2015 Nippon Professional Baseball Season
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2015 Nippon Professional Baseball Season
2015 NPB season
LeagueNippon Professional Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationMarch 27 – October 29, 2015
Central League Pennant
League championsTokyo Yakult Swallows
Pacific League Pennant
League championsFukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Climax Series
CL championsTokyo Yakult Swallows
  CL runners-upYomiuri Giants
PL championsFukuoka SoftBank Hawks
  PL runners-upChiba Lotte Marines
Japan Series
ChampionsFukuoka SoftBank Hawks
  Runners-upTokyo Yakult Swallows
Finals MVPLee Dae-ho (SOF)
NPB seasons

The 2015 Nippon Professional Baseball season was the 66th season since the NPB was reorganized in 1950. In the Central League, the Yakult Swallows claimed the pennant and defeated the Yomiuri Giants in the final stage of the Climax Series. In the Pacific League, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks won the penant and defeated the Chiba Lotte Marines in the final stage of the Climax Series.

Incidents

A gambling scandal involving members of the Yomiuri Giants was reported in October. Pitchers Satoshi Fukuda, Shoki Kasahara, and Ryuya Matsumoto were found to have bet on both NBP games and Major League Baseball games, as well as high school baseball.[1][2]

Regular season standings

Central League regular season standings
Team G W L T Pct. GB
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 143 76 65 2 .539 -
Yomiuri Giants 143 75 67 1 .528 1.5
Hanshin Tigers 143 70 71 2 .496 6.0
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 143 69 71 3 .493 6.5
Chunichi Dragons 143 62 77 4 .446 13.0
Yokohama DeNA BayStars 143 62 80 1 .437 14.5
Pacific League regular season standings
Team G W L T Pct. GB
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 143 90 49 4 .647 -
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 143 79 62 2 .560 12.0
Chiba Lotte Marines 143 73 69 1 .511 19.0
Saitama Seibu Lions 143 69 69 5 .500 20.5
Orix Buffaloes 143 61 80 2 .433 30.0
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 143 57 83 3 .410 33.0

Climax Series

Note: In each league's stepladder playoff system (Climax Series), all games in that series are held at the higher seed's home stadium. The team with the higher regular-season standing also advanced if the round ended in a tie.

  First Stage     Final Stage     Japan Series
                           
  Central League     1 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4  
  2 Yomiuri Giants 2     2 Yomiuri Giants 1    
  3 Hanshin Tigers 1         CL1 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1
      PL1 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 4
  Pacific League     1 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 4    
  2 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 1     3 Chiba Lotte Marines 0  
  3 Chiba Lotte Marines 2  

First stage

The regular season league champions, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (PL) and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows (CL), received byes to the championship round.

Central League

Yomiuri Giants (2) vs. Hanshin Tigers (1)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 10 Hanshin Tigers - 2, Yomiuri Giants - 3 Tokyo Dome 3:40 45,298 
2 October 11 Hanshin Tigers - 4, Yomiuri Giants - 2 Tokyo Dome 3:48 46,698 
3 October 12 Hanshin Tigers - 1, Yomiuri Giants - 3 Tokyo Dome 2:48 46,067

Pacific League

Chiba Lotte Marines (2) vs. Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (1)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 10 Chiba Lotte Marines - 9, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters - 3 Sapporo Dome 3:28 41,138 
2 October 11 Chiba Lotte Marines - 2, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters - 4 Sapporo Dome 3:06 41,138 
3 October 12 Chiba Lotte Marines - 2, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters - 1 Sapporo Dome 3:42 32,201

Final stage

The regular season league champions, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (PL) and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows (CL), received a one-game advantage.

Central League

Yomiuri Giants (1) vs. Tokyo Yakult Swallows (4)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 14 Yomiuri Giants - 4, Tokyo Yakult Swallows- 1 Meiji Jingu Stadium 3:38 31,502 
2 October 15 Yomiuri Giants - 0, Tokyo Yakult Swallows- 4 Meiji Jingu Stadium 2:51 31,274 
3 October 16 Yomiuri Giants - 0, Tokyo Yakult Swallows- 2 Meiji Jingu Stadium 3:27 33,102 
4 October 17 Yomiuri Giants - 2, Tokyo Yakult Swallows- 3 Meiji Jingu Stadium 2:58 34,038

Pacific League

Chiba Lotte Marines (0) vs. Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (4)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 14 Chiba Lotte Marines - 2, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks - 3 (10 innings) Fukuoka Dome 3:43 37,360 
2 October 15 Chiba Lotte Marines - 1, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks - 6 Fukuoka Dome 2:59 37,603 
3 October 16 Chiba Lotte Marines - 1, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks - 3 Fukuoka Dome 2:53 37,235

Japan Series

CL Tokyo Yakult Swallows (1) vs. PL Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (4)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 24 Tokyo Yakult Swallows - 2, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks - 4 Fukuoka Dome 3:04 35,732 
2 October 25 Tokyo Yakult Swallows - 0, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks - 4 Fukuoka Dome 3:35 35,764 
3 October 27 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks - 4, Tokyo Yakult Swallows - 8 Meiji Jingu Stadium 3:38 31,037 
4 October 28 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks - 6, Tokyo Yakult Swallows - 4 Meiji Jingu Stadium 4:06 31,288 
5 October 29 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks - 5, Tokyo Yakult Swallows - 0 Meiji Jingu Stadium 3:36 31,239

League leaders [3]

Central League

Pacific League

See also

References

  1. ^ "More pitchers involved in gambling scandal in Japan baseball". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Two more Giants pitchers involved in baseball gambling, panel finds". Japan Times. Kyodo News. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ http://npb.jp/bis/eng/2015/stats/

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