2000 Japan Series

The 2000 Japan Series matched the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants against the Pacific League champion and defending Japan Series champion Fukuoka Daiei Hawks. The press called it the ON series because of the managers on both sides: Sadaharu Oh for the Hawks and Shigeo Nagashima for the Giants. The two were teammates in the 1960s and 1970s, and their combined hitting prowess gave them the nickname, "O-N Cannon."

2000 Japan Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
Yomiuri Giants (4) Shigeo Nagashima 78-57
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks (2) Sadaharu Oh 73-60-2
DatesOctober 21–28
MVPHideki Matsui (Yomiuri)
Broadcast
TelevisionNTV (Games 1, 2, 4, 6), TNC and Fuji TV (Game 3), RKB (Game 5)
← 1999 Japan Series 2001 →

Fukuoka Daiei HawksEdit

The defending Japan Series Champions were largely the same team that had taken the field in 1999, with one major exception: left-handed starter Kimiyasu Kudoh had departed as a free agent over the winter and signed with the Giants. The core of the team was still intact, with Kenji Johjima anchoring a strong lineup that also featured stars Nobuhiko Matsunaka and Hiroki Kokubo. Pitching-wise, the Hawks saw the big-stage debut of future right-handed ace Kazumi Saitoh, who would make three appearances in relief without giving up a run.

Yomiuri GiantsEdit

For the first time in four years, the Giants had reached the Japan Series. They had not won the series since 1994, when they faced the Seibu Lions. A lot had changed in the six years since they had won, but the plethora of stars that they had been building since the mid-1990s was finally enough to get back to the Japan Series. Yomiuri had a powerful middle of the order between aging slugger Kazuhiro Kiyohara and Hideki Matsui. The pitching staff featured established stars such as Kudoh and Hiromi Makihara.

SummaryEdit

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Giants – 3, Hawks – 5 October 21 Tokyo Dome 43,848[1]
2 Giants – 3, Hawks – 8 October 22 Tokyo Dome 43,850[1]
3 Hawks – 3, Giants – 9 October 23 Fukuoka Dome 36,625[1]
4 Hawks – 1, Giants – 2 October 26 Fukuoka Dome 36,701[1]
5 Hawks – 0, Giants – 6 October 27 Fukuoka Dome 36,787[1]
6 Giants – 9, Hawks – 3 October 28 Tokyo Dome 44,033[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f 2000年度日本シリーズ 試合結果 (in Japanese). Nippon Professional Baseball. Retrieved May 12, 2010.