Asia Series

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Asia Series
Most recent season or competition:
2013 Asia Series
Asia Series.png
Formerly Konami Cup
Sport Baseball
Inaugural season 2005
No. of teams 6
Country  Australia (2011– )
 China (2005–2008, 2012)
 Europe (2013– )
 Japan
 South Korea
 Taiwan
Most recent
champion(s)
Australia Canberra Cavalry (1st title)
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
European Union CEB European Cup (CEB)
South Korea KBO League (KBO)
Japan NPB

The Asia Series is an annual international club baseball competition, currently contested by the champions of all four World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) associated leagues – Australian Baseball League (ABL), Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL), Korea Baseball Organization League (KBO League), Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) – along with the CEB European Cup holder and the host city,[1] to bring the number of teams up to six.

The competition was co-sponsored by NPB Association and Konami from 2005 to 2007 and was therefore known as the Konami Cup. Furthermore, the participation was limited to the East Asian countries (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China). The tournament was stopped between 2009 and 2010 due to the withdrawal of Konami and the related financing issues. It was re-introduced in 2011 in the form as we know it today, and has been hosted since then by Taiwan and South Korea, unlike the Konami Cup, which was held in Japan.

Background[edit]

The Asia Series began in 2005 as a tournament among the champions of NPB, KBO League and CPBL and an All-Star team from China Baseball League (CBL), which was called China Stars. Konami co-sponsored the competition until 2007, why the 2008 season became the first Asia Series. Additionally, it was the first time, that the champion of CBL was appointed for the tournament, instead of an All-Star line-up.

The withdrawal of Konami raised in the following years financing issues. The 2009 season was reduced to a single-game championship between the champions of NPB and KBO League and held at the Nagasaki Stadium. The Yomiuri Giants won against the Kia Tigers by 9–4.[2]

A potential 2010 season was then cancelled due to a conflict with the 2010 Asian Games[3] and replaced by another sets of Club Championship. The KBO League champion SK Wyverns first split the two-game championship with CPBL champion Brother Elephants at the Taichung Stadium, before being defeated in a single-game championship by the NPB champion Chiba Lotte Marines at the Tokyo Dome with 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 ABL. The CPBL offered to host the event in November 2011. The ABL, whose season runs from November through February, added a bye week in its schedule to allow the champion of the season before to participate in the Asia Series.

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 CEB European Cup champion. Due to the CBL's hiatus that year, the tournament remained at six teams.

The 2014 and 2015 seasons were cancelled due to scheduling issues.[5]

Format[edit]

Each of the 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.[6] All games have the designated hitter rule in effect, though not all participating teams would have it in their regular league.

Participants[edit]

Country 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
 Japan (NPB) Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes Yes Yes N/A
 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 (CEB) Yes

Finals results[edit]

2005–2008[edit]

Konami Cup / Asia Series
Season Host City Champions Score Runners-up MVP No. of Teams
2005
Details
Japan
Tokyo
Japan
Chiba Lotte Marines
5–3 South Korea
Samsung Lions
Philippines Benny Agbayani
Chiba Lotte Marines
4
2006
Details
Japan
Tokyo
Japan
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
1–0 Taiwan
La New Bears
Japan Yu Darvish
Hok. Nippon-Ham Fighters
4
2007
Details
Japan
Tokyo
Japan
Chunichi Dragons
6–5 South Korea
SK Wyverns
Japan Hirokazu Ibata
Chunichi Dragons
4
2008
Details
Japan
Tokyo
Japan
Saitama Seibu Lions
1–0 Taiwan
Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions
Japan Tomoaki Satoh
Saitama Seibu Lions
4

2011–[edit]

Asia Series
Season Host City Champions Score Runners-up MVP No. of Teams
2011
Details
Taiwan
Tainan
South Korea
Samsung Lions
5–3 Japan
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
South Korea Won-Sam Jang
Samsung Lions
4
2012
Details
South Korea
Busan
Japan
Yomiuri Giants
6–3 Taiwan
Lamigo Monkeys
Japan Hayato Sakamoto
Yomiuri Giants
6
2013
Details
Taiwan
Tainan
Australia
Canberra Cavalry
14–4 Taiwan
Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions
United States Jack Murphy
Canberra Cavalry
6
2014 N/A Cancelled (in favour of 2014 MLB Japan All-Star Series) N/A
2015 Cancelled (in favour of 2015 WBSC Premier 12)
2016
Details
TBD

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 (CEB) 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

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