2014 Japanese League Baseball Season Roster
- Hanshin shocks Yomiuri in Central playoffs, then Fukuoka Hawks win Nippon Series
- 46 former Major Leaguers mix with Japanese stars of today
- Twice as nice: Rated to play as two six-team divisions or with the 2014 Major League
With more Japanese Leagues batters and pitchers playing well in the Major Leagues, Strat-O-Matic gamers can get the knowledge edge by using today’s Japanese stars in this unique re-creation. Do it with thrilling pennant races and former Major Leaguers salting the Japanese lineups.
The Yomiuri Giants – the Yankees of the Japanese Central League — were 82-61, eight games better than arch-rival Hanshin, but the Tigers shocked the Giants by winning four straight in the playoffs that preceded the Nippon Series championship. That was played against the Fukuoaka Hawks, which won the Pacific League by two percentage points over the Orix Buffaloes.
Former Major Leaguers Wladimir Balentien (.301, 31 HR), Andruw Jones (24 HR) and Willie Mo Pena (32 HR, 90 RBI) were leading sluggers, but both division MVPs were Japanese pitchers: Chihiro Kaneko (16 wins, 1.98 ERA, 199 strikeouts) of Orix and Tomoyuki Sugano (12-5, 2.33) of Yomiuri. Among the others who may be future Major Leaguers: Pitches Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi, 13-5, 3.21); and Yoshihisa Hirano (Orix, 40 saves), and top hitters Yoshio Itoi (Orix, .331, 19 HR, 81 RBI, 31 steals); Ginji Akaminai (Tohoku Rakuten, .327); Ernesto Mejia (Seibu, 34 HR); Takeya Nakamura (Seibu, 34 HR, 90 RBI); Ryosuke Kikuchi (Hiroshima, .325); Tetsuto Yamada (Yakult, .324, 29 HR, 89 RBI).
Play them all with as-played files, including the three All-Star games and the Nippon Series teams, with lineups. Actual Japanese-season player statistics have been adjusted for a season that can be played in stand-alone Japanese leagues or against contemporary Major League teams.
Requires Strat-O-Matic Baseball 2015 or higher to play
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