2004 in Japanese Baseball
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Nippon Professional Baseball
- Bold indicates league champion; Italics indicate Nippon Series winner
|Chunichi Dragons||138||79||56||3||0.583||0.0||623||558||0.274||3.86||Hiromitsu Ochiai|
|Yakult Swallows||138||72||64||2||0.529||7.5||618||691||0.275||4.70||Tsutomu Wakamatsu|
|Yomiuri Giants||138||71||64||3||0.525||8.0||738||677||0.275||4.50||Tsuneo Horiuchi|
|Hanshin Tigers||138||66||70||7||0.485||13.0||637||610||0.273||4.08||Akinobu Okada|
|Hiroshima Carp||138||60||77||1||0.438||20.0||662||716||0.276||4.75||Koji Yamamoto|
|Yokohama BayStars||138||59||76||3||0.438||20.0||640||666||0.279||4.47||Daisuke Yamashita|
|Daiei Hawks||133||77||52||4||0.594||0.0||739||651||0.292||4.58||Sadaharu Oh|
|Seibu Lions||133||74||58||1||0.560||4.5||718||656||0.276||4.29||Tsutomu Ito|
|Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters||133||66||65||2||0.504||12.0||731||697||0.281||4.72||Trey Hillman|
|Chiba Lotte Marines||133||65||65||3||0.500||12.5||649||642||0.264||4.40||Bobby Valentine|
|Kintetsu Buffaloes||133||61||70||2||0.466||17.0||630||636||0.269||4.46||Masataka Nashida|
|Orix BlueWave||133||49||72||2||0.376||29.0||622||807||0.283||5.66||Haruki Ihara|
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
The NPB All-Star Game featured two games and was won by the Pacific League two games to none. The first game was played at Nagoya Dome and was won by the PL, 6 - 3. The second game was played at Nagano Olympic Stadium and was won by the PL, 2 - 1.
This was the first year of the Pacific League's tiered playoff format. The top three teams qualify for the playoffs with the second and third place teams play in a best-of-three game series at the second place team's stadium. The winner then plays in a best-of-five game series at the first place team's stadium for the league championship.
In the first stage of the playoffs at the Seibu Dome, the second place Seibu Lions defeated the third place Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 2 games to 1. The Lions continued their winning way defeating the first-place Fukuoka Daiei Hawks at the Fukuoka Dome in five games, 3 - 2, giving them the pennant.
In the Nippon Series, the Seibu Lions (PL) defeated the Chunichi Dragons (CL), 4 games to 3. The Lions had advanced through the Pacific League's playoff system playing in eight games to reach the series. The winning manager was Tsutomu Itoh and the series MVP was Takashi Ishii.
|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||Kenshin Kawakami||Chunichi Dragons||P||69||4||12||2||6||0||.174||.174||.304||17 - 7||0||192.1||173||27||38||176||3.32|
|PL||Nobuhiko Matsunaka||Daiei Hawks||1B||478||118||171||44||120||2||.358||.464||.715||Did not pitch|
|Rookie of the Year||CL||Ryo Kawashima||Yakult Swallows||P||49||3||10||0||3||0||.204||.220||.204||10 - 4||0||139.1||115||26||39||128||3.17|
|PL||Koji Mise||Daiei Hawks||P||0||0||0||0||0||0||.---||.---||.---||4 - 3||28||67.2||47||6||19||71||3.06|
The following players were part of the 2004 Best Nine teams.
The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 2004.
High School Baseball
The 86th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 4146 schools competing for 49 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Komadai Tomakomai (North Hokkaido) defeated Saibi High School (Ehime) by a score of 13 - 10.
The 76th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 32 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Saibi High School (Ehime) defeated Aikoudai Meiden (Aichi) by a score of 6 - 5.
All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series
The 2004 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 26 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Tohoku Fukushi University defeated Nihon University by a score of 3 - 1.
Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention
Tokyo Big6 Baseball League
Tohto University Base Ball League
|3||Tokyo Agriculture||Taisho||Shibaura Tech||Seikei||Sophia||Gakushuin|
|4||Hitotsubashi||Musashi Tech||Tokyo Tech|
|3||Juntendo||Taisho||Gakushuin||Sophia||Tokyo Tech||Shibaura Tech|
Kansai 6 University Baseball League
In the second World University Baseball Championship in Taiwan, the Japanese national baseball team placed second. In the twenty-first World Junior Championship AAA in Taiwan, the Japanese national baseball team won a silver medal. In the 2004 Women's Baseball World Cup in Canada, the Japanese women's national baseball team won a silver medal. At the twenty-second Haarlemse Honkbalweek in Haarlem, the Netherlands, the Japanese national baseball team placed third. At the Olympics in Athens, Greece, the Japanese national baseball team won a bronze medal.
Japanese Players in Other Countries
- Italics indicate a Major League appearance
- Yusuke Arakawa: Visalia Oaks, California (COL-A-Adv)
- Hiroshi Fujimoto: Kansas City T-Bones, Western Baseball League (Ind)
- Shigetoshi Hasegawa: Seattle Mariners
- Craig House: Bowie Baysox, Eastern (BAL-AA); Ottawa Lynx, International (BAL-AAA); Frederick Keys, Carolina (BAL-A-Adv)
- Satoshi Iriki: La New Bears, Chinese Professional Baseball League
- Kazuhisa Ishii: Los Angeles Dodgers
- Soichi Kamimura: Elmira Pioneers, Northeast (2004-Ind)
- Masao Kida: Los Angeles Dodgers; GCL Dodgers, Gulf Coast (LAD-R)
- Katsuhiro Maeda: Shanghai Golden Eagles, China Baseball League
- Hideki Matsui: New York Yankees
- Kazuo Matsui: New York Mets
- Keith McDonald: Nashville Sounds, Pacific Coast (PIT-AAA); Pittsburgh Pirates
- Yoshitaka Mizuo: Arkansas Travelers, Texas (ANA-AA); Salt Lake Stingers, Pacific Coast (ANA-AAA)
- Jobu Morita: Elmira Pioneers, Northeast League (Ind)
- Hideki Nagasaka: Lincoln Saltdogs, Northern League (Ind)
- Shin Nakagomi: Brother Elephants, Chinese Professional Baseball League
- Micheal Nakamura: Syracuse SkyChiefs, International (TOR-AAA); Minnesota Twins; Toronto Blue Jays
- Yuji Nerei: Elmira Pioneers, Northeast League (Ind)
- Michitaka Nishiyama: Winnipeg Goldeyes, Northern League (Ind)
- Hideo Nomo: Las Vegas 51s, Pacific Coast (LAD-AAA); Los Angeles Dodgers
- Takahito Nomura: Macoto Cobras, Chinese Professional Baseball League
- Tomokazu Ohka: Montreal Expos
- Akinori Otsuka: San Diego Padres
- Stephen Randolph: Arizona Diamondbacks
- Dave Roberts: Los Angeles Dodgers; Boston Red Sox; Vero Beach Dodgers, Florida State (LAD-A-Adv)
- Mitsuru Sakamoto: Casper Rockies, Pioneer (COL-R); Tri-City Dust Devils, Northwest (COL-SS)
- Ichiro Suzuki: Seattle Mariners
- Kazuhito Tadano: Buffalo Bisons, International (CLE-AAA); Cleveland Indians
- So Taguchi: Memphis Redbirds, Pacific Coast (STL-AAA); St. Louis Cardinals
- Shingo Takatsu: Chicago White Sox
- Shin Uchino: Bangor Lumberjacks, Northeast (Ind)
- Tetsuya Yamaguchi: Missoula Osprey, Pioneer (ARI-R)
- Tetsu Yofu: Birmingham Barons, Southern (CHW-AA); Charlotte Knights, International (CHW-AAA)
- Hisanori Yokota: Brother Elephants, Chinese Professional Baseball League
- Kosuke Yonezawa: Missoula Osprey, Pioneer (ARI-R)
Hall of Fame
The following people were elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame:
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