Kenji Jojima of the Japan Series champion Daiei Hawks and Kei Igawa of the Central League pennant-winning Hanshin Tigers were named the Most Valuable Players of the 2003 baseball season on Wednesday.

Catcher Jojima, who batted .330 with a team-high 182 hits, 34 homers and 119 RBIs, and southpaw Igawa, the first Tigers pitcher in 24 years to post 20 wins, both received the awards for the first time in their careers.

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