2011 Nippon Professional Baseball season

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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
Japan Series MVP Hiroki Kokubo (SOF)
NPB seasons

The 2011 baseball season in Japan 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. [1]

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.

Regular season standings[edit]

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 Series[edit]

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 stage[edit]

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

Central League[edit]

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 League[edit]

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 stage[edit]

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

Central League[edit]

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 League[edit]

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 Series[edit]

Main article: 2011 Japan Series

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 leaders[edit]

Central League[edit]

Pitching leaders
Stat Player Team Total
Wins Tetsuya Utsumi
Kazuki Yoshimi
Yomiuri Giants
Chunichi Dragons
18
Losses Kentaro Takasaki Yokohama BayStars 15
Earned run average Kazuki Yoshimi Chunichi Dragons 1.65
Strikeouts Kenta Maeda Hiroshima Toyo Carp 192
Innings pitched Kenta Maeda Hiroshima Toyo Carp 216
Saves Kyuji Fujikawa Hanshin Tigers 41

Pacific League[edit]

Batting leaders
Stat Player Team Total
Batting Average Seiichi Uchikawa Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks .338
Home runs Takeya Nakamura Saitama Seibu Lions 48
Runs batted in Takeya Nakamura Saitama Seibu Lions 116
Runs Takeya Nakamura Saitama Seibu Lions 97
Hits Tomotaka Sakaguchi Orix Buffaloes 175
Stolen bases Yuichi Honda Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 60
Pitching leaders
Stat Player Team Total
Wins D. J. Houlton
Masahiro Tanaka
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
19
Losses Yoshihisa Naruse
Masaru Takeda
Hideaki Wakui
Chiba Lotte Marines
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
Saitama Seibu Lions
12
Earned run average Masahiro Tanaka Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 1.27
Strikeouts Yu Darvish Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 276
Innings pitched Yu Darvish Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 232
Saves Hisashi Takeda Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 37

References[edit]

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