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The 2010 season began on March 20, 2010.

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[edit] Nippon Pro Baseball

Alex Ramirez of the Yomiuri Giants set a Nippon Pro Baseball record by driving in 100 runs for the 8th straight season. Sadaharu Oh had held the mark of seven since 1969. Yoshinori Sato became the first Japanese pitcher to top 100 mph (import hurler Marc Kroon had done it previously).

For the first time, two players had 200-hit seasons in the same league. Matt Murton of the Hanshin Tigers became the first American to connect safely 200 times, then Norichika Aoki of the Yakult Swallows had his second 200-hit season, the first player to accomplish that feat. Murton went on to break Ichiro Suzuki's 16-year-old NPB record for hits in a season (the mark had been 210), aided by the NPB expanded schedule, 14 games longer than in Suzuki's 1994 campaign.


[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion; Italics indicate Nippon Series winner; * indicates playoff team

[edit] Central League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG OBP SLG ERA Manager(s)
Chunichi Dragons* 144 79 62 3 .560 -- 539 521 .259 .327 .388 3.29 Hiromitsu Ochiai
Hanshin Tigers* 144 78 63 3 .553 1 740 640 .290 .345 .449 4.05 Akinobu Mayumi
Yomiuri Giants* 144 79 64 1 .552 1 711 617 .266 .329 .458 3.89 Tatsunori Hara
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 144 72 68 4 .514 6.5 617 621 .268 .340 .402 3.85 Shigeru Takada (13-32)/Junji Ogawa (58-40)
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 144 58 84 2 .408 21.5 596 737 .263 .324 .383 4.80 Kenjiro Nomura
Yokohama BayStars 144 48 95 1 .336 32 521 743 .255 .313 .379 4.88 Takao Obana

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG OBP SLG ERA Manager(s)
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks* 144 76 63 5 .547 -- 638 615 .267 .323 .404 3.89 Koji Akiyama
Saitama Seibu Lions* 144 78 65 1 .545 -- 680 642 .271 .343 .422 4.19 Hisanobu Watanabe
Chiba Lotte Marines* 144 75 67 2 .528 2.5 708 635 .275 .352 .408 4.10 Norifumi Nishimura
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 144 74 67 3 .525 3.0 612 548 .274 .331 .386 3.52 Masataka Nashida
Orix Buffaloes 144 69 71 4 .493 7.5 644 628 .271 .335 .421 3.97 Daijiro Oishi
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 144 62 79 3 .440 15 576 635 .265 .328 .379 3.98 Marty Brown

[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 .358 Tsuyoshi Nishioka Chiba Lotte Marines .346
Runs Hayato Sakamoto Yomiuri Giants 107 Tsuyoshi Nishioka Chiba Lotte Marines 121
Hits Matt Murton Hanshin Tigers 214 Tsuyoshi Nishioka Chiba Lotte Marines 206
Doubles Masahiko Morino Chunichi Dragons 45 Tadahito Iguchi Chiba Lotte Marines 44
Triples Ryota Wakiya Yomiuri Giants 8 Tomotaka Sakaguchi
Yuichi Honda
Orix Buffaloes
Softbank Hawks
10
Home Runs Alex Ramirez Yomiuri Giants 49 Takahiro Okada Orix Buffaloes 33
Runs Batted In Alex Ramirez Yomiuri Giants 129 Eiichi Koyano Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 109
Stolen Bases Eishin Soyogi Hiroshima Carp 43 Yasuyuki Kataoka
Yuichi Honda
Seibu Lions
Softbank Hawks
59
Walks Kazuhiro Wada Chunichi Dragons 92 Tadahito Iguchi Chiba Lotte Marines 98

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Kenta Maeda Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2.21 Yu Darvish Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 1.78
Wins Kenta Maeda Hiroshima Toyo Carp 15 Chihiro Kaneko
Tsuyoshi Wada
Orix Buffaloes
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
17
Losses Dicky Gonzalez Yomiuri Giants 13 Hiroshi Kisanuki Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 12
Saves Hitoki Iwase Chunichi Dragons 42 Brian Sikorski Seibu Lions 33
Save Points Hitoki Iwase Chunichi Dragons 43 Takahiro Mahara Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 37
Innings Pitched Kenta Maeda Hiroshima Toyo Carp 215.7 Chihiro Kaneko Orix Buffaloes 204.3
Appearances Yuya Kubo Yomiuri Giants 79 Tadashi Settsu Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 71
Hits Allowed Masanori Ishikawa Yakult Swallows 209 Hideaki Wakui Seibu Lions 191
Home Runs Allowed Naoyuki Shimizu Yokohama BayStars 26 Yoshihisa Naruse Chiba Lotte Marines 29
Strikeouts Kenta Maeda Hiroshima Toyo Carp 174 Yu Darvish Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 222
Base-on-Balls Yoshinori Sato Tokyo Yakult Swallows 74 Bill Murphy Chiba Lotte Marines 84

[edit] All-Star Game

The NPB All-Star Game featured two games and was won by the Central League, with one win and one tie. The first game was played at Yahoo Dome and was won by the CL, 4 - 1. The second game was a 5-5 tie.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 2010 Sawamura Award was Kenta Maeda of the Hiroshima Carp. He had a 15-8 win-loss record, 174 strikeouts, and a 2.21 ERA in 215.7 innings, leading the Central League in wins, ERA and strikeouts.


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 Kazuhiro Wada Chunichi Dragons OF 505 94 171 37 93 5 .339 .437 .624 Did not pitch
PL Tsuyoshi Wada Softbank Hawks P 5 0 1 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 17 - 8 0 169 1/3 145 11 55 169 3.14
Rookie of the Year CL Hisayoshi Chono Yomiuri Giants OF 430 66 124 19 52 12 .288 .330 .491 Did not pitch
PL Ryo Sakakibara Nippon Ham Fighters P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 10 - 1 0 72 60 3 11 54 2.63

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 2010 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Kenta Maeda Hiroshima Carp P Tsuyoshi Wada Softbank Hawks
Shinnosuke Abe Yomiuri Giants C Motohiro Shima Rakuten Golden Eagles
Craig Brazell Hanshin Tigers 1B Alex Cabrera Orix Buffaloes
Keiichi Hirano Hanshin Tigers 2B Kensuke Tanaka Nippon Ham Fighters
Masahiko Morino Chunichi Dragons 3B Eiichi Koyano Nippon Ham Fighters
Takashi Toritani Hanshin Tigers SS Tsuyoshi Nishioka Chiba Lotte Marines
Kazuhiro Wada Chunichi Dragons OF Hitoshi Tamura Softbank Hawks
Norichika Aoki Yakult Swallows Takahiro Okada Orix Buffaloes
Matt Murton Hanshin Tigers Takumi Kuriyama Seibu Lions
DH Kazuya Fukuura Chiba Lotte Marines


[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 2009.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Kenta Maeda Hiroshima Carp P Hideaki Wakui Seibu Lions
Kenji Johjima Hanshin Tigers C Motohiro Shima Rakuten Golden Eagles
No one selected 1B Hiroki Kokubo Softbank Hawks
Keiichi Hirano Hanshin Tigers 2B Kensuke Tanaka Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
Shinya Miyamoto Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3B Eiichi Koyano Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
Eishin Soyogi Hiroshima Carp SS Tsuyoshi Nishioka Chiba Lotte Marines
Jun Hirose Hiroshima Carp OF Takumi Kuriyama Seibu Lions
Norichika Aoki Yakult Swallows Yoshio Itoi Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
Masato Akamatsu Hiroshima Carp Tomotaka Sakaguchi Orix Buffaloes

[edit] International Baseball

In the 2010 Intercontinental Cup, the Japanese national team finished 5th of 10 teams. They won the Bronze at the 2010 Asian Games. Japan won Bronze at the 2010 World University Championship. Their womens' team was better, taking the Gold Medal at the 2010 Women's Baseball World Cup.

[edit] Japanese Players in Other Countries

[edit] Hall of Fame

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

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