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2005 in Japanese baseball

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[edit] Nippon Professional Baseball

Interleague play begins in the NPB.

[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)
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

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
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

[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 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

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Daisuke Miura Yokohama BayStars 2.52 Toshiya Sugiuchi Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 2.11
Wins Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi
Hiroki Kuroda
Hanshin Tigers
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
15 Toshiya Sugiuchi Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 18
Losses Shinobu Fukuhara Hanshin Tigers 14 Hisashi Iwakuma Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 15
Saves Hitoki Iwase Chunichi Dragons 46 Masahide Kobayashi Chiba Lotte Marines 29
Save Points Hitoki Iwase Chunichi Dragons 47 Masahide Kobayashi Chiba Lotte Marines 31
Innings Pitched Daisuke Miura Yokohama BayStars 214.2 Daisuke Matsuzaka Seibu Lions 215.0
Appearances Kyuji Fujikawa Hanshin Tigers 80 Tsuyoshi Kikuchihara Orix Buffaloes 71
Hits Allowed Kei Igawa Hanshin Tigers 199 Hisashi Iwakuma Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 218
Home Runs Allowed Yoshihiro Doi Yokohama BayStars 30 Naoyuki Shimizu Chiba Lotte Marines 27
Strikeouts Daisuke Miura
Ken Kadokura
Yokohama BayStars
Yokohama BayStars
177 Daisuke Matsuzaka Seibu Lions 226
Base-on-Balls Kan Otake Hiroshima Toyo Carp 87 Yusaku Iriki Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 65

[edit] 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.

[edit] Postseason

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.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 2005 Sawamura Award was Toshiya Sugiuchi of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. He had a 18 - 4 win-loss record, 218 strikeouts, and a 2.11 ERA in 196.2 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 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

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 2005 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Hiroki Kuroda Hiroshima Toyo Carp P Toshiya Sugiuchi Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Akihiro Yano Hanshin Tigers C Kenji Johjima Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Takahiro Arai Hiroshima Toyo Carp 1B Julio Zuleta Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Masahiro Araki Chunichi Dragons 2B Koichi Hori Chiba Lotte Marines
Hirokazu Ibata Chunichi Dragons SS Tsuyoshi Nishioka Chiba Lotte Marines
Makoto Imaoka Hanshin Tigers 3B Toshiaki Imae Chiba Lotte Marines
Norihiro Akahoshi Hanshin Tigers OF Matt Franco Chiba Lotte Marines
Norichika Aoki Yakult Swallows Kazuhiko Miyaji Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Tomoaki Kanemoto Hanshin Tigers Kazuhiro Wada Seibu Lions
DH Nobuhiko Matsunaka Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 2005.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Hiroki Kuroda Hiroshima Toyo Carp P Daisuke Matsuzaka Seibu Lions
Akihiro Yano Hanshin Tigers C Kenji Johjima Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Andy Sheets Hanshin Tigers 1B Kazuya Fukuura Chiba Lotte Marines
Masahiro Araki Chunichi Dragons 2B Tsuyoshi Nishioka Chiba Lotte Marines
Akinori Iwamura Yakult Swallows 3B Toshiaki Imae Chiba Lotte Marines
Hirokazu Ibata Chunichi Dragons SS Makoto Kosaka Chiba Lotte Marines
Kosuke Fukudome Chunichi Dragons OF Tsuyoshi Shinjo Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
Norihiro Akahoshi Hanshin Tigers Saburo Ohmura Chiba Lotte Marines
Tatsuhiko Kinjou Yokohama BayStars Naoyuki Ohmura Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks

[edit] 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.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] 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 .

[edit] Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention

In the Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention Kyushu Sangyo University defeated Tohoku Fukushi University.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] 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.

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

At the thirty-sixth Baseball World Cup in Netherlands, the Japanese national baseball team placed fifth.

[edit] 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.

[edit] Hall of Fame

The following people were elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame:

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