2017 in Japanese Baseball

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The 2017 Japanese season was noted by the continued dominance of the Softbank Hawks, winning their 4th Japan Series in seven years. Hawks closer Dennis Sarfate not only demolished his one-year-old Pacific League save record (54, 11 more than he had last year) but broke the all-time NPB mark, set by Hitoki Iwase with 46 in 2005.

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 88 51 4 .633 -- 736 540 .273 .345 .424 3.78 Koichi Ogata
Hanshin Tigers* 143 78 64 1 .561 10 528 589 .249 .327 .371 3.69 Tomoaki Kanemoto
Yokohama DeNA BayStars* 143 73 65 5 .529 14.5 597 598 .252 .311 .391 4.18 Alex Ramirez
Yomiuri Giants 143 72 68 3 .514 16.5 536 504 .249 .318 .373 3.32 Yoshinobu Takahashi
Chunichi Dragons 143 59 79 5 .429 28.5 487 623 .247 .300 .365 4.06 Shigekazu Mori
Yakult Swallows 143 45 96 2 .319 44 473 653 .234 .306 .338 4.23 Mitsuru Manaka

Pacific League[edit]

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG OBP SLG ERA Manager(s)
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks* 143 94 49 0 .657 -- 638 483 .259 .331 .421 3.23 Kimiyasu Kudoh
Saitama Seibu Lions* 143 79 61 3 .564 13.5 690 560 .260 .332 .420 4.09 Hatsuhiko Tsuji
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles* 143 77 63 3 .550 15.5 585 528 .254 .324 .390 3.69 Masataka Nashida
Orix Buffaloes 143 63 79 1 .444 30.5 539 598 .251 .316 .380 4.40 Junichi Fukura
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 143 60 83 0 .420 34 505 596 .242 .314 .358 3.82 Hideki Kuriyama
Chiba Lotte Marines 143 54 87 2 .383 39 479 647 .233 .297 .351 4.52 Tsutomu Itoh

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 Toshiro Miyazaki Yokohama BayStars .323 Shogo Akiyama Seibu Lions .322
Runs Yoshihiro Maru Hiroshima Carp 109 Shogo Akiyama Seibu Lions 106
Hits Yoshihiro Maru
José López
Hiroshima Carp
Yokohama BayStars
171 Shogo Akiyama Seibu Lions 185
Doubles Casey McGehee Yomiuri Giants 48 Shogo Akiyama Seibu Lions 38
Triples Yota Kyoda Chunichi Dragons 8 Sosuke Genda Seibu Lions 10
Home Runs Alex Guerrero Chunichi Dragons 35 Alfredo Despaigne Softbank Hawks 35
Runs Batted In José López Yokohama BayStars 105 Alfredo Despaigne Softbank Hawks 103
Stolen Bases Kosuke Tanaka Hiroshima Carp 35 Haruki Nishikawa Nippon Ham Fighters 39
Walks Yoshitomo Tsutsugo Yokohama BayStars 93 Yuki Yanagita Softbank Hawks 89

Pitching[edit]

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Tomoyuki Sugano Yomiuri Giants 1.59 Yusei Kikuchi Seibu Lions 1.97
Wins Tomoyuki Sugano Yomiuri Giants 17 Nao Higashihama
Yusei Kikuchi
Softbank Hawks
Seibu Lions
15
Losses Masanori Ishikawa Yakult Swallows 14 Kohei Arihara Nippon Ham Fighters 13
Saves Rafael Dolis Hanshin Tigers 37 Dennis Sarfate Softbank Hawks 54
Innings Pitched Miles Mikolas Yomiuri Giants 188 Yusei Kikuchi Seibu Lions 187 2/3
Appearances Takeru Imamura
Yasuaki Yamasaki
Hiroshima Carp
Yokohama BayStars
70 Sho Iwasaki Softbank Hawks 72
Hits Allowed Miles Mikolas Yomiuri Giants 162 Kohei Arihara Nippon Ham Fighters 194
Home Runs Allowed Shinnosuke Ogasawara Chunichi Dragons 21 Kohei Arihara
Chihiro Kaneko
Nippon Ham Fighters
Orix Buffaloes
21
Strikeouts Miles Mikolas Yomiuri Giants 187 Takahiro Norimoto Rakuten Golden Eagles 222
Base-on-Balls Haruhiro Hamaguchi Yokohama BayStars 69 Chihiro Kaneko Orix Buffaloes 56

Awards[edit]

The winner of the 2017 Sawamura Award was Tomoyuki Sugano of the Yomiuri Giants. He had a 17-5 win-loss record, 171 strikeouts, and a 1.59 ERA in 187 1/3 innings, leading the CL in wins and ERA and placing second in 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 Yoshihiro Maru Hiroshima Carp OF 556 109 171 23 92 13 .308 .398 .505 Did not pitch
PL Dennis Sarfate Softbank Hawks P Did not bat 2 - 2 54 66 34 3 10 102 1.09
Rookie of the Year CL Yota Kyoda Chunichi Dragons SS 564 67 149 4 36 23 .264 .297 .355 Did not pitch
PL Sosuke Genda Seibu Lions SS 575 85 155 3 57 37 .270 .317 .351 Did not pitch

Best Nine[edit]

The following players were part of the 2017 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Tomoyuki Sugano Yomiuri Giants P Yusei Kikuchi Nippon Ham Fighters
Tsubasa Aizawa Hiroshima Carp C Takuya Kai Softbank Hawks
José López Yokohama BayStars 1B Ginji Akaminai Rakuten Golden Eagles
Ryosuke Kikuchi Hiroshima Carp 2B Hideto Asamura Seibu Lions
Toshiro Miyazaki Yokohama BayStars 3B Zelous Wheeler Rakuten Golden Eagles
Kosuke Tanaka Hiroshima Carp SS Kenta Imamiya Softbank Hawks
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo Yokohama BayStars OF Yuki Yanagita Softbank Hawks
Seiya Suzuki Hiroshima Carp Shogo Akiyama Seibu Lions
Yoshihiro Maru Hiroshima Carp Haruki Nishikawa Nippon Ham Fighters
DH Alfredo Despaigne Softbank Hawks

Gold Gloves[edit]

The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 2017.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Tomoyuki Sugano Yomiuri Giants P Yusei Kikuchi Seibu Lions
Seiji Kobayashi Yomiuri Giants C Takuya Kai Softbank Hawks
José López Yokohama BayStars 1B Ginji Akaminai Rakuten Golden Eagles
Ryosuke Kikuchi Hiroshima Carp 2B Daichi Suzuki Chiba Lotte Marines
Takashi Toritani Hanshin Tigers 3B Nobuhiro Matsuda Softbank Hawks
Hayato Sakamoto Yomiuri Giants SS Kenta Imamiya Softbank Hawks
Masayuki Kuwahara Yokohama BayStars OF Yuki Yanagita Softbank Hawks
Seiya Suzuki Hiroshima Carp Shogo Akiyama Seibu Lions
Yoshihiro Maru Hiroshima Carp Haruki Nishikawa Nippon Ham Fighters

International Baseball[edit]

Japan won the Gold Medal in both the 2017 Women's Baseball Asian Cup and 2017 Asian Championship while placing third in the 2017 World Baseball Classic and 2017 U-18 Baseball World Cup.

Hall of Fame[edit]

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

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