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2016 Nippon Professional Baseball season

The 2016 Nippon Professional Baseball season is the 67th season since the NPB was reorganized in 1950.

2016 NPB season
League Nippon Professional Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration March 25 – October 29, 2016
Central League Pennant
League champions Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Pacific League Pennant
League champions Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
Climax Series
CL champions Hiroshima Toyo Carp
  CL runners-up Yokohama DeNA BayStars
PL champions Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
  PL runners-up Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Japan Series
Champions Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
  Runners-up Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Finals MVP Brandon Laird
NPB seasons

Contents

IncidentsEdit

A gambling scandal involving members of the Yomiuri Giants was reported in October. Pitchers Satoshi Fukuda, Shoki Kasahara, and Ryuya Matsumoto were found to have bet on both NPB games and Major League Baseball games, as well as high school baseball.[1][2]

Regular season standingsEdit

Central League regular season standings[3]
Pos Team G W L T Pct. GB Home Road
1 xHiroshima Toyo Carp 143 89 52 2 .631 51–20–1 38–32–1
2 yYomiuri Giants 143 71 69 3 .507 17.5 40–31–1 31–38–2
3 yYokohama DeNA BayStars 143 69 71 3 .493 19.5 38–33–1 31–38–2
4 Hanshin Tigers 143 64 76 3 .457 24.5 31–39–1 33–37–2
5 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 143 64 78 1 .451 25.5 40–30–1 24–48–0
6 Chunichi Dragons 143 58 82 3 .414 30.5 32–36–3 26–46–0
Pacific League regular season standings[4]
Pos Team G W L T Pct. GB Home Road
1 xHokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 143 87 53 3 .621 45–24–2 42–29–1
2 yFukuoka SoftBank Hawks 143 83 54 6 .606 2.5 40–28–3 43–26–3
3 yChiba Lotte Marines 143 72 68 3 .514 15.0 38–33–1 34–35–2
4 Saitama Seibu Lions 143 64 76 3 .457 23.0 34–36–1 30–40–2
5 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 143 62 78 3 .443 25.0 36–35–1 26–43–2
6 Orix Buffaloes 143 57 83 3 .407 30.0 30–40–2 27–43–1

x – clinched league pennant and Final Stage Climax Series berth
y – clinched First Stage Climax Series berth

Climax SeriesEdit

Note: In each league's stepladder playoff system (Climax Series), all games in that series are held at the higher seed's home stadium. The team with the higher regular-season standing also advanced if the round ended in a tie.

  First Stage     Final Stage     Japan Series
                           
  Central League     1 Hiroshima Toyo Carp 4  
  2 Yomiuri Giants 1     3 Yokohama DeNA BayStars 1    
  3 Yokohama DeNA BayStars 2         CL1 Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2
      PL1 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 4
  Pacific League     1 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 4    
  2 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 2     2 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 2  
  3 Chiba Lotte Marines 0  

First stageEdit

Central LeagueEdit

Yomiuri Giants (1) vs. Yokohama DeNA BayStars (2)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 8 Yokohama DeNA BayStars – 5, Yomiuri Giants – 3 Tokyo Dome 3:19 45,633 
2 October 9 Yokohama DeNA BayStars – 1, Yomiuri Giants – 2 Tokyo Dome 2:47 45,683 
3 October 10* Yokohama DeNA BayStars – 4, Yomiuri Giants – 3 Tokyo Dome 4:21 45,477

Pacific LeagueEdit

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (2) vs. Chiba Lotte Marines (0)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 8 Chiba Lotte Marines – 3, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 4 Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome 3:10 36,077 
2 October 9 Chiba Lotte Marines – 1, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 4 Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome 3:16 38,500

Final stageEdit

Central LeagueEdit

Hiroshima Toyo Carp (4) vs. Yokohama DeNA BayStars (1)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 12 Yokohama DeNA BayStars – 0, Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 5 Mazda Stadium 2:48 31,276 
2 October 13 Yokohama DeNA BayStars – 0, Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 3 Mazda Stadium 2:58 31,264 
3 October 14 Yokohama DeNA BayStars – 3, Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 0 Mazda Stadium 3:19 31,291 
4 October 15 Yokohama DeNA BayStars – 7, Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 8 Mazda Stadium 3:26 31,313

Pacific LeagueEdit

Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (4) vs. Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (2)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 12 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 0, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 6 Sapporo Dome 2:55 36,633 
2 October 13 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 6, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 4 Sapporo Dome 3:40 26,548 
3 October 14 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 1, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 4 Sapporo Dome 3:17 39,456 
4 October 15 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 5, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 2 Sapporo Dome 3:07 41,138 
5 October 16 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 4, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 7 Sapporo Dome 3:15 41,138

Japan SeriesEdit

Hiroshima Toyo Carp (2) vs. Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (4)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 22 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 1, Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 5 Mazda Stadium 3:39 30,619 
2 October 23 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 1, Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 5 Mazda Stadium 3:18 30,638 
3 October 25 Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 3, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 4 (10) Sapporo Dome 3:51 40,503 
4 October 26 Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 1, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 3 Sapporo Dome 3:30 40,599 
5 October 27 Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 1, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 5 Sapporo Dome 3:32 40,633 
6 October 29 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 10, Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 4 Mazda Stadium 4:01 30,693

League leaders [5]Edit

Central LeagueEdit

Pacific LeagueEdit

Attendances[6]Edit

Team Total attendance Home average
Yomiuri Giants 3,004,108 41,724
Hanshin Tigers 2,910,562 40,994
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 2,492,983 35,112
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2,157,331 29,963
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 2,078,981 29,281
Chunichi Dragons 2,058,381 28,991
Yokohama DeNA Baystars 1,939,146 26,933
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1,779,460 25,063
ORIX Buffaloes 1,794,475 24,923
Saitama Seibu Lions 1,618,194 22,791
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 1,620,961 22,513
Chiba Lotte Marines 1,526,932 21,207

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "More pitchers involved in gambling scandal in Japan baseball". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Two more Giants pitchers involved in baseball gambling, panel finds". Japan Times. Kyodo News. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  3. ^ http://npb.jp/bis/eng/2016/stats/std_c.html
  4. ^ http://npb.jp/bis/eng/2016/stats/std_p.html
  5. ^ http://npb.jp/bis/eng/2015/stats/
  6. ^ http://nbakki.hatenablog.com/entry/2016_Season_Attendance_Figures_of_NPB