Miyamoto and Aoki win Golden Gloves

It's the third year in a row that they've shared the podium together.

Shinya Miyamoto, Tokyo’s veteran infielder and now 41 years of age, was voted the best defensive third baseman in the Central League this season. It was the third time that he has won the honor in as many seasons.

That is, of course, in addition to the six Golden Gloves he had previously won at short.

By the way, Golden Gloves is not referring to boxing in this case. It’s the Japanese version of the Gold Glove awards in MLB.

Norichika Aoki, the team’s center fielder, won his sixth straight Golden Glove this season.

Aoki was second in outfielder voting behind Yomiuri’s Chono. Chono had his name checked by 192 of the 243 voters while Aoki received 179 votes. The third and final outfielder awarded a Golden Glove was Chunichi’s Ohshima (84 votes).

Balentien was tied with Yomiuri’s Suzuki for 11th place with six votes each.

Aikawa (C) and Tanaka (2B) both finished second in voting for their respective positions while Hatakeyama was third in the voting for first base, and Kawabata was fourth at short.

Tateyama and Ishikawa finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in voting for pitchers.

Below are the nine players selected for both the Central and Pacific Leagues.

Central League

PositionNameTeamTimesNotes
PTakuya AsaoChunichi1
CMotonobu TanishigeChunichi51998, 2006-07, 2009, 2011
1BKenta KuriharaHiroshima32008-09, 2011
2BKeiichi HiranoHanshin22010-11
3BShinya MiyamotoTokyo3 (9 total)3B = 2009-11
SS = 1997, 1999-2003
SSTakashi ToritaniHanshin1
OFHisayoshi ChonoYomiuri1
OFNorichika AokiTokyo62006-11
OFYoheiOhshima1

Pacific League

PositionNameTeamTimesNotes
PMasahiro TanakaTohoku (Rakuten)1
CToru HosokawaFukuoka (Softbank)22008 (Saitama), 2011
1BHiroki KokuboFukuoka23B = 2010-11
2B = 1995 (Daiei)
2BYuichi HondaFukuoka1
3BNobuhiro MatsudaFukuoka1
SSHiroyuki NakajimaSaitama (Seibu)22008, 2011
OFYoshifumi OkadaChiba (Lotte)1
OFYoshio ItoiHokkaido (Nippon Ham)32009-11
OFTomotaka SakaguchiOrix42008-11

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About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini