Who on earth got one vote…Yamamoto failed to win 99.6% unanimous award for three consecutive years, and he played in one shortstop game, so what’s one vote?

For the third year in a row, the “Monster” Yoshinobu Yamamoto, 25, failed to win a unanimous vote for Best Nine. He received 266 of the 267 total votes for the Pacific League pitcher. That’s 99.6 percent of the vote, just one vote shy of unanimity. It’s the third straight year he’s been named to the “Best 9” after leading the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts for three straight years, winning the Sawamura Award for three straight years and the Golden Glove for three straight years.

In 23 games, he went 16-6 with a 1.21 ERA, 169 strikeouts, and a 7.32 winning percentage. It was a dominant performance without peer. He won five more games than the second-place finisher in the Pacific League and led both leagues in ERA.토토사이트

He also posted the lowest ERA of the 20th century, surpassing the 1.27 posted by Masahiro Tanaka (35-Rakuten) in 2011 and 2013. Yamamoto is the closest thing we have to a perfect pitcher, but one vote went to someone else.

Team senior Yoshihisa Hirano received one vote. The 39-year-old closer is an 18-year pro with major league experience.

In 42 games this year, Hirano has a 29-5 record (3-2) with a 1.13 ERA. He helped the Orix win their third straight league title. However, he is not considered a top closer.

Yuki Matsui (28, Rakuten) has 39 saves and Naoya Matsuda (34, Chiba Lotte) has 36 saves to round out the Pacific League’s 1-2 in saves. Roberto Osuna (28-SoftBank), the reigning major league saves champion, posted a 0.92 ERA. He did it in 49 innings, nine more than Hirano.

Hirano’s only claim to fame is his 250th career save, which he reached last October. He went 8-48 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners from 2018-2020. He once led the league with 40 saves in 2014.

The Nippon Professional Baseball “Best 9,” which recognizes the best players by position, is voted on by journalists from newspapers, news agencies, and broadcasters who have covered professional baseball for at least five years.

With 16 wins, Katsuki Azuma (28, Yokohama) received 217 of 305 valid votes, or 71.1%, to top the Central League pitchers. Shoki Murakami (25-Hanshin), who led the league in ERA (1.75), received 73 votes. Unlike the Pacific League, the Central League had eight players receiving votes. Trevor Bauer (31-Yokohama), who has been talked about all season as a possible Cy Young Award winner, received one vote.

Outfielder Gensuke Kondo (30-SoftBank) received 261 of 267 votes, the highest percentage (97.8%) of any Pacific League player. He tied for first in home runs and led the league in RBIs in his rookie year. A free agent with the Nippon Ham Fighters, Gondo signed a seven-year, 5 billion yen deal with the SoftBank Hawks last offseason. In the Central League, Hanshin Tigers championship-winning outfielder Koji Jikamoto, 29, received the most votes (298 – 97.7%).

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