Pitcher 4 crowns ‘25 years old’ Yamamoto 6.2 billion won 1st place, 56 home runs ‘23 years old’ Murakami 5.7 billion won 3rd place, NPB annual salary ranking changed dramatically
The wind of generational change also blew through the annual salary rankings.
Ace Yamamoto Yoshinobu (25, Orix Buffaloes), who represents Japanese professional baseball, rose to the highest-paid player this season. As of the 25th, when all registered players finished negotiating their salaries, Yamamoto, a 7-year-old pro, took first place. He renewed the contract for 650 million yen (approximately 6.2 billion won), up 280 million yen from 370 million yen last year. It is the ‘top’ of all Japanese professional baseball, including FA (free agent). 메이저놀이터
2021 18-5 losses-average ERA 1.39-206 strikeouts-0.783 win rate, last year 15-5 losses-1.68-205 strikeouts-0.750.
Over the past two years, he has stood tall as the best pitcher incomparable with his overwhelming pitch. He became the first player in Japanese professional baseball history to win the 4th pitcher crown for two consecutive years, and received the Pacific League MVP and the Sawamura Award given to the best starting pitcher for two consecutive years. Certain rewards followed his top performance.
Yamamoto is the main player in winning the Tokyo Olympics held in 2021. Last season, he went 9 innings with no hits and no runs against the Seibu Lions. Along with Yu Darvish (29, San Diego Padres) and Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Angels), he is the main starting pitcher of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) Japanese national team.
Lee Jung-hoo (25, Heroes) and Yamamoto, who were born in 1998, are planning to enter the major leagues through the posting system after this season, just like Lee Jung-hoo. Two players representing the pitching of both leagues side by side
I took a ‘top’. Lee Jung-hoo renewed the contract for 1.1 billion won. This is the highest salary for a single-year contract, except for special cases such as free agency, multi-year contracts, and returning to overseas players.
Murakami Munetaka (23, Yakult Swallows), the strong fourth hitter of the Japanese national team. In his sixth professional year, he jumped to third overall. His annual salary this year is 600 million yen (approximately 5.72 billion won). 380 million yen soared from 220 million yen last year. Last December, he signed an unusual multi-year contract even though he was not a free agent. He signed a three-year contract for a total of 1.8 billion yen and an average annual salary of 600 million yen.
Murakami, who set a new record for the most home runs by a Japanese batter last year (56), won three batting crowns and won the Central League MVP for two consecutive years. The 22-year-old had a brilliant performance in his fifth professional year.
Yanagita Yuki (35, Softbank Hawks) is second with 620 million yen, Sakamoto Hayato (35, Yomiuri Giants) is tied for third with 600 million yen, and Yamada Tetsut (31, Yakult) is tied for 5th with 500 million yen. seated All three players are veterans with multi-year free agent contracts. Yanagita and Sakamoto are out of the national team this time, and Yamada is a strong second baseman.
Masahiro Tanaka (35, Rakuten Eagles), who kept first place last year, fell to ninth place. He signed for 475 million yen, a reduction of 425 million yen from 900 million yen. Tanaka, who returned from the major leagues, received the highest annual salary in a row from 2021 to 2022.
His grades did not keep up with his fame and salary. He went 9-12 with an earned run average of 3.31 in 25 games last year.