing for 49 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Meitoku Gijuku High School (Kochi) defeated Chiben Wakayama High School (Wakayama) by a score of 7 - 2.

The 74th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 32 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Houtoku Gakuen High School (Hyogo) defeated Naruto Kogyo High School (Tokushima) by a score of 8 - 2.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 2002 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 26 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Asia University defeated Waseda University by a score of 2 - 1.

[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 Waseda Rikkio Hosei Meiji Keio Tokyo
Fall Waseda Meiji Rikkio Hosei Keio Tokyo

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

The Major League All-Stars toured Japan in the fall of 2002. The touring team went 4 - 4 - 0 against Japanese competition.

In the first World University Baseball Championship in Italy, the Japanese national baseball team won a bronze medal. At the twenty-first Haarlemse Honkbalweek in Haarlem, the Netherlands, the Japanese national baseball team placed fifth. In the fifteenth Intercontinental Cup in Cuba, the Japanese national baseball team placed fifth.

[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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