Tokyo third baseman, Shinya Miyamoto, and center fielder, Norichika Aoki, were voted into the Central League’s best nine today.
Miyamoto earned the award for the first time in his 17-year career while it was the seventh time that Aoki has been voted in during his eight seasons as a pro.
This comes just after both players won Central League Golden Gloves for their exceptional defense in 2011.
Miyamoto easily beat Hanshin’s Takahiro Arai by a tally of 184 to 57 in voting for the league’s best third baseman.
Aoki collected 156 votes and was third in outfield voting behind Yomiuri’s Hisayoshi Chono (238) and Hanshin’s Matt Murton (226).
Balentien and Hatakeyama were fourth and fifth, respectively, in balloting for outfielders, so it was a very strong showing for Tokyo’s fence-minders this year.
Hatakeyama also finished second in voting for first basemen. He was outpaced by Hiroshima’s Kurihara by a count of 157 to 78.
Aikawa (C), Tanaka (2B) and Kawabata (SS) all finished third in voting for their respective positions.
|C||Toru Hosokawa||Fukuoka||2||1st Best Nine was with Seibu in 2008|
|1B||Hiroki Kokubo||Fukuoka||1||3rd time overall
Won award at 2B in 1995, 1997
|OF||Seiichi Uchikawa||Fukuoka||1||3rd time overall (twice with Yokohama)
Won award in outfield in 2008 and at 1B in 2009
|DH||Jose Fernandez||Saitama||1||2nd time overall (once with Tohoku)
Won award at 3B in 2006