2019 in Japanese Baseball

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The 2019 Japanese season saw another title for the Softbank Hawks, their 5th this decade.

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)
Yomiuri Giants* 143 77 64 2 .546 -- 663 575 .257 .335 .422 3.77 Tatsunori Hara
Yokohama DeNA BayStars* 143 71 69 3 .507 5.5 596 611 .246 .315 .398 3.93 Alex Ramirez
Hanshin Tigers* 143 69 68 3 .504 6 538 566 .251 .319 .362 3.46 Akihiro Yano
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 143 70 70 3 .500 6.5 596 611 .246 .315 .398 3.70 Koichi Ogata
Chunichi Dragons 143 68 73 2 .482 9 563 544 .263 .317 .381 3.72 Tsuyoshi Yoda
Yakult Swallows 143 59 82 2 .418 18 656 739 .244 .329 .398 4.79 Junji Ogawa

Pacific League[edit]

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG OBP SLG ERA Manager(s)
Saitama Seibu Lions* 143 80 62 1 .563 -- 756 695 .265 .344 .428 4.36 Hatsuhiko Tsuji
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks* 143 76 62 5 .551 2 582 564 .251 .312 .410 3.63 Kimiyasu Kudoh
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles* 143 71 68 4 .511 7.5 614 578 .251 .333 .390 3.74 Yosuke Hiraishi
Chiba Lotte Marines 143 69 70 4 .471 9.5 642 611 .249 .330 .402 3.91 Tadahito Iguchi
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 143 65 73 5 .471 13 560 586 .251 .325 .365 3.76 Hideki Kuriyama
Orix Buffaloes 143 61 75 7 .449 16 541 637 .242 .309 .354 4.06 Norifumi Nishimura

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 Seiya Suzuki Hiroshima Carp .335 Tomoya Mori Seibu Lions .329
Runs Seiya Suzuki Hiroshima Carp 112 Shogo Akiyama Seibu Lions 112
Hits Yohei Oshima Chunichi Dragons 174 Shogo Akiyama Seibu Lions 179
Doubles Dayan Viciedo Chunichi Dragons 43 Takashi Ogino Chiba Lotte Marines 35
Triples Koji Chikamoto Hanshin Tigers 7 Takashi Ogino Chiba Lotte Marines 7
Home Runs Neftali Soto Yokohama BayStars 43 Hotaka Yamakawa Seibu Lions 43
Runs Batted In Neftali Soto Yokohama BayStars 108 Takeya Nakamura Seibu Lions 123
Stolen Bases Koji Chikamoto Hanshin Tigers 36 Yuji Kaneko Seibu Lions 41
Walks Tetsuto Yamada Yakult Swallows 110 Kensuke Kondo Nippon Ham Fighters 103

Pitching[edit]

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Yudai Ono Chunichi Dragons 2.58 Yoshinobu Yamamoto Orix Buffaloes 1.95
Wins Shun Yamaguchi Yomiuri Giants 15 Kohei Arihara Nippon Ham Fighters 15
Losses Yasuhiro Ogawa Yakult Swallows 12 Kota Futaki Chiba Lotte Marines 10
Saves Yasuaki Yamasaki Yokohama BayStars 30 Yuki Matsui Rakuten Golden Eagles 38
Innings Pitched Yudai Ono Chunichi Dragons 177 2/3 Kodai Senga Softbank Hawks 180 1/3
Appearances Edwin Escobar Yokohama BayStars 74 Katsunori Hirai Seibu Lions 81
Hits Allowed Daichi Osera Hiroshima Carp 176 Taisuka Yamaoka Orix Buffaloes 154
Home Runs Allowed Yasuhiro Ogawa Yakult Swallows 26 Ryota Ishibashi Rakuten Golden Eagles 20
Strikeouts Shun Yamaguchi Yomiuri Giants 188 Kodai Senga Softbank Hawks 227
Base-on-Balls Shun Yamaguchi Yomiuri Giants 60 Kodai Senga Softbank Hawks 75

Awards[edit]

There was no winner of the 2019 Sawamura Award.


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 Hayato Sakamoto Yomiuri Giants SS 555 103 173 40 94 5 .312 .396 .575 Did not pitch
PL Tomoya Mori Seibu Lions C 492 96 162 23 105 3 .329 .413 .547 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Munetaka Murakami Yakult Swallows 1B 511 76 118 36 96 5 .231 .332 .481 Did not pitch
PL Rei Takahashi Softbank Hawks P 4 0 1 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 12 - 6 0 143 114 10 49 73 3.34

Best Nine[edit]

The following players were part of the 2019 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Shun Yamaguchi Yomiuri Giants P Kodai Senga Softbank Hawks
Tsubasa Aizawa Hiroshima Carp C Tomoya Mori Seibu Lions
Dayán Viciedo Chunichi Dragons 1B Hotaka Yamakawa Seibu Lions
Tetsuto Yamada Yakult Swallows 2B Hideto Asamura Rakuten Golden Eagles
Shuhei Takahashi Chunichi Dragons 3B Takeya Nakamura Seibu Lions
Hayato Sakamoto Yomiuri Giants SS Sosuke Genda Seibu Lions
Neftali Soto Yokohama BayStars OF Takashi Ogino Chiba Lotte Marines
Seiya Suzuki Hiroshima Carp Shogo Akiyama Seibu Lions
Yoshihiro Maru Yomiuri Giants Masataka Yoshida Orix Buffaloes
DH Alfredo Despaigne Softbank Hawks

Gold Gloves[edit]

The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 2019.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Yuki Nishi Hanshin Tigers P Kodai Senga Softbank Hawks
Ryutaro Umeno Hanshin Tigers C Takuya Kai Softbank Hawks
José López Yokohama BayStars 1B Seiichi Uchikawa Softbank Hawks
Ryosuke Kikuchi Hiroshima Carp 2B Hideto Asamura Rakuten Golden Eagles
Shuhei Takahashi Chunichi Dragons 3B Nobuhiro Matsuda Softbank Hawks
Hayato Sakamoto Yomiuri Giants SS Sosuke Genda Seibu Lions
Yohei Oshima Chunichi Dragons OF Takashi Ogino Chiba Lotte Marines
Seiya Suzuki Chunichi Dragons Shogo Akiyama Seibu Lions
Yoshihiro Maru Yomiuri Giants Haruki Nishikawa Nippon Ham Fighters

International Baseball[edit]

Japan won the Gold Medal in both the 2019 Women's Baseball Asian Cup and 2019 Premier 12 while earning the Silver Medal in the 2019 Asian Championship.

Hall of Fame[edit]

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

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