No one was chosen from the Players Selection Committee for the second year in a row.
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Given a market where he apparently didn't get a deal he liked and an offseason changed by the coronavirus, it's not hard to see why Sugano chose another year with the Kyojin.
The Tokyo Games will feature skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing in an effort to bring more young fans into the Olympic community.
The three-time Best Nine selectee returned to the Giants in 2019 at manager and former teammate Tatsunori Hara's request.
Kikuchi's award capped off a historic season in which the second baseman did not commit a single error for the Central League side.
The Giants ace and Hawks slugger each won the award for the second time.
The Japanese surfer and Olympic medal hopeful was preparing for the biggest year of his life when 2020 decided it had other plans.
Patton had a solid year under strange circumstances as COVID-19 forced NPB players and teams to deal with a lot as they tried to complete a season amid a pandemic.
Factors such as pitching have created a gulf on the field, while the PL has also innovated more with online broadcasting and brand marketing.
NPB's ability to admit just under 70,000 fans to the series' four games, held across two cities in domed venues, may provide hints to organizers aiming to pack Tokyo 2020 stands next summer.