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2011 Nippon Professional Baseball season

The 2011 Nippon Professional Baseball season is the 62nd season since the NPB was reorganized in 1950. The season was delayed by the Tohoku earthquake. The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, based in northern Japan, and coached by Senichi Hoshino, were particularly affected by the quake, as the Miyagi Baseball Stadium was badly damaged.[citation needed]

2011 NPB season
League Nippon Professional Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 12, 2011 – November 20, 2011
Central League Pennant
League champions Chunichi Dragons
  Runners-up Tokyo Yakult Swallows
Season MVP Takuya Asao (CHU)
Pacific League Pennant
League champions Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
  Runners-up Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
Season MVP Seiichi Uchikawa (SOF)
Climax Series
CL champions Chunichi Dragons
  CL runners-up Tokyo Yakult Swallows
PL champions Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
  PL runners-up Saitama Seibu Lions
Japan Series
Champions Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
  Runners-up Chunichi Dragons
Finals MVP Hiroki Kokubo (SOF)
NPB seasons

Because of energy concerns following the earthquake, NPB also imposed restrictions on games during the regular season. A three-hour-thirty-minute rule was imposed. If a game went past the 3:30 mark, regardless of inning, the inning in question would be the last inning. A game would be called should any blackout occur during the game. The 3:30 clock starts at the first pitch of the game and continues in case of any delay.

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As the season ends, the Yokohama BayStars was renamed as Yokohama DeNA BayStars as the owner changes.

Contents

Regular season standingsEdit

Central League regular season standings
Team G W L T Pct. GB
Chunichi Dragons 144 75 59 10 .560
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 144 70 59 15 .543 2.5
Yomiuri Giants 144 71 62 11 .534 3.5
Hanshin Tigers 144 68 70 6 .493 9.0
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 144 60 76 8 .441 16.0
Yokohama BayStars 144 47 86 11 .353 27.5
Pacific League regular season standings
Team G W L T Pct. GB
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 144 88 46 10 .657
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 144 72 65 7 .526 17.5
Saitama Seibu Lions 144 68 67 9 .504 20.5
Orix Buffaloes 144 69 68 7 .504 20.5
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 144 66 71 7 .482 23.5
Chiba Lotte Marines 144 54 79 11 .406 33.5

Climax SeriesEdit

Note: All of the games that are played in the first two rounds of the Climax Series are held at the higher seed's home stadium. The team with the higher regular-season standing also advances if the round ends in a tie.

  First stage     Final stage     Japan Series
                           
  Central League     C1 Chunichi Dragons 4  
  C2 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2     C2 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2    
  C3 Yomiuri Giants 1         C1 Chunichi Dragons 3
      P1 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 4
  Pacific League     P1 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 4    
  P2 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 0     P3 Saitama Seibu Lions 0  
  P3 Saitama Seibu Lions 2  

First stageEdit

The regular season league champions, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (PL) and the Chunichi Dragons (CL), received byes to the championship round.

Central LeagueEdit

Tokyo Yakult Swallows (2) vs. Yomiuri Giants (1)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 29 Yomiuri Giants – 2, Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 3 Meiji Jingu Stadium 3:28 32,339[1] 
2 October 30 Yomiuri Giants – 6, Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 2 Meiji Jingu Stadium 3:24 32,148[2] 
3 October 31 Yomiuri Giants – 1, Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 3 Meiji Jingu Stadium 2:51 31,687[3]

Pacific LeagueEdit

Saitama Seibu Lions (2) vs. Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (0)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 29 Saitama Seibu Lions – 5, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 2 Sapporo Dome 3:55 42,063[4] 
2 October 30 Saitama Seibu Lions – 8, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 1 Sapporo Dome 3:15 41,926[5]

Final stageEdit

The regular season league champions, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (PL) and the Chunichi Dragons (CL), received a one-game advantage.

Central LeagueEdit

Chunichi Dragons (4) vs. Tokyo Yakult Swallows (2)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 November 2 Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 1, Chunichi Dragons – 2 Nagoya Dome 3:05 34,689[6] 
2 November 3 Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 3, Chunichi Dragons – 1 Nagoya Dome 2:53 38,414[7] 
3 November 4 Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 2, Chunichi Dragons – 1 Nagoya Dome 3:50 37,599[8] 
4 November 5 Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 1, Chunichi Dragons – 5 Nagoya Dome 3:08 38,342[9] 
5 November 6 Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 1, Chunichi Dragons – 2 Nagoya Dome 2:51 38,252[10]

Pacific LeagueEdit

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (4) vs. Saitama Seibu Lions (0)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 November 3 Saitama Seibu Lions – 2, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 4 Yahoo Dome 2:57 37,025[11] 
2 November 4 Saitama Seibu Lions – 2, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 7 Yahoo Dome 3:10 35,021[12] 
3 November 5 Saitama Seibu Lions – 1, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 2 Yahoo Dome 4:00 37,025[13]

Japan SeriesEdit

PL Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (4) vs. CL Chunichi Dragons (3)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 November 12 Chunichi Dragons – 2, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 1 Fukuoka Dome 3:31 34,457[14] 
2 November 13 Chunichi Dragons – 2, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 1 Fukuoka Dome 3:44 34,758[15] 
3 November 15 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 4, Chunichi Dragons – 2 Nagoya Dome 3:22 38,041[16] 
4 November 16 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 2, Chunichi Dragons – 1 Nagoya Dome 3:40 38,041[17] 
5 November 17 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 5, Chunichi Dragons – 0 Nagoya Dome 3:49 38,051[18] 
6 November 19 Chunichi Dragons – 2, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 1 Fukuoka Dome 3:07 34,927[19] 
7 November 20 Chunichi Dragons – 0, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 3 Fukuoka Dome 3:30 34,737[20]

League leadersEdit

Central LeagueEdit

Pacific LeagueEdit

ReferencesEdit

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