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Nippon Professional Baseball Most Valuable Player Award
The Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award (最優秀選手, Saiyūshūsenshu) is an annual Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) award given to two outstanding players, one each for the Central League (CL) and Pacific League (PL).
Each league's award is voted on by national baseball writers. Each voter selects three players: a first-place selection is given five points, a second-place selection three points, and a third-place selection one point. The award goes to the player who receives the most overall points. The winners are announced every year in November during Nippon Professional Baseball's awards ceremony called NBP Awards.
The first recipient of the award was Eiji Sawamura. The most recent winners, in 2020, are Tomoyuki Sugano, from the Central League, and Yuki Yanagita, from the Pacific League. In 1940, Victor Starffin became the first player to win the award consecutively and multiple times. Eiji Sawamura and Kazuhisa Inao are the youngest players to receive the awards in 1937 and 1957, respectively, at the ages of 20. In 1988, Hiromitsu Kadota became the oldest player to receive the award at the age of 40.
|RBIs||Runs batted in|
|Pitchers||Record||Record of decisions (tie games are omitted)|
|Saves||Number of saves[B]|
|ERA||Earned run average|
|(#)||Indicates number of times winning MVP Award (if multiple winner)|
|*||Elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame|
Japanese Baseball League (1937–1949)
|Eiji Sawamura*||Tokyo Kyojin||Pitcher|||
|Harris McGalliard||Korakuen Eagles||Catcher|||
|Hisanori Karita*||Tokyo Senators||Second baseman|||
|Haruyasu Nakajima*||Tokyo Kyojin||Outfielder|||
|1939||Victor Starffin*||Tokyo Kyojin||Pitcher|||
|1940||Victor Starffin* (2)||Tokyo Kyojin||Pitcher|||
|1941||Tetsuharu Kawakami*||Tokyo Kyojin||First baseman|||
|1942||Shigeru Mizuhara*||Tokyo Kyojin||Second baseman|||
|1943||Shosei Go*||Tokyo Kyojin||Outfielder|||
|1944||Tadashi Wakabayashi*||Hanshin Baseball Club||Pitcher|||
|1946||Kazuto Tsuruoka*||Great Ring||Infielder|||
|1947||Tadashi Wakabayashi* (2)||Osaka Tigers||Pitcher|||
|1948||Kazuto Tsuruoka* (2)||Nankai Hawks||Third baseman|||
|1949||Fumio Fujimura*||Osaka Tigers||Third baseman|||
Nippon Professional Baseball (1950–present)
There have been 22 players who have won the award multiple times. Sadaharu Oh currently holds the record for the most awards won, with nine. Hisashi Yamada (1976–1978) and Ichiro Suzuki (1994–1996) share the record for the most consecutive awards won. Yutaka Enatsu and Michihiro Ogasawara are the only players to have won the award in both the Central League and Pacific League. Alex Ramírez is the only non-Japanese player receive the award multiple times after the formation of two league system.
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