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2008 Central League Most Valuable Player Award

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The 2008 Central League Most Valuable Player Award went to Alex Ramirez of the Yomiuri Giants. He was the first foreigner to be named MVP of the Central League since fellow Venezuelan Roberto Petagine won in 2001. Ramirez had been signed as a free agent by the Giants after spending several fine years with Yakult. He hit .319/.373/.617 in 2008 and led the Central League with 125 RBI; he was second in slugging and second in home runs, as his 45 were one behind leader Shuichi Murata.

Ramirez easily won, taking 166 of 199 first-place votes. With 900 total points, he was well ahead of teammates Michihiro Ogasawara (381) and Seth Greisinger (303), the runners-up.

[edit] Voting Results

 Name, Tam, Position  1st Place/2nd Place/3rd Place votes  Total vote pts
  1. Alex Ramirez, Yomiuri Giants OF 166/22/4 900
  2. Michihiro Ogasawara, Yomiuri Giants 1B 22/76/43 381
  3. Seth Greisinger, Yomiuri Giants P 6/68/69 303
  4. Seiichi Uchikawa, Yokohama BayStars 1B 2/9/19 56
  5. Kyuji Fujikawa, Hanshin Tigers P 1/6/9 32
  6. Tomoaki Kanemoto, Hanshin Tigers OF 0/5/11 26
  7. Shuichi Murata, Yokohama BayStars 3B 2/2/2 18
  8. Shinnosuke Abe, Yomiuri Giants C 0/3/44 13
  9. Colby Lewis, Hiroshima Carp P 0/3/4 13
  10. Tetsuya Yamaguchi, Yomiuri Giants P 0/2/5 11
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