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[NPB NOTEBOOK] Satoshi Nakajima Beats Out Munetaka Murakami for Shoriki Award

The Orix dugout boss guided the Pacific League team to its first Japan Series title in 26 years, and a manager won the Shoriki Award for the fifth straight season.

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Orix Buffaloes manager Satoshi Nakajima speaks at a parade to celebrate the team's 2022 Japan Series title on November 3 in Osaka. (ⒸSANKEI)

This article first appeared on SportsLook, JAPAN Forward's dedicated sports website.

Orix Buffaloes manager Satoshi Nakajima was named the winner of the Matsutaro Shoriki Award on Tuesday, November 8 after guiding his team to their first Japan Series championship in 26 years last month.

Nakajima beat out Triple Crown-winning slugger Munetaka Murakami of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, who were beaten four games to two (there was also a tie) in the Japan Series.

The Shoriki Award is named after the former owner of the Yomiuri Giants who created Japan's first professional league. It is given to the player or manager who makes the greatest contribution to Japanese baseball.

Since 2001, it has been awarded to the Japan Series-winning manager with only four exceptions.

Giving the award to Nakajima over Murakami was something of a surprise given that the 22-year-old Murakami surpassed legendary slugger Sadaharu Oh's mark of 55 homers in a season.

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Murakami belted his 56th in the last game of the season on October 3 and electrified fans all season long with his superb batting.

Read the full story on SportsLook.


Author: Jim Armstrong

The author is a longtime journalist who has covered sports in Japan for more than 25 years. You can find his articles here.

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