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2003 Nippon Series Records

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2003 Nippon Series Records
Nikkan Sports reported Tuesday morning (October 28, 2003) of a number of new records for a seven game Nippon Series:
  • Attendance: 289,640
  • Team Strike Outs: Daiei batters struck out 58 times
  • Team Total Bases: Daiei hit for 113 bases
And tied record for a seven game Series:
  • Most Third Basemen Played: Hanshin played 5 (third time)
  • Most Runs Scored: Daiei's Valdez scored 8 times (5th player)
  • Most Triples: Daiei's Kawasaki hit 2 (5th player)
  • Most Home Runs: Hanshin's Kanemoto and Daiei's Johjima hit 4 (5th and 6th players respectively)
  • Hit Into Double Plays: Hanshin's Hiyama hit into 2 (many others)
  • Most Hit Batsmen: Hanshin hit 5 Daiei players (3rd time)
  • Most Pitching Apperances: Hanshin's Yoshino appeared in 6 of the 7 games (7th player)
  • Least Walks Allowed (at least 10 innings): Daiei's Sugiuchi gave up 0 walks in 15 innings (6th player)
Other overall notes include:
  • Johjima climbed to a tie with two others at #7 for career Nippon Series home runs with 9 (out of 18 games).
  • Johjima became the second player after Nagashima to hit four home runs in a single Series twice.
  • Hirosawa, at 41 years and 6 months of age, became the oldest player to hit a home run in the Nipppon Series.
  • Hanshin recorded the first back to back sayonara Nippon Series victories in Games 3 and 4.
  • Kanemoto tied the record for hitting home runs in three consecutive Nippon Series games (Games 3, 4, and 5).
  • Wada became the 6th rookie to throw a complete game (Game 7).
  • As Basebill pointed out, this is the first Nippon Series where each home team won all of their games.
  • Hoshino-kantoku became the third manager to lose three Nippon Series' in a row (1988, 1999, 2003).
  • Daiei out-hit Hanshin .282 to .200.
  • Hanshin, picked as having the better bullpen, had a Series ERA of 5.11 compared to Daiei's 2.43.
  • As Daiei, the franchise has doubled it's Nippon Series victories over the last five years. As Nankai, they were 2 and 8 in the Nippon Series, Daiei is 2 and 1.
Once again, this was a great Series.
Re: 2003 Nippon Series Records
[ Author: PLNara | Posted: Oct 29, 2003 9:06 AM | HT Fan ]

Just a thought: so this year's Nippon Series set a new attendance record. For all the talk we hear about the exodus of NPB stars to MLB being bad for Japanese baseball, maybe it's actually better. The Giants' loss of Matsui, for example, might have helped make for a more balanced, competitive league in which fans from all over Japan could enjoy a more exciting season from their local team.

Oh well. Whether that's the case or not, it was an exciting season.

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