Chiba Lotte Marines infielder Toshiaki Imae will see his annual salary quadruple to 55 million yen in 2006 from this year’s 13.5 million yen after winning the Japan Series MVP award in his breakout season.
The 22-year-old hit .310 with eight homers and 71 RBIs in 132 games. In the postseason, he went 4-for-4 each in the first two games to set a Japan Series record with eight hits in his first eight plate appearances as Lotte swept the Hanshin Tigers for its first series title since 1974.
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