2011 Central League Most Valuable Player Award

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The 2011 Central League Most Valuable Player Award went to Takuya Asao of the Chunichi Dragons, who led the 2011 Central League with 79 appearances while posting a 0.41 ERA. He also won the Gold Glove. Asao was the first reliever to win the CL MVP since Kazuhiro Sasaki in 1998; unlike Sasaki, Asao was not a full-time closer, setting up Hitoki Iwase mostly. Asao was 7-2 with 10 saves.

Voting Results[edit]

 Name, Team, Position  1st Place/2nd Place/3rd Place votes  Total vote pts
  1. Takuya Asao, Chunichi Dragons, P 170/55/4 1,019
  2. Kazuki Yoshimi, Chunichi Dragons, P 70/156/7 825
  3. Tetsuya Utsumi, Yomiuri Giants, P 2/9/46 83
  4. Hisayoshi Chono, Yomiuri Giants, OF, 4/9/33 80
  5. Motonobu Tanishige, Chunichi Dragons, C 3/4/21 48
  6. Shinya Miyamoto, Yakult Swallows, 3B 0/5/29 44
  7. Hitoki Iwase, Chunichi Dragons, P 0/0/21 21
  8. Kazuhiro Hatakeyama, Yakult Swallows, 1B 0/3/7 16
  9. Maximo Nelson, Chunichi Dragons, P 0/1/3 6
  10. Norichika Aoki, Yakult Swallows, OF 0/1/3 6
  11. Shohei Tateyama, Yakult Swallows, P 0/0/5 5
  12. Shinnosuke Abe, Yomiuri Giants, C 1/0/0 5
  13. Matt Murton, Hanshin Tigers, OF 0/0/5 5
  14. Tony Blanco, Chunichi Dragons, 1B 0/0/3 3
  15. Takashi Toritani, Hanshin Tigers, SS 0/1/0 3
  16. Wladimir Balentien, Yakult Swallows, OF 0/0/1 1
  17. Keiichi Hirano, Hanshin Tigers, 2B 0/0/1 1
  18. Bryan Bullington, Hiroshima Carp, P 0/0/1 1
  19. Kenta Kurihara, Hiroshima Carp, 1B 0/0/1 1 1

7 voters did not pick any second-place finisher; 54 did not vote for third place