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[edit] Nippon Professional Baseball

The Players Association stages its first strike on September 18 and 19 to protest the proposed merger of the Pacific League's Kintetsu Buffaloes and Orix BlueWave.

[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 138 79 56 3 0.583 0.0 623 558 0.274 3.86 Hiromitsu Ochiai
Yakult Swallows 138 72 64 2 0.529 7.5 618 691 0.275 4.70 Tsutomu Wakamatsu
Yomiuri Giants 138 71 64 3 0.525 8.0 738 677 0.275 4.50 Tsuneo Horiuchi
Hanshin Tigers 138 66 70 7 0.485 13.0 637 610 0.273 4.08 Akinobu Okada
Hiroshima Carp 138 60 77 1 0.438 20.0 662 716 0.276 4.75 Koji Yamamoto
Yokohama BayStars 138 59 76 3 0.438 20.0 640 666 0.279 4.47 Daisuke Yamashita

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Daiei Hawks 133 77 52 4 0.594 0.0 739 651 0.292 4.58 Sadaharu Oh
Seibu Lions 133 74 58 1 0.560 4.5 718 656 0.276 4.29 Tsutomu Ito
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 133 66 65 2 0.504 12.0 731 697 0.281 4.72 Trey Hillman
Chiba Lotte Marines 133 65 65 3 0.500 12.5 649 642 0.264 4.40 Bobby Valentine
Kintetsu Buffaloes 133 61 70 2 0.466 17.0 630 636 0.269 4.46 Masataka Nashida
Orix BlueWave 133 49 72 2 0.376 29.0 622 807 0.283 5.66 Haruki Ihara

[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 Shigenobu Shima Hiroshima Toyo Carp .337 Nobuhiko Matsunaka Fukuoka Daiei Hawks .358
Runs Toshihisa Nishi Yomiuri Giants 106 Nobuhiko Matsunaka Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 118
Hits Shigenobu Shima Hiroshima Toyo Carp 189 Nobuhiko Matsunaka
Munenori Kawasaki
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
171
Doubles Takayuki Shimizu Yomiuri Giants 39 Kazuya Fukuura Chiba Lotte Marines 42
Triples Kosuke Fukudome Chunichi Dragons 7 Munenori Kawasaki Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 8
Home Runs Tyrone Woods
Tuffy Rhodes
Yokohama BayStars
Yomiuri Giants
45 Nobuhiko Matsunaka
Fernando Seguignol
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
44
Runs Batted In Tomoaki Kanemoto Hanshin Tigers 113 Nobuhiko Matsunaka Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 120
Stolen Bases Norihiro Akahoshi Hanshin Tigers 64 Munenori Kawasaki Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 42
Walks Tomoaki Kanemoto Hanshin Tigers 79 Benny Agbayani Chiba Lotte Marines 86

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Koji Uehara Yomiuri Giants 2.60 Daisuke Matsuzaka Seibu Lions 2.90
Wins Kenshin Kawakami Chunichi Dragons 17 Hisashi Iwakuma Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 15
Losses Shinobu Fukuhara Hanshin Tigers 15 Naoyuki Shimizu Chiba Lotte Marines 11
Saves Ryota Igarashi Yakult Swallows 37 Koji Mise
Yukiya Yokoyama
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
28
Save Points Ryota Igarashi Yakult Swallows 42 Koji Mise
Yukiya Yokoyama
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
32
Innings Pitched Kei Igawa Hanshin Tigers 200.1 Nagisa Arakaki Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 192.1
Appearances Ryota Igarashi Yakult Swallows 66 Yasuhiko Yabuta Chiba Lotte Marines 66
Hits Allowed Masanori Ishikawa Yakult Swallows 200 Kevin Beirne Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 190
Home Runs Allowed Kei Igawa Hanshin Tigers 29 Dae-Sung Koo
Carlos Mirabal
Orix BlueWave
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
24
Strikeouts Kei Igawa Hanshin Tigers 228 Nagisa Arakaki Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 177
Base-on-Balls Jason Beverlin Yakult Swallows 65 Nagisa Arakaki Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 73

[edit] All-Star Game

The NPB All-Star Game featured two games and was won by the Pacific League two games to none. The first game was played at Nagoya Dome and was won by the PL, 6 - 3. The second game was played at Nagano Olympic Stadium and was won by the PL, 2 - 1.

[edit] Postseason

This was the first year of the Pacific League's tiered playoff format. The top three teams qualify for the playoffs with the second and third place teams play in a best-of-three game series at the second place team's stadium. The winner then plays in a best-of-five game series at the first place team's stadium for the league championship.

In the first stage of the playoffs at the Seibu Dome, the second place Seibu Lions defeated the third place Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 2 games to 1. The Lions continued their winning way defeating the first-place Fukuoka Daiei Hawks at the Fukuoka Dome in five games, 3 - 2, giving them the pennant.

In the Nippon Series, the Seibu Lions (PL) defeated the Chunichi Dragons (CL), 4 games to 3. The Lions had advanced through the Pacific League's playoff system playing in eight games to reach the series. The winning manager was Tsutomu Itoh and the series MVP was Takashi Ishii.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 2004 Sawamura Award was Kenshin Kawakami of the Chunichi Dragons. He had a 17 - 7 win-loss record, 176 strikeouts, and a 3.32 ERA in 192.1 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 Kenshin Kawakami Chunichi Dragons P 69 4 12 2 6 0 .174 .174 .304 17 - 7 0 192.1 173 27 38 176 3.32
PL Nobuhiko Matsunaka Daiei Hawks 1B 478 118 171 44 120 2 .358 .464 .715 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Ryo Kawashima Yakult Swallows P 49 3 10 0 3 0 .204 .220 .204 10 - 4 0 139.1 115 26 39 128 3.17
PL Koji Mise Daiei Hawks P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .--- .--- .--- 4 - 3 28 67.2 47 6 19 71 3.06

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 2004 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Kenshin Kawakami Chunichi Dragons P Hisashi Iwakuma Kintetsu Buffaloes
Atsuya Furuta Yakult Swallows C Kenji Johjima Daiei Hawks
Tyrone Woods Yokohama BayStars 1B Nobuhiko Matsunaka Daiei Hawks
Masahiro Araki
Greg LaRocca
Chunichi Dragons
Hiroshima Carp
2B Tadahito Iguchi Daiei Hawks
Kazuyoshi Tatsunami Chunichi Dragons 3B Michihiro Ogasawara Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
Hirokazu Ibata Chunichi Dragons SS Munenori Kawasaki Daiei Hawks
Tomoaki Kanemoto Hanshin Tigers OF Tsuyoshi Shinjo Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
Tuffy Rhodes Yomiuri Giants Yoshitomo Tani Orix BlueWave
Shigenobu Shima Hiroshima Carp Kazuhiro Wada Seibu Lions
DH Fernando Seguignol Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 2004.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Kenshin Kawakami Chunichi Dragons P Daisuke Matsuzaka Seibu Lions
Atsuya Furuta Yakult Swallows C Kenji Johjima Daiei Hawks
Hiroyuki Watanabe Chunichi Dragons 1B Nobuhiko Matsunaka Daiei Hawks
Masahiro Araki Chunichi Dragons 2B Tadahito Iguchi Daiei Hawks
Akinori Iwamura Yakult Swallows 3B Norihiro Nakamura Kintetsu Buffaloes
Hirokazu Ibata Chunichi Dragons SS Munenori Kawasaki Daiei Hawks
Norihiro Akahoshi Hanshin Tigers OF Arihito Muramatsu Orix BlueWave
Hidenori Kuramoto Chunichi Dragons Tsuyoshi Shinjo Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
Alex Ochoa Chunichi Dragons Yoshitomo Tani Orix BlueWave

[edit] High School Baseball

The 86th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 4146 schools competing for 49 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Komadai Tomakomai (North Hokkaido) defeated Saibi High School (Ehime) by a score of 13 - 10.

The 76th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 32 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Saibi High School (Ehime) defeated Aikoudai Meiden (Aichi) by a score of 6 - 5.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 2004 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 26 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Tohoku Fukushi University defeated Nihon University by a score of 3 - 1.

[edit] Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention

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

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

The Major League All-Stars toured Japan in the fall of 2004. The touring team went 5 - 3 - 0 against Japanese competition.

In the second World University Baseball Championship in Taiwan, the Japanese national baseball team placed second. In the twenty-first World Junior Championship AAA in Taiwan, the Japanese national baseball team won a silver medal. In the 2004 Women's Baseball World Cup in Canada, the Japanese women's national baseball team won a silver medal. At the twenty-second Haarlemse Honkbalweek in Haarlem, the Netherlands, the Japanese national baseball team placed third. At the Olympics in Athens, Greece, 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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