Agbayani, a 34-year-old St. Louis
High School and HPU alum, went 4-for-12 at the plate, slammed
two homers and nine RBI’s in the final three games of
the Konami Cup, and was named Most Valuable Player of the four-nation
Asian club championship, held Nov. 10-13 at the Tokyo Dome.
The Konami Cup, in its first year, showcased the top Asian professional
club teams from Japan (Chiba Marines), Korea (Samsung Lions),
Taiwan (Sinon Bulls), and an All-Star team from mainland China.
Agbayani, who plans to return to Hawai‘i with his wife
and two daughters, received the Volkswagon for his MVP performance,
and plans to leave it in Japan for next season.
In the championship game against Korea’s Samsung Lions,
Agbayani smacked a two-run double in the bottom of the third
inning to break a 1-1 tie. The Marines went on to a 5-3 victory.
Chiba Lotte swept the four-nation Asian championship after dispatching
the Hanshin Tigers in the Japan Series.
Agbayani plans to return to Chiba next season, where he’ll
probably play again for manager Bobby Valentine, who is close
to re-signing with the club. Valentine was Agbayani’s manager
when he played for the New York Mets from 1988 to 2001.