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2005 Best Nine

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2005 Best Nine
Per request from the post in Open Talk.
    Central League                       Pacific League
(1) Hiroki Kuroda (HC) P (1) Toshiya Sugiyama (FSH)
(2) Akihiro Yano (HT) C (6) Kenji Johjima (FSH)
(1) Takahiro Arai (HC) 1B (1) Julio Zuleta (FSH)
(2) Masahiro Araki (CD) 2B (1) Yuuichi Hori (CLM)
(*) Makoto Imaoka (HT) 3B (1) Toshiaki Imae (CLM)
(3) Hirokazu Ibata (CD) SS (1) Tsuyoshi Nishioka (CLM)
(5) Tomoaki Kanemoto (HT) OF (*) Kazuhiro Wada (SL)
(1) Norichika Aoki (YS) OF (1) Katsuhiko Miyaji (FSH)
(2) Norihiro Akahoshi (HT) OF (1) Matt Franco (CLM)
DH (*) Nobuhiko Matsunaka (FSH)
(The *'s are -- Imaoka won twice as a second baseman but this is his first at 3B, Wada won as a DH once but this is his third consecutive in the outfield, and Matsunaka won three times as a 1B but this is his first as a DH.)

Does it strike anyone else as weird that Nishioka won Best Nine as a shortstop and Golden Glove as a second baseman?
Re: 2005 Best Nine
[ Author: Guest | Posted: Nov 14, 2005 11:41 AM ]

That's Japanese baseball for ya! I also love the limits they put on how many foreigners are allowed to be on the All-Star team. Nice! I can understand a limit for the regular season, but the All-Star game is for the best players.
Re: 2005 Best Nine
[ Author: Christopher | Posted: Nov 14, 2005 2:55 PM | HAN Fan ]

What strikes me as strange is that Imaoka won the Best Third Base award for the Central League. His batting was phenominal, true, but his fielding was not good.
Re: 2005 Best Nine
[ Author: Jen Wei | Posted: Nov 28, 2005 6:44 PM | HNHF Fan ]

I feel that in Central League got 3 outfielders of the new generation. They are Shima, Tamura, and Aoki. Especially compared to the past few years, there's a lot of difference.

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