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.
|C||Motonobu Tanishige||Chunichi||5||1998, 2006-07, 2009, 2011|
|1B||Kenta Kurihara||Hiroshima||3||2008-09, 2011|
|3B||Shinya Miyamoto||Tokyo||3 (9 total)||3B = 2009-11
SS = 1997, 1999-2003
|P||Masahiro Tanaka||Tohoku (Rakuten)||1|
|C||Toru Hosokawa||Fukuoka (Softbank)||2||2008 (Saitama), 2011|
|1B||Hiroki Kokubo||Fukuoka||2||3B = 2010-11
2B = 1995 (Daiei)
|SS||Hiroyuki Nakajima||Saitama (Seibu)||2||2008, 2011|
|OF||Yoshifumi Okada||Chiba (Lotte)||1|
|OF||Yoshio Itoi||Hokkaido (Nippon Ham)||3||2009-11|
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