Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters infielder Brandon Laird has won the Nihon Seimei’s MVP monthly awards (second time in his NPB career) for the month of May batting .333 with 10 homeruns and 27 RBIs in 23 games played last month in the Pacific league division, earning himself a nifty prize money worth 300,000 Yen (2,750 USD) for winning the award.
And with that prize money he just got today, Brandon Laird said in an interview that he will waste no time buying the latest Nintendo product, the well known Nintendo Switch, and wants to find it as soon as possible before it goes out of stock from nearby stores. Laird also said that he will use the extra money to buy more Sushi, still living up to his nickname as the “Sushi Boy” in Japan due to his everlasting love for Sushi.
Brandon Laird is currently hitting .247/.313/.506 with 15 homeruns and 40 RBIs in 53 games played this season. Laird struggled back in the month of April to start the season hitting near the Mendoza line, but certainly bounced back after that.
Here are the other players from their respective divisions who won the MVP monthly awards in the month of May.
(Central league division)
- Yomiuri Giants pitcher (starter), Tomoyuki Sugano – went 3-2 with a 2.68 ERA in 37 innings pitched (5 games) in the month of May.
- Chunichi Dragons outfielder, Dayan Viciedo – finished the month of May batting .341 with 8 homeruns and 25 RBIs (25 games).
(Pacific league division)
- Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher (starter), Takahiro Norimoto – went 4-0 with an ERA of 2.25 in 32 innings pitched with 1 CGSO in the month of May, also became NPB’s new record holder with 7 consecutive double digits strikeout game, surpassing the previous NPB record held by Hideo Nomo in year 1991.
- Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters infielder, Brandon Laird – batted mostly in the number 5 spot in the lineup, he also hit a homerun in 4 consecutive at-bats back in May 12 to May 13 against the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Tokyo Dome.