2018 Japanese League Baseball Season Roster
- Hawks devour Carp: Fukuoka SoftBank wins drama-filled Nippon Series over Hiroshima
- Gun powder: Catcher bats .143, wins Series MVP after gunning down 8 runners in finale
- Remember When: At least 55 ex-Major Leaguers in Nippon Baseball
NOTE: Although the statistics cited in this blurb and on the SOM rosters are the actual Japanese statistics, the player cards are computed by using Major League equivalences.
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 Hiroshima Carp won their third straight Central League pennant but lost four straight games in the Nippon Series to the Pacific League runner-up, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. The Hawks’ victory was not as one-sided as that. One of the six games was a tie. The Hawks won a game 9-8, and another on a walk-off home run. The 2-0 finale was won only after Hawks catcher Takuya Kai threw out eight Lions trying to steal – in one game. Though he hit only .143 for the Series, Kai was honored as the Series MVP.
Nippon Baseball’s stars were spread around this year. Major League Baseball fans may want an advance look at left-hander Yusei Kikuchi, a candidate to be in a Major League rotation in 2019 after going 14-4, 3.08 with 153 strikeouts in 164 innings for the Saitama Seibu in ’18. The Seibu Lions, who had the season’s best record (88-53-2), had the Central League MVP in HotakaYamakawa (.281-47-124). Hiroshima had the Central League MVP, Yoshihiro Maru (.306-39-97, 130 walks). The Yomiuri Giants had the league’s best pitcher, Tomoyuki Sugano (15-8, 2.14, 200 strikeouts).
Many other stars had huge seasons. 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 2019 or higher to play
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