Asia Series

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Asia Series
Current season, competition or edition:
2013 Asia Series
Asia series 2011.jpg
Formerly Konami Cup
Sport Baseball
Inaugural season 2005
No. of teams 6
Countries  Australia (from 2011)
 China (20052008; 2012)
 Europe (from 2013)
 Japan
 South Korea
 Taiwan
Most recent champion(s) Australia Canberra Cavalry (2013)
Most titles Australia Canberra Cavalry
Japan Chiba Lotte Marines
Japan Chunichi Dragons
Japan Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
Japan Saitama Seibu Lions
South Korea Samsung Lions
Japan Yomiuri Giants
(1 each)
Related competitions Australia ABL
China CBL
Taiwan CPBL
Europe European Cup (CEB)
South Korea KBO
Japan NPB

The Asia Series is an international club-level baseball tournament in East Asia that was first held in 2005. It features the annual champions of Nippon Professional Baseball, Chinese Professional Baseball League, the Korean Baseball Organization, the Australian Baseball League, and (beginning with the 2013 Asia Series) the European Cup champion,[1] as well as an additional team from the host city. The China Baseball League, which did not hold any games during 2013, has also historically participated in the tournament.

Background[edit]

The Asia Series began as a tournament among the annual champions of Nippon Professional Baseball's (NPB) Japan Series, the Korea Baseball Organization's (KBO) Korean Series, the Chinese Professional Baseball League's (CPBL) Taiwan Series, and the China Baseball League's (CBL) championship series. (Prior to 2008 a China Baseball League all-star team, the China Stars, participated in the series instead of the league champion.) The tournament was sponsored by Konami from 2005 to 2007 and was known as the Konami Cup during that period.

The Asia Series was placed on hold due to financing issues following the withdrawal of Konami, reducing 2009's pan-Asian postseason to a single Club Championship game between the Japanese and Korean champions at Nagasaki, with the Yomiuri Giants defeating the Kia Tigers, 9–4.[2]

A potential 2010 revival was then cancelled due to a conflict with the 2010 Asian Games[3] and replaced with another round of club championship games. The Korean champion SK Wyverns split a two-game series with CPBL champion Brother Elephants in Taiwan, before being defeated by the NPB's Chiba Lotte Marines at the Tokyo Dome, 3–0.[4]

The subject of re-introducing the event for 2011 was discussed in a November 2010 meeting between the heads of the NPB, KBO, CPBL, and Australian Baseball League (ABL). The CPBL offered to host the event in November 2011. The ABL champion Perth Heat participated, with the ABL (whose season runs from November through February) adding a bye week to allow for it.

In 2013, Fortitudo Baseball Bologna of the Italian Baseball League competed as the first representative of Europe to participate in the tournament, qualifying as the 2013 European Cup champions. Due to the CBL's hiatus that year, the tournament remained at six teams.

Format[edit]

Each of the four teams participates in a round-robin series, playing each other team once. The two teams with the best win-loss percentage face each other in the final, with the team finishing higher considered the "home team", meaning that they have the advantage of batting last. In previous tournaments, if teams were tied a series of tiebreakers were used to decide which teams qualified for the final and in what order, firstly using the head-to-head win-loss records amongst tied teams, and if necessary the ranking based on the lowest team run average.[5] All games have the designated hitter rule in effect, though not all participating teams would have it in their regular league.

Participation[edit]

Country 2005 2006 2007 2008 2011 2012 2013
 Japan (NPB) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 South Korea (KBO) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Taiwan (CPBL) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 China (CBL) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Australia (ABL) Yes Yes Yes
 Europe (EC) Yes


Finals results[edit]

Season Host
Nation
Champions Score Runners-up MVP
2005
Japan
Japan
Chiba Lotte Marines
5–3 South Korea
Samsung Lions
Benny Agbayani
(Chiba Lotte Marines)
2006
Japan
Japan
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
1–0 Taiwan
La New Bears
Yu Darvish
(Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters)
2007
Japan
Japan
Chunichi Dragons
6–5 South Korea
SK Wyverns
Hirokazu Ibata
(Chunichi Dragons)
2008
Japan
Japan
Saitama Seibu Lions
1–0 Taiwan
Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions
Tomoaki Satoh
(Saitama Seibu Lions)
2011
Taiwan
South Korea
Samsung Lions
5–3 Japan
Fukuoka Softbank Hawks
Won-Sam Jang
(Samsung Lions)
2012
South Korea
Japan
Yomiuri Giants
6–3 Taiwan
Lamigo Monkeys
Hayato Sakamoto
(Yomiuri Giants)
2013
Taiwan
Australia
Canberra Cavalry
14–4 Taiwan
Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions
Jack Murphy
(Canberra Cavalry)

Series records[edit]

By country[edit]

Country Champions Runners-up Participated Years Won Years Finalist
 Japan (NPB) 5 1 7 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012 2011
 South Korea (KBO) 1 2 7 2011 2005, 2007
 Australia (ABL) 1 0 3 2013
 Taiwan (CPBL) 0 4 7 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013
 China (CBL) 0 0 5
 Italy (EC) 0 0 1

By club[edit]

Club Champions Runners-up Participated Years
Won
Years
Finalist
Games
Won
Games
Lost
Games
Pct.
South Korea Samsung Lions 1 1 5 2011 2005 9 7 .563
Japan Chiba Lotte Marines 1 0 1 2005 4 0 1.000
Japan Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 1 0 1 2006 4 0 1.000
Japan Yomiuri Giants 1 0 1 2012 3 0 1.000
Japan Chunichi Dragons 1 0 1 2007 3 1 .750
Japan Saitama Seibu Lions 1 0 1 2008 3 1 .750
Australia Canberra Cavalry 1 0 1 2013 3 1 .750
Taiwan Lamigo Monkeys1 0 2 2 2006, 2012 4 3 .571
Taiwan Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions 0 2 4 2008, 2013 6 8 .429
Japan Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 0 1 1 2011 3 1 .750
South Korea SK Wyverns 0 1 2 2007 5 2 .714
Japan Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 0 0 1 2 1 .667
South Korea Lotte Giants 0 0 1 1 1 .500
Taiwan EDA Rhinos2 0 0 2 1 4 .200
China China Stars 0 0 4 0 11 .000
Australia Perth Heat 0 0 2 0 5 .000
Italy Fortitudo Baseball Bologna 0 0 1 0 2 .000
China Tianjin Lions 0 0 1 0 3 .000
  • 1: Participated in 2006 under its old name La New Bears
  • 2: Participated in 2005 under its old name Sinon Bulls

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2013/10/02/bologna-italy-to-play-in-asia-series/76f72236-3fde-4c85-a372-7428c5a8c19e
  2. ^ History of Asia Series - Cancellation of 2009 Asia Series and Follow-Up. (Traditional Chinese/English). Retrieved on November 24, 2011.
  3. ^ Yoon Chul. Asia Series Likely Off Due to Schedule Conflict. The Korea Times; January 28, 2010. Retrieved on November 24, 2011.
  4. ^ History of Asia Series - Cancellation of 2010 Asia Series and Follow-Up. (Traditional Chinese/English). Retrieved on November 24, 2011.
  5. ^ "Asia Series 2011 opens November 25" (Press release). International Baseball Federation. 19 May 2011. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 

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