Shikoku Island League Plus

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Shikoku Island League Plus
ShikokuIslandLeaguelogo.png
Sport Baseball
Founded 2005
No. of teams 4
Country  Japan
Most recent champion(s) Kagawa Olive Guyners
Most titles Kagawa Olive Guyners (4)

The Shikoku Island League Plus (四国アイランドリーグplus Shikoku Airando Rīgu purasu?) is a baseball league on the islands of Shikoku in Japan. Neither the Central nor the Pacific League has a team based in Shikoku.

IBLJ Inc. operates the league. IBLJ (which chose its name as an abbreviation of "Independent Baseball League of Japan"), founded by commentator and former professional baseball player Hiromichi Ishige, initially held all the rights to the teams, leadership, and players, but in 2006 established separate corporations for the teams. The company has its headquarters in Takamatsu.

Prior to December 2007, the league was known as the Shikoku Island League. On December 1, 2007, it expanded to include franchises in Kyūshū, and changed its name accordingly, Shikoku-Kyūshū Island League (四国・九州アイランドリーグ Shikoku-Kyūshū Airando Rīgu?).

Teams[edit]

The league has four teams.

Team Founded City Stadium Team color
Ehime Mandarin Pirates 2005 Ehime Prefecture Botchan Stadium
Kagawa Olive Guyners 2005 Kagawa Prefecture Rexxam Stadium
Kochi Fighting Dogs 2005 Kōchi Prefecture Kochi Municipal Baseball Stadium
Tokushima Indigo Socks 2005 Tokushima Prefecture JA Bank Tokushima Stadium

Former Teams

Team Founded City
Fukuoka Red Warblers 2008 Fukuoka Prefecture
Mie Three Arrows 2009 Mie Prefecture
Nagasaki Saints 2008 Nagasaki Prefecture

Each team has 22 players, two coaches, and one manager.

League play[edit]

Each team plays 90 games annually, 45 at home and 45 away. With the 2008 expansion, each team's schedule changed to 80 games a year, 40 at home and 40 away, so the season consists of 240 games. Teams attempt to schedule games for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Friday games are nighters. Until 2011 season, in Kōchi, team lacked the necessary lighting equipment.

The Shikoku Island League uses designated hitters.

One technique the league uses to strengthen its ties to the locales where it plays is to have those players who come from Shikoku play for their home teams. Even if they are not regulars, they often appear as designated hitters, pinch hitters, relief pitchers, and substitutes.

League statistics[edit]

Team League Champion half-season Champion
Kagawa Olive Guyners 5 8
Kochi Fighting Dogs 2 2
Tokushima Indigo Socks 1 1
Ehime Mandarin Pirates 0 2
Nagasaki Saints 0 1
Fukuoka Red Warblers 0 0
Mie Three Arrows 0 0

Sponsors[edit]

The Shikoku Island League has two principal sponsors. They are the Shikoku Railway Company (JR Shikoku) and the Shikoku Coca Cola Bottling Company. Other sponsors include Taiyo Oil Company, Shikoku Meiji Dairies, Japan Airlines, sporting goods maker Mizuno Corp., Internet service provider Biglobe, convenience store chain FamilyMart, and Nihon McDonald's.

History[edit]

The first game in the league took place on April 29, 2005. On November 10, 2005, the Kochi Fighting Dogs won the first league championship.

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