2012 Nippon Professional Baseball season

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2012 NPB season
League Nippon Professional Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration March 30, 2012 – November 3, 2012
Central League Pennant
League champions Yomiuri Giants
  Runners-up Chunichi Dragons
Season MVP Shinnosuke Abe (YOM)
Pacific League Pennant
League champions Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
  Runners-up Saitama Seibu Lions
Season MVP Mitsuo Yoshikawa (NIP)
Climax Series
CL champions Yomiuri Giants
  CL runners-up Chunichi Dragons
PL champions Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
  PL runners-up Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Japan Series
Champions Yomiuri Giants
  Runners-up Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
Finals MVP Tetsuya Utsumi (YOM)
NPB seasons

The 2012 Nippon Professional Baseball season is the 63rd season since the NPB was reorganized in 1950.

Regular season standings[edit]

Central League regular season standings
Team G W L T Pct. GB
Yomiuri Giants 144 86 43 15 .667
Chunichi Dragons 144 75 53 16 .586 10.5
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 144 68 65 11 .511 20.0
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 144 61 71 12 .462 26.5
Hanshin Tigers 144 55 75 14 .423 31.5
Yokohama DeNA BayStars 144 46 85 13 .351 41.0
Pacific League regular season standings
Team G W L T Pct. GB
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 144 74 59 11 .556
Saitama Seibu Lions 144 72 63 9 .533 3.0
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 144 67 65 12 .508 6.5
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 144 67 67 10 .500 7.5
Chiba Lotte Marines 144 62 67 15 .481 10.0
Orix Buffaloes 144 57 77 10 .425 17.5

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     1 Yomiuri Giants 4  
  2 Chunichi Dragons 2     2 Chunichi Dragons 3    
  3 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1         CL1 Yomiuri Giants 4
      PL1 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 2
  Pacific League     1 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 4    
  2 Saitama Seibu Lions 1     3 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 0  
  3 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 2  

First stage[edit]

The regular season league champions, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (PL) and the Yomiuri Giants (CL), received byes to the championship round.

Central League[edit]

Chunichi Dragons (2) vs. Tokyo Yakult Swallows (1)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 13 Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 1, Chunichi Dragons – 6 Nagoya Dome 3:11 31,146[1] 
2 October 14 Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 1, Chunichi Dragons – 0 Nagoya Dome 3:26 33,852[2] 
3 October 15 Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 1, Chunichi Dragons – 4 Nagoya Dome 3:39 23,264[3]

Pacific League[edit]

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (2) vs. Saitama Seibu Lions (1)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 13 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 2, Saitama Seibu Lions – 1 Seibu Dome 2:54 32,074[4] 
2 October 14 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 0, Saitama Seibu Lions – 8 Seibu Dome 3:23 33,918[5] 
3 October 15 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 3, Saitama Seibu Lions – 2 Seibu Dome 3:23 25,002[6]

Final stage[edit]

The regular season league champions, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (PL) and the Yomiuri Giants (CL), received a one-game advantage.

Central League[edit]

Yomiuri Giants (4) vs. Chunichi Dragons (3)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 17 Chunichi Dragons – 3, Yomiuri Giants – 1 Tokyo Dome 3:21 40,039[7] 
2 October 18 Chunichi Dragons – 5, Yomiuri Giants – 2 Tokyo Dome 3:40 39,135[8] 
3 October 19 Chunichi Dragons – 5, Yomiuri Giants – 4 Tokyo Dome 3:41 44,744[9] 
4 October 20 Chunichi Dragons – 1, Yomiuri Giants – 3 Tokyo Dome 2:57 46,158[10] 
5 October 21 Chunichi Dragons – 2, Yomiuri Giants – 3 Tokyo Dome 3:40 45,897[11] 
6 October 22 Chunichi Dragons – 2, Yomiuri Giants – 4 Tokyo Dome 3:18 44,351[12]

Pacific League[edit]

Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (4) vs. Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (0)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 17 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 2, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 3 Sapporo Dome 2:56 31,022[13] 
2 October 18 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 0, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 3 Sapporo Dome 3:17 23,610[14] 
3 October 19 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – 2, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 4 Sapporo Dome 3:16 37,166[15]

Japan Series[edit]

CL Yomiuri Giants (4) vs. PL Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (2)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 27 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 1, Yomiuri Giants – 8 Tokyo Dome 3:13 44,981[16] 
2 October 28 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 0, Yomiuri Giants – 1 Tokyo Dome 2:51 44,932[17] 
3 October 30 Yomiuri Giants – 3, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 7 Sapporo Dome 4:04 36,942[18] 
4 October 31 Yomiuri Giants – 0, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 1 Sapporo Dome 4:15 40,433[19] 
5 November 1 Yomiuri Giants – 10, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 2 Sapporo Dome 3:52 40,579[20] 
6 November 3 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – 3, Yomiuri Giants – 4 Tokyo Dome 3:22 45,018[21]

League leaders[edit]

Central League[edit]

Pacific League[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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