2008 Japan MVP and Best Nine

Know what’s a heartbreaker? Seeing the Central League MVP and Best Nine announcements and seeing that a third of the Best Nine, the MVP, and the best pitcher in the CL are all Giants, then realizing that that would be true of the Swallows had Tokyo been willing to pay a bit and offer multi-year contracts to the best hitter and, arguably, the best pitcher in Japan.

Oh, the humanity.

Rami-chan, Seth, whatever we shout at you while you’re playing, the truth is that seeing you in those hideous uniforms, that nasueous orange, well it (sob), it rips a little piece of our hearts out every time because you (weep), you were ours and we wanted to keep you. Really we did. It wasn’t our fault. (Boo-hoo-hoo-hoo.)

You guys are traitors and should probably be hanged, but you get exonerated by the fact that we have disloyal owners.

On the bright side, Tokyo’s stellar centerfielder, Norichika Aoki, made his fourth Best Nine. Our congrats to him.

All of that aside, the Central postseason awards went to:

MVP: Alex Ramirez, Yomiuri Giants

Best IX:

P: Seth Greisinger, Yomiuri Giants
C: Shinnosuke Abe, Yomiuri Giants
1B: Seiichi Uchikawa, Yokohama BayStars
2B: Akihiro Higashide, Hiroshima Carp
3B: Shuuichi Murata, Yokohama BayStars
SS: Takashi Toritani, Hanshin Tigers
OF: Alex Ramirez, Yomiuri Giants
Norichika Aoki, Tokyo Yakult Swallows
Tomoaki Kanemoto, Hanshin Tigers

Pacific League postseason awards:

MVP: Hisashi Iwakuma, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

Best IX:

P: Hisashi Iwakuma, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
C: Tooru Hosokawa, Saitama Seibu Lions
1B: Alex Cabrera, Orix Buffaloes
2B: Yasuyuki Kataoka, Saitama Seibu Lions
3B: Takeya Nakamura, Saitama Seibu Lions
SS: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Saitama Seibu Lions
OF: Atsunori Inaba, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
Takumi Kuriyama, Saitama Seibu Lions
Rick Short, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
DH: Tuffy Rhodes, Orix Buffaloes

Free agents started the negotiating season yesterday (click the link to see NPB Tracker’s write-up.)

  • Ken

    How is Abe possibly the best catcher in the CL?

  • Well, he was able to hit over .200, which Tokyo’s Fukukawa couldn’t reliably do, and he could catch the ball, which Kawabata and Yoneno couldn’t, so that makes him better than anyone we had. Then there’s the fact that he plays for Yomiuri, which works in his favor in the balloting – it’s just so much trouble to watch other teams play.

  • Jim

    What I find surprising is that both leagues are missing a team: the Dragons don’t have anybody on the CL Best Nine, which was sort of a surprise for me, and the Hawks don’t have anybody either, which is not really surprising given how the team imploded in the last month of the season.

    For the Best Nine, is there a sort of bias towards the teams that took part in the Japan Series?

  • I don’t know if there’s a bias, but teams that make it to the Japan Series tend to be well-represented most years. Are those teams so well-represented because they were in the Series or were they in the Series because they have so many top-notch players?

  • Yuan

    after watching ESPN here in the Phils the game between Japan and South Korea, my baseball fanaticism was finally awakened… Much more of my Japan-craze…

    Now I say “GO JAPAN! GO IWAKUMA! GO DARVISH!” hahaha.. anyone who can update me with the Japan’s game? pls mail me at kiwoo_lee@yahoo.com🙂 thanks…

  • Hi Yuan

    Glad to hear you’ve been enjoying the WBC games. You can keep in touch with all team Japan games here as well as the official WBC site too of course.