The Japan News by The Yomiuri Shimbun

Orix skipper Nakajima wins Shoriki Award


Orix Bu aloes manager Satoshi Nakajima, who led the Paci c League club to its rst Japan Series title since 1996, was named as winner of the prestigiou­s Matsutaro Shoriki Award on Tuesday.

e award, establishe­d by e Yomiuri Shimbun, is presented annually to the person deemed by a select committee to have made the most signi cant contributi­on over the season to the growth of Japan pro baseball.

e 53-year-old Nakajima, in his second season in charge, masterfull­y used his mound sta in leading the Bu aloes to a second consecutiv­e Paci c League pennant, then a victory over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in the Japan Series.

Meanwhile, Swallows slugger Munetaka

Murakami received a special award a er hitting 56 home runs this season, surpassing by one the single-season record for a Japan-born player set by Yomiuri Giants legend Sadaharu Oh in 1964.

Murakami, 22, also became the youngest batting Triple Crown winner in Japan pro baseball history.

Nakajima will receive a gold medal and

¥5 million at the NPB Awards ceremony on Nov. 25, while Murakami will get a gold medal and ¥3 million. (Nov. 10)

 ?? The Yomiuri Shimbun ?? Satoshi Nakajima
The Yomiuri Shimbun Satoshi Nakajima

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