Central League

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This article is about the Japanese baseball league. For other uses, see Central League (disambiguation).
Central League
Central League Logo.png
Sport Baseball
Founded 1949
No. of teams 6
Country Japan
Most recent champion(s) Yomiuri Giants (34th)
Most titles Yomiuri Giants (34)

The Central League (セントラル・リーグ Sentoraru Rīgu?) or Ce League (セリーグ Se Rīgu?) is one of the two professional baseball leagues that constitute Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan. The winner of the league championship plays against the winner of the Pacific League in the annual Japan Series. It currently consists of six teams from around the country.

The Central League was founded in 1949 with eight teams. Unlike the Pacific League, designated hitters are not used during Central League home games.

In 2007, a new Climax Series was introduced. This is a playoff series inspired by the stepladder playoff used in Pacific League for the top three teams of the league to determine who progresses to the Japan Series. Under the previous system, there was no post-season playoff and the winner of the pennant automatically qualified for the Japan Series.

Current teams[edit]

Team Japanese Name Place Stadium Sponsor
Chunichi Dragons 中日ドラゴンズ
Chūnichi Doragonzu
Nagoya, Aichi Nagoya Dome Chunichi Shimbun
Hanshin Tigers 阪神タイガース
Hanshin Taigāsu
Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Hanshin Koshien Stadium Hanshin Electric Railway
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 広島東洋カープ
Hiroshima Tōyō Kāpu
Hiroshima, Hiroshima MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima Matsuda family
(founding family of Mazda)
Tokyo Yakult Swallows ヤクルトスワローズ
Tōkyō Yakuruto Suwarōzu
Shinjuku, Tokyo Meiji Jingu Stadium Yakult
Yokohama DeNA BayStars 横浜DeNAベイスターズ
Yokohama DeNA Beisutāzu
Yokohama, Kanagawa Yokohama Stadium DeNA
Yomiuri Giants 読売ジャイアンツ
Yomiuri Jaiantsu
Bunkyo, Tokyo Tokyo Dome Yomiuri Shimbun

Central League pennant winners[edit]

Central League Climax Series winners[edit]

  • 2014 Hanshin Tigers
  • 2013 Yomiuri Giants
  • 2012 Yomiuri Giants
  • 2011 Chunichi Dragons
  • 2010 Chunichi Dragons
  • 2009 Yomiuri Giants
  • 2008 Yomiuri Giants
  • 2007 Chunichi Dragons

Central League statistics[edit]

Team Pennants Runners-up
Yomiuri Giants 34 11
Chunichi Dragons 9 21
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 6 6
Yakult Swallows 6 4
Hanshin Tigers 5 14
Yokohama BayStars 2 4
Shochiku Robins 1 0
Nishinippon Pirates 0 0

Most Valuable Pitcher[edit]

See: Best Nine Award#Other notes

Best Nine Awards[edit]

Main article: Best Nine Award

See also[edit]

External links[edit]