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Iwakuma Wins Sawamura Award

by Patrick Newman (Nov 3, 2008)

This year's Sawamura Award selection committee agreed with me and choose Rakuten ace Hisashi Iwakuma as the recipient of this year's award. Here's a YouTube clip of the game that really put Iwakuma over the top.

Runner-up Yu Darvish had an outstanding year, meeting all seven guidelines for selection, but in the end Iwakuma's win total and slightly better era won out. Said selection committee member Choji Murata: "Darvish is a pitcher who can take the award again from next year".


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