2010 in Japanese Baseball
The 2010 season began on March 20, 2010.
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. Murton held the record for five years.
- Bold indicates league champion; Italics indicate Nippon Series winner; * indicates playoff team
|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|
|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|
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
|Statistic||Central League||Pacific League|
|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
|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
|Walks||Kazuhiro Wada||Chunichi Dragons||92||Tadahito Iguchi||Chiba Lotte Marines||98|
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.
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|
The following players were part of the 2010 Best Nine teams.
The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 2009.
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.
Japanese Players in Other Countries
- Kosuke Fukudome
- Ryota Igarashi
- Fumimasa Ishibashi
- Akinori Iwamura
- Hiroki Kuroda
- Hideki Matsui
- Kazuo Matsui
- Daisuke Matsuzaka
- Toshihisa Nishi
- Hideki Okajima
- Shinya Okamoto
- Takashi Saitoh
- Itsuki Shoda
- Ikko Sumi
- Ichiro Suzuki
- Hisanori Takahashi
- Shingo Takatsu
- Yoshinori Yamarin
Hall of Fame
The following people were elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame:
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