1996 in Japanese Baseball
|1996 in baseball|
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Nippon Professional Baseball
- Bold indicates league champion; Italics indicate Nippon Series winner.
|Yomiuri Giants||130||77||53||0||0.592||0.0||563||478||0.253||3.47||Shigeo Nagashima|
|Chunichi Dragons||130||72||58||0||0.554||5.0||641||589||0.278||4.01||Senichi Hoshino|
|Hiroshima Toyo Carp||130||71||59||0||0.546||6.0||670||597||0.281||4.08||Toshiyuki Mimura|
|Yakult Swallows||130||61||69||0||0.469||16.0||536||560||0.264||4.00||Katsuya Nomura|
|Yokohama BayStars||130||55||75||0||0.423||22.0||571||660||0.271||4.67||Akihiko Oya|
|Hanshin Tigers||130||54||76||0||0.415||23.0||482||579||0.245||4.12||Taira Fujita, Takeshi Shibata|
|Orix BlueWave||130||74||50||6||0.592||0.0||607||529||0.271||3.55||Akira Ogi|
|Nippon Ham Fighters||130||68||58||4||0.538||7.0||527||502||0.249||3.49||Toshiharu Ueda|
|Seibu Lions||130||62||64||4||0.492||13.0||517||521||0.258||3.58||Osamu Higashio|
|Kintetsu Buffaloes||130||62||67||1||0.481||14.5||555||571||0.255||4.01||Kyosuke Sasaki|
|Chiba Lotte Marines||130||60||67||3||0.473||15.5||456||525||0.253||3.68||Akira Ejiri|
|Fukuoka Daiei Hawks||130||54||74||2||0.423||22.0||551||565||0.263||4.04||Sadaharu Oh|
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
|Statistic||Central League||Pacific League|
|Batting Average||Alonzo Powell||Chunichi Dragons||.340||Ichiro Suzuki||Orix BlueWave||.356|
|Runs||Hideki Matsui||Yomiuri Giants||97||Ichiro Suzuki||Orix BlueWave||104|
|Hits||Alonzo Powell||Chunichi Dragons||176||Ichiro Suzuki||Orix BlueWave||193|
|Doubles||Alonzo Powell||Chunichi Dragons||42||Kazuhiro Kiyohara||Seibu Lions||30|
|Hiroshima Toyo Carp
|6||Arihito Muramatsu||Fukuoka Daiei Hawks||9|
|Home Runs||Takeshi Yamasaki||Chunichi Dragons||39||Troy Neel||Orix BlueWave||32|
|Runs Batted In||Luis Lopez||Hiroshima Toyo Carp||109||Troy Neel||Orix BlueWave||111|
|Stolen Bases||Koichi Ogata||Hiroshima Toyo Carp||50||Arihito Muramatsu||Fukuoka Daiei Hawks||58|
|Walks||Tomoaki Kanemoto||Hiroshima Toyo Carp||77||Rob Ducey||Nippon Ham Fighters||86|
The NPB All-Star Game featured three games and was won by the Pacific League two games to one. The first game was played at Fukuoka Dome and was won by the PL, 7 - 4. The second game was played at Tokyo Dome and was won by the PL, 7 - 3. The third game was played at Toyama Prefectural Baseball Field and was won by the CL, 4 - 2.
|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||Hideki Matsui||Yomiuri Giants||OF||487||97||153||38||99||7||.314||.401||.622||Did not pitch|
|PL||Ichiro Suzuki||Orix BlueWave||OF||542||104||193||16||84||35||.356||.422||.504||Did not pitch|
|Rookie of the Year||CL||Toshihisa Nishi||Yomiuri Giants||3B||403||70||109||7||24||17||.270||.333||.370||Did not pitch|
|PL||Makoto Kaneko||Nippon Ham Fighters||2B||395||50||103||4||33||15||.261||.307||.337||Did not pitch|
The following players were part of the 1996 Best Nine teams.
The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 1996.
High School Baseball
The 78th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 4089 schools competing for 49 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Matsuyama High School (Ehime) defeated Kumamoto Kougyou (Kumamoto) by a score of 6 - 3.
The 68th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 32 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Kagoshima Jitsu High School (Kagoshima) defeated Chiben Wakayama High School (Wakayama) by a score of 6 - 3.
All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series
The 1996 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 25 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Aoyama Gakuin University defeated Kyushu Kyoritsu University by a score of 9 - 4.
Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention
Tokyo Big6 Baseball League
Tohto University Base Ball League
Kansai 6 University Baseball League
In the second AAA Asia Baseball Championship in The Philippines, the Japanese national baseball team won a bronze medal. At the eighteenth Haarlemse Honkbalweek in Haarlem, the Netherlands, the Japanese national baseball team placed fourth. At the Olympics in Atlanta, United States, the Japanese national baseball team won a silver medal.
Japanese Players in Other Countries
- Italics indicate a Major League appearance
- Taisuke Ishimaru: Great Falls Dodgers, Pioneer (LAD-R)
- Katsuhiro Maeda: GCL Yankees, Gulf Coast (1996 New York Yankees-R)
- Jeff McCurry: Detroit Tigers; Toledo Mud Hens, International (DET-AAA)
- Keith McDonald: St. Petersburg Cardinals, Florida State (STL-A-Adv)
- Hideo Nomo: Los Angeles Dodgers
- Stephen Randolph: Greensboro Bats, South Atlantic (NYY-A)
- Dave Roberts: Jacksonville Suns, Southern (DET-AA); Visalia Oaks, California (DET-A-Adv)
- Mac Suzuki: Tacoma Rainiers, Pacific Coast (SEA-AAA); Seattle Mariners; Port City Roosters, Southern (SEA-AA)
- Tsuyoshi Yoda: Memphis Chicks, Southern (SDP-AA)
Hall of Fame
The following people were elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame:
- Motoshi Fujita, by Sportswriters Committee
- Sachio Kinugasa, by Sportswriters Committee
- Naotaka Makino, by Special Committee
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