2007 Nippon Professional Baseball season

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2007 NPB season
League Nippon Professional Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration March 24, 2007 – November 1, 2007
Regular season
Season MVP CL: Michihiro Ogasawara (YOM)
PL: Yu Darvish (NIP)
Postseason
CL champions Chunichi Dragons
  CL runners-up Yomiuri Giants
PL champions Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
  PL runners-up Chiba Lotte Marines
Japan Series
Champions Chunichi Dragons
  Runners-up Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
Japan Series MVP Norihiro Nakamura (CHU)
NPB seasons

The 2007 Nippon Professional Baseball season was the 58th season since the NPB was reorganized in 1950.

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Central League[edit]

Central League
G W L T Win% GB
Yomiuri Giants 144 80 63 1 .559
Chunichi Dragons 144 78 64 2 .549
Hanshin Tigers 144 74 66 4 .529
Yokohama BayStars 144 71 72 1 .497 9
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 144 60 82 2 .423 19½
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 144 60 84 0 .417 20½


Pacific League[edit]

Pacific League
G W L T Win% GB
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 144 79 60 5 .568
Chiba Lotte Marines 144 76 61 7 .555 2
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 144 73 66 5 .525 6
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 144 67 75 2 .472 13½
Seibu Lions 144 66 76 2 .465 14½
Orix Buffaloes 144 62 77 5 .446 17


Climax Series[edit]

Climax Series was firstly introduced in this season. It was inspired by the playoff system introduced by Pacific League between 2004 and 2006, in which the top three teams of the league will play in a stepladder knockout to decide the team to play in the Japan Series. The system was a success when Pacific League's teams won all the Japan Series since the introduction of such system. This is also the Central League's first participation in playoff system since 1949.

Climax Series does not affect the team's standings, nor individual's record in the Regular Season.

  1st stage     2nd stage     2007 Japan Series
                           
  Central League     C1  Yomiuri Giants 0  
  C2  Chunichi Dragons 2     C2  Chunichi Dragons 3    
  C3  Hanshin Tigers 0         C2  Chunichi Dragons 4
      P1  Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 1
  Pacific League     P1  Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 3    
  P2  Chiba Lotte Marines 2     P2  Chiba Lotte Marines 2  
  P3  Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 1  

Leaders[edit]

Batting[edit]

Central League

Statistic Leader Team Result
Batting Average Norichika Aoki Tokyo Yakult Swallows .327
Runs Norichika Aoki Tokyo Yakult Swallows 114
Hits Alex Ramirez Tokyo Yakult Swallows 204*
Doubles Alex Ramirez Tokyo Yakult Swallows 41
Triples Hiroyasu Tanaka Tokyo Yakult Swallows 8
Home runs Shuichi Murata Yokohama BayStars 36
Runs batted in Alex Ramirez Tokyo Yakult Swallows 122
Stolen bases Masahiro Araki Chunichi Dragons 31
Walks Tyrone Woods Chunichi Dragons 121

*indicates league record

Pacific League

Statistic Leader Team Result
Batting average Atsunori Inaba Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters .334
Runs Hichori Morimoto Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 91
Hits Atsunori Inaba Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 176
Doubles Atsunori Inaba Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 39
Triples Daisuke Hayakawa Chiba Lotte Marines 8
Home runs Takeshi Yamasaki Rakuten Golden Eagles 43
Runs batted in Takeshi Yamasaki Rakuten Golden Eagles 108
Stolen bases Yasuyuki Kataoka Seibu Lions 38
Walks Tuffy Rhodes Orix Buffaloes 88

Pitching[edit]

Awards[edit]

Best Nine Awards[edit]

Central League

Position Player Team
P Hisanori Takahashi Yomiuri Giants
C Shinnosuke Abe Yomiuri Giants
1B Tyrone Woods Chunichi Dragons
2B Hiroyasu Tanaka Tokyo Yakult Swallows
3B Michihiro Ogasawara Yomiuri Giants
SS Hirokazu Ibata Chunichi Dragons
OF Norichika Aoki Tokyo Yakult Swallows
OF Alex Ramirez Tokyo Yakult Swallows
OF Yoshinobu Takahashi Yomiuri Giants

Pacific League

Position Player Team
P Yu Darvish Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
C Tomoya Satozaki Chiba Lotte Marines
1B Alex Cabrera Seibu Lions
2B Kensuke Tanaka Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
3B Greg LaRocca Orix Buffaloes
SS Tsuyoshi Nishioka Chiba Lotte Marines
OF Atsunori Inaba Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
OF Hichori Morimoto Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
OF Naoyuki Omura Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
DH Takeshi Yamasaki Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

Gold Gloves[edit]

Central League

Position Player Team
P Kenshin Kawakami Chunichi Dragons
C Motonobu Tanishige Chunichi Dragons
1B Andy Sheets Hanshin Tigers
2B Masahiro Araki Chunichi Dragons
3B Norihiro Nakamura Chunichi Dragons
SS Hirokazu Ibata Chunichi Dragons
OF Tatsuhiko Kinjo Yokohoma BayStars
OF Norichika Aoki Tokyo Yakult Swallows
OF Yoshinobu Takahashi Yomiuri Giants

Pacific League

Position Player Team
P Yu Darvish Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
C Tomoya Satozaki Chiba Lotte Marines
1B Kazuya Fukuura Chiba Lotte Marines
2B Kensuke Tanaka Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
3B Toshiaki Imae Chiba Lotte Marines
SS Tsuyoshi Nishioka Chiba Lotte Marines
OF Atsunori Inaba Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
OF Hichori Morimoto Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
OF Saburo Omura Chiba Lotte Marines

References[edit]