2016 in Japanese Baseball

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2016 was a topsy-turvy year in Japan as the Hiroshima Carp, usually not a competitor, dominated the Central League, almost the only team to post a winning record (Yomiuri was 71-69-3) in that loop, though they fell in the 2016 Japan Series. Dennis Sarfate of the Softbank Hawks broke his own one-year-old save record in the Pacific League; a year later, he again would top his record.

Standings[edit]

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

Central League[edit]

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG OBP SLG ERA Manager(s)
Hiroshima Toyo Carp* 143 89 52 2 .631 -- 684 497 .272 .343 .421 3.21 Koichi Ogata
Yomiuri Giants* 143 71 69 3 .507 17.5 519 543 .251 .310 .384 3.45 Yoshinobu Takahashi
Yokohama DeNA BayStars* 143 69 71 3 .493 19.5 572 588 .249 .305 .385 3.76 Alex Ramirez
Hanshin Tigers 143 64 76 3 .457 24.5 506 546 .245 .312 .351 3.38 Tomoaki Kanemoto
Yakult Swallows 143 64 78 1 .451 25.5 594 694 .256 .331 .378 4.73 Mitsuru Manaka
Chunichi Dragons 143 58 82 3 .414 30.5 500 573 .245 .309 .353 3.65 Motonobu Tanishige/Shigekazu Mori

Pacific League[edit]

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG OBP SLG ERA Manager(s)
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters* 143 87 53 3 .621 -- 619 467 .266 .340 .385 4.33 Hideki Kuriyama
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks* 143 83 54 6 .606 2.5 637 479 .261 .341 .386 4.45 Kimiyasu Kudoh
Chiba Lotte Marines* 143 72 68 3 .514 15 572 579 .255 .326 .361 3.70 Tsutomu Itoh
Saitama Seibu Lions 143 64 76 3 .457 23 619 618 .264 .335 .395 3.85 Norio Tanabe
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 143 62 78 3 .443 25 541 643 .257 .324 .369 4.09 Masataka Nashida
Orix Buffaloes 143 57 83 3 .407 30 499 635 .253 .317 .355 4.18 Junichi Fukura

Leaders[edit]

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

Batting[edit]

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
Batting Average Hayato Sakamoto Yakult Swallows .344 Katsuya Kakunaka Chiba Lotte Marines .339
Runs Tetsuto Yamada
Kosuke Tanaka
Yakult Swallows
Hiroshima Carp
102 Shogo Akiyama Seibu Lions 98
Hits Ryosuke Kikuchi Hiroshima Carp 181 Katsuya Kakunaka Chiba Lotte Marines 178
Doubles Shuichi Murata Yomiuri Giants 32 Hideto Asamura Seibu Lions 40
Triples Yohei Oshima Chunichi Dragons 9 Eigoro Mogi
Masahiro Nishino
Rakuten Golden Eagles
Orix Buffaloes
7
Home Runs Yoshitomo Tsutsugo Yokohama BayStars 44 Brandon Laird Nippon Ham Fighters 39
Runs Batted In Yoshitomo Tsutsugo Yokohama BayStars 110 Sho Nakata Nippon Ham Fighters 110
Stolen Bases Tetsuto Yamada Yakult Swallows 30 Yoshio Itoi
Yuji Kaneko
Orix Buffaloes
Seibu Lions
53
Walks Tetsuto Yamada Yakult Swallows 97 Yuki Yanagita Softbank Hawks 100

Pitching[edit]

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Tomoyuki Sugano Yomiuri Giants 2.01 Ayumu Ishikawa Chiba Lotte Marines 2.16
Wins Yusuke Nomura Hiroshima Carp 16 Tsuyoshi Wada Softbank Hawks 15
Losses Atsushi Nohmi
Hirofumi Yamanaka
Hanshin Tigers
Yakult Swallows
12 Yuki Nishi Orix Buffaloes 12
Saves Hirokazu Sawamura Yomiuri Giants 37 Dennis Sarfate Softbank Hawks 43
Innings Pitched Randy Messenger Hanshin Tigers 185 1/3 Takahiro Norimoto Rakuten Golden Eagles 195
Appearances Ryo Akiyoshi
Scott Mathieson
Yakult Swallows
Yomiuri Giants
70 Hiroyuki Fukuyama Rakuten Golden Eagles 69
Hits Allowed Randy Messenger Hanshin Tigers 178 Hideaki Wakui Chiba Lotte Marines 195
Home Runs Allowed Yasuhiro Ogawa Yakult Swallows 22 Tsuyoshi Wada Softbank Hawks 22
Strikeouts Tomoyuki Sugano Yomiuri Giants 189 Takahiro Norimoto Rakuten Golden Eagles 216
Base-on-Balls Shintaro Fujinami Hanshin Tigers 70 Brandon Dickson Orix Buffaloes 71

Awards[edit]

The winner of the 2016 Sawamura Award was Kris Johnson of the Hiroshima Carp. He had a 15-7 win-loss record, 141 strikeouts, and a 2.15 ERA in 180 1/3 innings, finishing second in the Central League in wins and ERA.


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 Takahiro Arai Hiroshima Carp 1B 454 66 136 19 101 0 .300 .372 .485 Did not pitch
PL Shohei Otani Nippon Ham Fighters P/DH 323 65 104 22 67 7 .322 .416 .588 10 - 4 0 140 89 4 45 174 1.86
Rookie of the Year CL Shun Takayama Hanshin Tigers OF 494 48 136 8 65 5 .275 .316 .391 Did not pitch
PL Hirotoshi Takanashi Nippon Ham Fighters P 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 10 - 2 0 109 2/3 79 6 36 86 2.38

Best Nine[edit]

The following players were part of the 2016 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Yusuke Nomura Hiroshima Carp P Shohei Otani Nippon Ham Fighters
Yoshiyuki Ishihara Hiroshima Carp C Tatsuhiro Tamura Chiba Lotte Marines
Takahiro Arai Hiroshima Carp 1B Sho Nakata Nippon Ham Fighters
Tetsuto Yamada Yakult Swallows 2B Hideto Asamura Seibu Lions
Shuichi Murata Yomiuri Giants 3B Brandon Laird Nippon Ham Fighters
Hayato Sakamoto Yomiuri Giants SS Daichi Suzuki Chiba Lotte Marines
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo Yokohama BayStars OF Katsuya Kakunaka Chiba Lotte Marines
Seiya Suzuki Hiroshima Carp Yoshio Itoi Orix Buffaloes
Yoshihiro Maru Hiroshima Carp Haruki Nishikawa Nippon Ham Fighters
DH Shohei Otani Nippon Ham Fighters

Gold Gloves[edit]

The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 2016.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Tomoyuki Sugano Yomiuri Giants P Hideaki Wakui Chiba Lotte Marines
Yoshiyuki Ishihara Hiroshima Carp C Shota Ono Nippon Ham Fighters
Jose Lopez Yomiuri Giants 1B Sho Nakata Nippon Ham Fighters
Ryosuke Kikuchi Hiroshima Carp 2B Kazuya Fujita Rakuten Golden Eagles
Shuichi Murata Yomiuri Giants 3B Nobuhiro Matsuda Softbank Hawks
Hayato Sakamoto Yomiuri Giants SS Kenta Imamiya Softbank Hawks
Yohei Oshima Chunichi Dragons OF Dai-Kang Yoh Nippon Ham Fighters
Seiya Suzuki Hiroshima Carp Shogo Akiyama Seibu Lions
Yoshihiro Maru Hiroshima Carp Yoshio Itoi Orix Buffaloes

International Baseball[edit]

Japan won the Gold Medal in the 2016 Women's Baseball World Cup.

Hall of Fame[edit]

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

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