Sunday, November 4, 2018

Card Of The Week November 4

The 2018 Nippon Series ended yesterday with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks defeating the Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2-0 in Game Six, clinching the Hawks' second consecutive title and fourth in five years. As I've done the past few years I'm going to highlight the Series award winners.  The winners of these awards used to have extra cards in BBM's annual Nippon Series set that was published from 1991 to 2012.

Series MVP Takuya Kai (2012 BBM Hawks #H77)

"Fighting Spirit" Seiya Suzuki (2013 Front Runner Carp Season Summary #16)

Outstanding Player Yuito Mori (2014 BBM Young Hawks - Futures & Legends #09) 

Outstanding Player Akira Nakamura (2015 BBM Hawks #H60)

Outstanding Player Yuki Yanagita (2012 BBM Celebration Of Hawks #26)
Series MVP Takuya Kai set a record for throwing out six consecutive Carp base runners.  I had forgotten that Kai was originally an ikusei player - he was drafted in the sixth round of the ikusei phase of the 2010 draft and wasn't signed to the Hawks' 70-man roster until 2014.  (The Hawks also took Kodai Senga as an ikusei player in the same draft which probably makes that the best ikusei draft by a team ever.)

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