Accolades have all been handed out and one of NPB’s stars has reached a deal with an MLB team. I’d say that 2020 is ending well for most baseball fans.

On December 16 and 17, the NPB announced the winners of its major awards and all-league teams. Here are the results:

CL MVP: Tomoyuki Sugano (Pitcher, 31, Yomiuri Giants)

20 GP, 14 W, 2 L, 1.97 ERA, 3 CGSO, 131 K in 137.1 IP


PL MVP: Yuki Yanagita (Outfielder, 32, SoftBank Hawks)

119 GP, .342/.449/.623, 29 HR, 86 RBI, 90 R


CL Rookie of the Year: Masato Morishita (Pitcher, 23, Hiroshima Carp)

18 GP, 10 W, 3 L, 1.91 ERA, 2 CG, 1 SO, 124 K in 122.2 IP


PL Rookie of the Year: Kaima Taira (Pitcher, 21, Saitama Seibu Lions)

54 GP, 1 W, 1 SV, 33 HLD, 1.87 ERA, 62 K in 53 IP


CL Best Nine (* = Also won Golden Glove)

P: * Tomoyuki Sugano, Giants

C: Takumi Ohshiro, Giants

1B: Munetaka Murakami, Yakult Swallows

2B: * Ryosuke Kikuchi, Hiroshima Carp

3B: Kazuka Okamoto, Giants

SS: * Hayato Sakamoto, Giants

OF: Keita Sano, Yokohama DeNA Baystars

OF: Yoshihiro Maru, Giants

OF: * Seiya Suzuki, Carp

CL Golden Gloves

C: Ryutaro Umeno, Hanshin Tigers

1B: Dayan Viciedo, Chunichi Dragons

3B: Shuhei Takahashi, Dragons

OF: Yohei Ohshima, Dragons

OF: Norichika Aoki, Swallows

PL Best Nine (* = Also won Golden Glove)

P: * Kodai Senga, Hawks

C: * Takuya Kai, Hawks

1B: * Sho Nakata, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters

2B: Hideto Asamura, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

3B: * Daichi Suzuki, Eagles

SS: * Sosuke Genda, Lions

OF: * Yuki Yanagita, Hawks

OF: Masataka Yoshida, Buffaloes

OF: Kensuke Kondoh, Fighters

DH: Takumi Kuriyama, Lions

PL Golden Gloves

1B: Akira Nakamura (Hawks – tied with Nakata)

2B: Shuta Tonosaki (Lions)

OF: Taishi Ohta (Fighters)

OF: Haruki Nishikawa (Fighters)


Nippon-Ham Fighters ace Kohei Arihara is the first of the NPB players hoping to play in the majors in 2021 to reach a deal. Ken Rosenthal reported on December 27 that the Texas Rangers signed him to a two-year deal worth approximately $7 million.

That’s all from JapanBall NPB Newsletters in 2020! Hope you are all staying safe and ringing in the new year strongly. See you again in the new year!

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