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2005 in Japanese Baseball
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|2005 in baseball|
|Cuban National League|
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 Nippon Professional Baseball
Interleague play begins in the NPB.
- Bold indicates league champion; Italics indicate Nippon Series winner
 Central League
|Hanshin Tigers||146||87||54||5||0.617||0||731||533||0.274||3.24||Akinobu Okada|
|Chunichi Dragons||146||79||66||1||0.545||10.0||680||628||0.269||4.13||Hiromitsu Ochiai|
|Yokohama BayStars||146||69||70||7||0.496||16.5||621||596||0.265||3.68||Kazuhiko Ushijima|
|Yakult Swallows||146||71||73||2||0.493||18.0||591||596||0.276||4.00||Tsutomu Wakamatsu|
|Yomiuri Giants||146||62||80||4||0.437||25.0||617||737||0.260||4.80||Tsuneo Horiuchi|
|Hiroshima Toyo Carp||146||58||84||4||0.408||29.0||615||779||0.275||4.80||Koji Yamamoto|
 Pacific League
|Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks||136||89||45||2||0.664||0||658||504||0.281||3.46||Sadaharu Oh|
|Chiba Lotte Marines||136||84||49||3||0.632||4.5||740||479||0.282||3.21||Bobby Valentine|
|Seibu Lions||136||67||69||0||0.493||23.0||604||636||0.269||4.27||Tsutomu Ito|
|Orix Buffaloes||136||62||70||4||0.470||26.0||527||587||0.260||3.84||Akira Ogi|
|Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters||136||62||71||3||0.466||26.5||605||606||0.254||3.98||Trey Hillman|
|Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles||136||38||97||1||0.281||51.5||504||812||0.255||5.67||Yasushi Tao|
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
|Statistic||Central League||Pacific League|
|Batting Average||Norichika Aoki||Yakult Swallows||.344||Kazuhiro Wada||Seibu Lions||.322|
|Runs||Tomoaki Kanemoto||Hanshin Tigers||120||Nobuhiko Matsunaka||Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks||109|
|Hits||Norichika Aoki||Yakult Swallows||202||Kazuhiro Wada||Seibu Lions||153|
|Doubles||Kosuke Fukudome||Chunichi Dragons||39||Toshiaki Imae||Chiba Lotte Marines||35|
|Triples||Norihiro Akahoshi||Hanshin Tigers||9||Tsuyoshi Nishioka||Chiba Lotte Marines||11|
|Home Runs||Takahiro Arai||Hiroshima Toyo Carp||43||Nobuhiko Matsunaka||Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks||46|
|Runs Batted In||Makoto Imaoka||Hanshin Tigers||147||Nobuhiko Matsunaka||Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks||121|
|Stolen Bases||Norihiro Akahoshi||Hanshin Tigers||60||Tsuyoshi Nishioka||Chiba Lotte Marines||41|
|Walks||Tomoaki Kanemoto||Hanshin Tigers||98||Nobuhiko Matsunaka||Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks||76|
 All-Star Game
The NPB All-Star Game featured two games and was won by the Central League two games to none. The first game was played at Invoice Seibu Dome and was won by the CL, 6 - 5. The second game was played at Koshien Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 5 - 3.
In the first stage of the playoffs at the Chiba Marine Stadium, the second place Chiba Lotte Marines defeated the third place Seibu Lions in two straight games. The Marines then defeated the first-place Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks at the Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome in five games, 3 - 2, giving them pennant.
In the Nippon Series, the Chiba Lotte Marines (PL) defeated the Chunichi Dragons (CL) in a four game sweep. The winning manager was Bobby Valentine, who became the first non-Japanese manager tolead his team to a Nippon Series title. The series MVP was Toshiaki Imae.
The Marines proceeded to the first Asia Series, to determine the champion of the four Asian leagues. The champions of Japan swept the slate winning each of their four games to be crowned the first Asian champions.
 Award Winners
|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||Tomoaki Kanemoto||Hanshin Tigers||OF||559||120||183||40||125||3||.327||.429||.615||Did not pitch|
|PL||Toshiya Sugiuchi||Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks||P||10||0||1||0||0||0||.100||.100||.100||18 - 4||0||196.2||150||14||43||218||2.11|
|Rookie of the Year||CL||Norichika Aoki||Yakult Swallows||OF||588||100||202||3||28||29||.344||.387||.417||Did not pitch|
|PL||Yasutomo Kubo||Chiba Lotte Marines||P||6||1||2||0||2||0||.333||.333||.500||10 - 3||0||121.2||120||13||26||84||3.40|
 Best Nine
The following players were part of the 2005 Best Nine teams.
 Gold Gloves
The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 2005.
 High School Baseball
The 87th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 4137 schools competing for 49 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Komadai Tomakomai (North Hokkaido) defeated Kyoto Gaidai Nishi High School (Kyoto) by a score of 5 - 3.
The 77th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 32 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Aikoudai Meiden (Aichi) defeated Kamimura Gakuen (Kagoshima) by a score of 9 - 2.
 University Baseball
 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series
The 2005 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 Tohoku Fukushi University by a score of 2 - 1 .
 Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention
 Tokyo Big6 Baseball League
 Tohto University Base Ball League
The Asia University club did not participate in the spring season and was dropped to the 2 League in the fall season.
|3||Juntendo||Taisho||Gakushuin||Sophia||Tokyo Tech||Shibaura Tech|
|3||Taisho||Gakushuin||Juntendo||Sophia||Shibaura Tech||Tokyo Tech|
 Kansai 6 University Baseball League
 International Baseball
 Japanese Players in Other Countries
- Italics indicate a Major League appearance
The United States-based Golden Baseball League featured a road team called the Japan Samurai Bears, which consisted entirely of Japanese players. The team was added to keep the league's number of teams at eight. The team left the league after the season and was reorganized as the Kyoto Fire Bears which play in the Japan Amateur Baseball Association.
- Tomoshi Aoki: Japan Samurai Bears, Golden Baseball League (2005-Ind)
- Yusuke Arakawa: Tulsa Drillers, Texas (COL-AA)
- Jung Ji Cho: Danville Braves, Appalachian (ATL-R)
- Satoru Fujii: Sparta/Feyenoord, Hoofdklasse
- Shigetoshi Hasegawa: Seattle Mariners
- Craig House: Oklahoma RedHawks, Pacific Coast (TEX-AAA)
- Daisuke Ikenaga: Japan Samurai Bears, Golden Baseball League (2005-Ind)
- Tadahito Iguchi: Chicago White Sox
- Fumimasa Ishibashi: Japan Samurai Bears, Golden Baseball League (2005-Ind)
- Kazuhisa Ishii: St. Lucie Mets, Florida State (NYM-A-Adv); Norfolk Tides, International (NYM-AAA); New York Mets
- Soichi Kamimura: Elmira Pioneers, Can-Am (2005-Ind)
- Masao Kida: Tacoma Rainiers, Pacific Coast (SEA-AAA); Seattle Mariners
- Kazuo Matsui: GCL Mets, Gulf Coast (NYM-R); New York Mets; Brooklyn Cyclones, New York-Penn (NYM-SS); Binghamton Mets, Eastern (NYM-AA)
- Hideki Matsui: New York Yankees
- Keith McDonald: Baltimore Orioles
- Jobu Morita: Elmira Pioneers, Northeast League (Ind)
- Hideki Nagasaka: Lincoln Saltdogs, Northern League (Ind); Japan Samurai Bears, Golden Baseball League (Ind)
- Shin Nakagomi: Brother Elephants, Chinese Professional Baseball League
- Norihiro Nakamura: Los Angeles Dodgers; Las Vegas 51s, Pacific Coast (LAD-AAA)
- Yuji Nerei: Japan Samurai Bears, Golden Baseball League (Ind)
- Hideo Nomo: Columbus Clippers, International (NYY-AAA); Tampa Bay Devil Rays
- Tomokazu Ohka: Washington Nationals; Milwaukee Brewers
- Akinori Otsuka: San Diego Padres
- Stephen Randolph: Chicago Cubs; New Orleans Zephyrs, Pacific Coast (WSH-AAA); Fresno Giants, Pacific Coast (SFG-AAA)
- Dave Roberts: Lake Elsinore Storm, California (SDP-A-Adv); San Diego Padres
- Toshitaka Shimada: Japan Samurai Bears, Golden Baseball (Ind)
- Ichiro Suzuki: Seattle Mariners
- Kazuhito Tadano: Buffalo Bisons, International (CLE-AAA); Cleveland Indians
- So Taguchi: St. Louis Cardinals
- Shingo Takatsu: New York Mets
- Masayoshi Tokuda: unknown (ATL)
- Denney Tomori: Portland Sea Dogs, Eastern (BOS-AA); Pawtucket Red Sox, International (BOS-AAA)
- Keisuke Ueno: Japan Samurai Bears, Golden Baseball (Ind)
- Keiichi Yabu: Oakland Athletics
- Tetsu Yofu: Birmingham Barons, Southern (CHW-AA)
- Kosuke Yonezawa: Japan Samurai Bears, Golden Baseball (Ind)
 Hall of Fame
The following people were elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame:
- Masaaki Mori, by Sportswriters Committee
- Choji Murata, by Sportswriters Committee
- Masayori Shimura, by Special Committee
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