Jim Albright / the japanese insider
By Jim Albright
All successful managers have stars on their teams, because it is those stars who fuel the success of those teams. Managers sometimes develop the stars, sometimes they get the most out of those stars, and sometimes they just join with them in creating success. Either way, the relationship is there. This article tries to identify all the players who could reasonably be callled stars for more than one season for the most successful managers in Japanese baseball history.
Managers were selected as among the most successful in Japanese baseball history if they met one of two criteria:
1) achieved 20 or more success points in the manager's success point system (see here for details of the system).
2) are in the Japanese Hall of Fame and achieved 15 points or more in the manager's success point system.
Players were considered stars if they either:
1) are in the Japanese Hall of Fame and had at least two seasons for the manager in question which were representative of his overall play. This rule is necessary for players who predate consistent awards of Best Nines and Sawamuras. It is also the only rule which has any subjective element.
2) Meets one or more of the following criteria in at least two seasons playing for the manager in question:
a) Won a Best Nine Award; b) Won a Sawamura Award; c) Won a MVP Award; d) scored at least five points in the triple crown categories (avg, RBI and HR for hitters; ERA, strikeouts, and wins for pitchers) calculated on the basis of 4 points for best in the league among qualifying players in the category, 3 for second best, 2 for third best, and 1 for fourth best, and 0 for everyone else. e) Had 20 or more Estimated Win Shares. For more on the calculation of this, please see this article.
If you want to know which teams the manager led during his career, see this spreadsheet or this page.
Without further ado, here are the selections:
Kaoru Betto's Stars Top of List
Sadayoshi Fujimoto's Stars Top of List
Motoshi Fujita's Stars Top of List
Tatsuro Hirooka's Stars Top of List
Senichi Hoshino's Stars Top of List
Tetsuharu Kawakami's Stars Top of List
Takeshi Koba's Stars Top of List
Osamu Mihara's Stars Top of List
Shigeru Mizuhara's Stars Top of List
Masaaki Mori's Stars Top of List
Shigeru Nagashima's Stars Top of List
Yukio Nishimoto's Stars Top of List
Katsuya Nomura's Stars Top of List
Sadaharu Oh's Stars Top of List
Kazuto Tsuruoka's Stars Top of List
Toshiharu Ueda's Stars Top of List
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