On November 9, 2017 — Breaking a trend, the Matsutaro Shoriki Award is given to a player rather than a manager for the first time in years. Dennis Sarfate of the Softbank Hawks wins after shattering the Nippon Pro Baseball season record by saving 54 games. He is the first foreign player to win the award and the second foreigner; Bobby Valentine had won as a manager.

 


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