The way to win a pitching Golden Glove in Japan is more or less just to be a successful pitcher.
I keep records of how many times players lead their leagues in different offensive categories in a given season. For pitchers, that’s wins, losses, saves, holds, winning percentage, innings pitched, strikeouts and ERA.
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Nippon Professional Baseball’s Golden Glove announcements kicked off the offseason media-polled award cycle with few surprises. I am, however, interested in who receives votes, and who, over the years, have received the greatest share of the votes cast.
While the entire undertaking for all the votes since 1972 is a monumental undertaking, NPB has made it easier by publishing the vote totals since 2003, so I wrote a program to scrape those pages and got a record of every player to receive a vote since that year.
I decided to split the 19-year span into one segment of nine seasons (2003 to 2011) and one of 10 (2012-2021), and spill out the three players for each position, nine for the outfield, with the largest share of the votes during those spans.
I’m going to focus on that second period here. You can find the first group in a different post.
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