2021 Nippon Professional Baseball season

The 2021 Nippon Professional Baseball season was the 72nd season of professional baseball in Japan since Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) was reorganized in 1950. There were 12 NPB teams, split evenly between the Central League and Pacific League.

2021 NPB season
LeagueNippon Professional Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationMarch 26 – November 21
Number of games143
Number of teams12
Central League Pennant
League championsTokyo Yakult Swallows
  Runners-upHanshin Tigers
Pacific League Pennant
League championsOrix Buffaloes
  Runners-upChiba Lotte Marines
Climax Series
CL championsTokyo Yakult Swallows
  CL runners-upYomiuri Giants
PL championsOrix Buffaloes
  PL runners-upChiba Lotte Marines
Japan Series
ChampionsTokyo Yakult Swallows
  Runners-upOrix Buffaloes
Finals MVPYuhei Nakamura (Yakult)
NPB seasons
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Following the All-Star Series held on 16–17 July, the regular season went on hiatus in preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympics baseball tournament. The season resumed on 13 August. In the postseason, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows defeated the Orix Buffaloes in the Japan Series.

Regular season standingsEdit

Central League regular season standings[1]
Pos Team G W L T Pct. GB Home Road
1 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 143 73 52 18 .584 36–29–7 37–23–11
2 Hanshin Tigers 143 77 56 10 .579 1 36–31–4 41–25–6
3 Yomiuri Giants 143 61 62 20 .496 11½ 32–30–10 29–32–10
4 Hiroshima Toyo Carp 143 63 68 12 .481 14 30–34–8 33–34–4
5 Chunichi Dragons 143 55 71 17 .437 19 33–27–11 22–44–6
6 Yokohama DeNA BayStars 143 54 73 16 .425 20½ 27–37–7 27–36–9
Pacific League regular season standings[2]
Rank Team G W L T Pct. GB Home Road
1 Orix Buffaloes 143 70 55 18 .560 38–22–12 32–33–6
2 Chiba Lotte Marines 143 67 57 19 .540 33–32–7 34–25–12
3 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 143 66 62 15 .514 31–33–8 35–29–7
4 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 143 60 62 21 .492 31–29–11 29–33–10
5 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 143 55 68 20 .447 14 25–36–10 30–32–10
6 Saitama Seibu Lions 143 55 70 18 .440 15 30–34–7 25–36–11

InterleagueEdit

Regular season interleague standings[3]
Team G W L T Win% GB Home Away
Orix Buffaloes 18 12 5 1 .706 7–1–1 5–4
Hanshin Tigers 18 11 7 0 .611 3–6 8–1
Yokohama DeNA BayStars 18 9 6 3 .600 2 6–2–1 3–4–2
Chunichi Dragons 18 9 7 2 .563 5–2–2 4–5
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 18 10 8 0 .556 5–4 5–4
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 18 9 8 1 .529 3 3–5–1 6–3
Saitama Seibu Lions 18 7 7 4 .500 5–3–1 2–4–3
Chiba Lotte Marines 18 8 9 1 .471 4 5–4 3–5–1
Yomiuri Giants 18 7 8 3 .467 4 4–3–2 3–5–1
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 18 7 11 0 .389 2–7 5–4
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 18 5 9 4 .357 3–4–2 2–5–2
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 18 3 12 3 .200 8 2–6–1 1–6–2

Climax SeriesEdit

  First Stage     Final Stage     Japan Series
                           
  Central League     1 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3  
  2 Hanshin Tigers 0     3 Yomiuri Giants 0    
  3 Yomiuri Giants 2         CL1 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4
      PL1 Orix Buffaloes 2
  Pacific League     1 Orix Buffaloes 3    
  2 Chiba Lotte Marines 1     2 Chiba Lotte Marines 0  
  3 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 0  

First StageEdit

Central LeagueEdit

Yomiuri Giants won the series, 2–0.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 November 6 Yomiuri Giants − 4, Hanshin Tigers − 0 Koshien Stadium 3:11 21,478[4] 
2 November 7 Yomiuri Giants − 4, Hanshin Tigers − 2 Koshien Stadium 3:33 21,492[5]

Pacific LeagueEdit

Chiba Lotte Marines won the series, 1−0−1 as a higher seed.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 November 6 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles − 4, Chiba Lotte Marines − 5 Zozo Marine Stadium 3:10 14,904[6] 
2 November 7 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles − 4, Chiba Lotte Marines − 4 Zozo Marine Stadium 3:07 14,891[7]

Final StageEdit

The series started with a 1–0 advantage for the first-placed team.

Central LeagueEdit

Tokyo Yakult Swallows won the series, 3−0−1 as a higher seed.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 November 10 Tokyo Yakult Swallows − 4, Yomiuri Giants − 0 Meiji Jingu Stadium 2:38 17,792[8] 
2 November 11 Tokyo Yakult Swallows − 5, Yomiuri Giants − 0 Meiji Jingu Stadium 3:19 17,230[9] 
3 November 12 Tokyo Yakult Swallows − 2, Yomiuri Giants − 2 Meiji Jingu Stadium 3:08 19,022[10]

Pacific LeagueEdit

Orix Buffaloes won the series, 3−0−1 as a higher seed.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 November 10 Orix Buffaloes − 1, Chiba Lotte Marines − 0 Kyocera Dome Osaka 2:23 17,915[11] 
2 November 11 Orix Buffaloes − 2, Chiba Lotte Marines − 0 Kyocera Dome Osaka 2:42 17,913[12] 
3 November 12 Orix Buffaloes − 3, Chiba Lotte Marines − 3 Kyocera Dome Osaka 3:33 18,006[13]

Japan SeriesEdit

Tokyo Yakult Swallows won the series, 4–2.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 November 20 Orix Buffaloes – 4, Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 3 Kyocera Dome Osaka 3:46 19,297[14] 
2 November 21 Orix Buffaloes – 0, Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 2 Kyocera Dome Osaka 2:56 17,075[15] 
3 November 23 Tokyo Yakult Swallows − 5, Orix Buffaloes − 4 Tokyo Dome 3:45 24,565[16] 
4 November 24 Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 2, Orix Buffaloes – 1 Tokyo Dome 2:50 20,617[17] 
5 November 25 Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 5, Orix Buffaloes – 6 Tokyo Dome 3:16 20,580[18] 
6 November 27 Orix Buffaloes – 1, Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 2 (12) Hotto Motto Field 5:00 15,239[19]

League leadersEdit

Central LeagueEdit

Pacific LeagueEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "2021 Pacific League Standings". Retrieved October 23, 2021.
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