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The Central League
Central League
(セントラル・リーグ, Sentoraru Rīgu) or Ce League (セリーグ, Se Rīgu) is one of the two professional baseball leagues that constitute Nippon Professional Baseball
Baseball
in Japan. The winner of the league championship plays against the winner of the Pacific League in the annual Japan
Japan
Series. It currently consists of six teams from around the country. Unlike the Pacific League, designated hitters are not used during Central League
Central League
home games.

Contents

1 History 2 Current teams 3 Central League
Central League
pennant winners 4 Central League
Central League
Climax Series
Climax Series
winners 5 Central League
Central League
statistics 6 Most Valuable Pitcher 7 Best Nine Awards 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

History[edit] The Central League
Central League
was founded in 1949 with eight teams: four holdovers from the previous Japanese Baseball
Baseball
League — the Chunichi Dragons, the Hanshin Tigers, the Yomiuri Giants, and the Shochiku Robins (formerly the Taiyō Robins) — and four new teams — the Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Carp, the Kokutetsu Swallows, the Nishi Nippon Pirates, and the Taiyō Whales. The Nishi Nippon Pirates existed for one season — they placed sixth in 1950, and the following season merged with the also Fukuoka-based Nishitetsu Clippers
Nishitetsu Clippers
(a member of the Pacific League) to form the Nishitetsu Lions, who joined the Pacific League. This brought the number of Central League
Central League
teams down to an ungainly arrangement of seven. Ryuji Suzuki became president of the Central League
Central League
in 1952.[1] In 1952, it was decided that any team ending the season with a winning percentage below .300 would be disbanded or merged with other teams. The Shochiku Robins fell into this category, and were merged with the Taiyō Whales
Taiyō Whales
to become the Taiyō Shochiku Robins in January 1953. This enabled the Central League
Central League
to shrink to an even number of six teams. Ryuji Suzuki retired as CL president in 1984 after 33 years at the post.[1] In 2007, a new Climax Series
Climax Series
was introduced. This playoff series was inspired by the stepladder playoff used in the Pacific League for the top three teams of the league to determine which one progressed to the Japan
Japan
Series. Under the previous system, there was no post-season playoff and the winner of the pennant automatically qualified for the Japan
Japan
Series. Current teams[edit]

Team Japanese Name Place Stadium Sponsor

Chunichi Dragons 中日ドラゴンズ Chūnichi Doragonzu Nagoya, Aichi Nagoya
Nagoya
Dome Chunichi Shimbun

Hanshin Tigers 阪神タイガース Hanshin Taigāsu Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Hanshin Koshien Stadium Hanshin Electric Railway

Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Toyo Carp 広島東洋カープ Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Tōyō Kāpu Hiroshima, Hiroshima MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima Matsuda family (founding family of Mazda)

Tokyo
Tokyo
Yakult
Yakult
Swallows ヤクルトスワローズ Tōkyō Yakuruto Suwarōzu Shinjuku, Tokyo Meiji Jingu Stadium Yakult

Yokohama
Yokohama
DeNA
DeNA
BayStars 横浜DeNAベイスターズ Yokohama
Yokohama
DeNA
DeNA
Beisutāzu Yokohama, Kanagawa Yokohama
Yokohama
Stadium DeNA

Yomiuri Giants 読売ジャイアンツ Yomiuri Jaiantsu Bunkyo, Tokyo Tokyo
Tokyo
Dome Yomiuri Shimbun

Central League
Central League
pennant winners[edit]

2017 Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Toyo Carp 2016 Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Toyo Carp 2015 Tokyo
Tokyo
Yakult
Yakult
Swallows 2014 Yomiuri Giants 2013 Yomiuri Giants 2012 Yomiuri Giants 2011 Chunichi Dragons 2010 Chunichi Dragons 2009 Yomiuri Giants 2008 Yomiuri Giants 2007 Yomiuri Giants 2006 Chunichi Dragons 2005 Hanshin Tigers 2004 Chunichi Dragons 2003 Hanshin Tigers 2002 Yomiuri Giants 2001 Yakult
Yakult
Swallows 2000 Yomiuri Giants 1999 Chunichi Dragons 1998 Yokohama
Yokohama
BayStars 1997 Yakult
Yakult
Swallows 1996 Yomiuri Giants 1995 Yakult
Yakult
Swallows 1994 Yomiuri Giants 1993 Yakult
Yakult
Swallows 1992 Yakult
Yakult
Swallows 1991 Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Toyo Carp 1990 Yomiuri Giants 1989 Yomiuri Giants 1988 Chunichi Dragons 1987 Yomiuri Giants 1986 Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Toyo Carp 1985 Hanshin Tigers 1984 Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Toyo Carp 1983 Yomiuri Giants 1982 Chunichi Dragons 1981 Yomiuri Giants 1980 Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Toyo Carp 1979 Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Toyo Carp 1978 Yakult
Yakult
Swallows 1977 Yomiuri Giants 1976 Yomiuri Giants 1975 Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Toyo Carp 1974 Chunichi Dragons 1973 Yomiuri Giants 1972 Yomiuri Giants 1971 Yomiuri Giants 1970 Yomiuri Giants 1969 Yomiuri Giants 1968 Yomiuri Giants 1967 Yomiuri Giants 1966 Yomiuri Giants 1965 Yomiuri Giants 1964 Hanshin Tigers 1963 Yomiuri Giants 1962 Hanshin Tigers 1961 Yomiuri Giants 1960 Taiyo Whales 1959 Yomiuri Giants 1958 Yomiuri Giants 1957 Yomiuri Giants 1956 Yomiuri Giants 1955 Yomiuri Giants 1954 Chunichi Dragons 1953 Yomiuri Giants 1952 Yomiuri Giants 1951 Yomiuri Giants 1950 Shochiku Robins

Central League
Central League
Climax Series
Climax Series
winners[edit]

2017 Yokohama
Yokohama
DeNA
DeNA
BayStars 2016 Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Toyo Carp 2015 Tokyo
Tokyo
Yakult
Yakult
Swallows 2014 Hanshin Tigers 2013 Yomiuri Giants 2012 Yomiuri Giants 2011 Chunichi Dragons 2010 Chunichi Dragons 2009 Yomiuri Giants 2008 Yomiuri Giants 2007 Chunichi Dragons

Central League
Central League
statistics[edit]

Team First Second Third

Yomiuri Giants 36 12 12

Chunichi Dragons 9 23 14

Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Toyo Carp 8 6 10

Yakult
Yakult
Swallows 7 5 6

Hanshin Tigers 5 18 15

Yokohama
Yokohama
BayStars 2 4 11

Shochiku Robins 1 0 0

Nishi Nippon Pirates 0 0 0

Most Valuable Pitcher[edit]

See: Best Nine Award#Other notes

Best Nine Awards[edit] Main article: Best Nine Award See also[edit]

Baseball
Baseball
in Japan
Japan
portal

Pacific League

References[edit]

^ a b "SUZUKI, Ryuji," The Baseball
Baseball
Hall of Fame and Museum (Japan). Accessed March 27, 2015.

External links[edit]

(in Japanese) Official website Japanese Baseball
Baseball
Data Archive at The Baseball
Baseball
Guru List of players at Japanese Baseball

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Chunichi Dragons Hanshin Tigers Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Toyo Carp Tokyo
Tokyo
Yakult
Yakult
Swallows Yokohama
Yokohama
DeNA
DeNA
BayStars Yomiuri Giants

Pacific League

Chiba Lotte Marines Fukuoka
Fukuoka
SoftBank Hawks Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Orix Buffaloes Saitama Seibu Lions Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

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Japan
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Baseball
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MVP Award

1950: Kozuru 1951: Kawakami 1952: Bessho 1953: Otomo 1954: Sugishita 1955: Kawakami 1956: Bessho 1957: Yonamine 1958: Fujita 1959: Fujita 1960: Akiyama 1961: Nagashima 1962: Murayama 1963: Nagashima 1964: Oh 1965: Oh 1966: Nagashima 1967: Oh 1968: Nagashima 1969: Oh 1970: Oh 1971: Nagashima 1972: Horiuchi 1973: Oh 1974: Oh 1975: Yamamoto 1976: Oh 1977: Oh 1978: Wakamatsu 1979: Enatsu 1980: Yamamoto 1981: Egawa 1982: Nakao 1983: Hara 1984: Kinugasa 1985: Bass 1986: Kitabeppu 1987: Yamakura 1988: G. Kaku 1989: Cromartie 1990: Saito 1991: Sasaoka 1992: Howell 1993: Furuta 1994: Kuwata 1995: O'Malley 1996: H. Matsui 1997: Furuta 1998: Sasaki 1999: Noguchi 2000: H. Matsui 2001: Petagine 2002: H. Matsui 2003: Igawa 2004: Kawakami 2005: Kanemoto 2006: Fukudome 2007: Ogasawara 2008: Ramírez 2009: Ramírez 2010: Wada 2011: Asao 2012: Abe 2013: Balentien 2014: Sugano 2015: Yamada 2016: Arai 2017: Maru

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