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The Asia Series is an international baseball tournament in East Asia that was first held between November 10 and November 13, 2005, in Tokyo. The tournament was sponsored by Konami corporation from 2005 to 2007 and was known as the Konami Cup in that period.

It is played among the annual champions of the Nippon Professional Baseball's (NPB) Japan Series, the Korea Professional Baseball's (KPB) Korean Series, the Chinese Professional Baseball League's (CPBL) Taiwan Series, and the China Baseball League's (CBL) championship series. Prior to 2008, China Stars, an all-star team of China Baseball League participated in the series instead of the champion from China.

The tournament has not been played since 2008 due to financing issues following the withdrawal of Konami. However, the subject of re-introducing the event was discussed in a November 2010 meeting between the heads of the NPB, KPB, CPBL, and Australian Baseball League (ABL). The CPBL offered to host the event in November 2011. The Perth Heat announced on Wednesday, 18 May 2011, that they will be participating in the tournament. The ABL will have a bye week built into the season to accommodate this.

Format Edit

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

Finals results Edit

Season Host
Nation
Champions Score Runners-up MVP
2005 Japan Flag of Japan
Chiba Lotte Marines
5–3 Flag of South Korea
Samsung Lions
Benny Agbayani
(Chiba Lotte Marines)
2006 Japan Flag of Japan
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
1–0 Flag of the Republic of China.svg
Lamigo Monkeys (as La New Bears)
Yu Darvish
(Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters)
2007 Japan Flag of Japan
Chunichi Dragons
6–5 Flag of South Korea
SK Wyverns
Hirokazu Ibata
(Chunichi Dragons)
2008 Japan Flag of Japan
Saitama Seibu Lions
1–0 Flag of the Republic of China.svg
Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions
Tomoaki Satoh
(Saitama Seibu Lions)
2011 Taiwan Flag of South Korea
Samsung Lions
5-3 Flag of Japan
Fukuoka Softbank Hawks
Jang Won-Sam
2012 Taiwan Flag of Japan
Yomiuri Giants
6-3 Flag of the Republic of China.svg
Lamigo Monkeys
Hayato Sakamoto
2013 Taiwan Flag of Australia.svg
Canberra Cavalry
14-4 Flag of the Republic of China.svg
Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions
Jack Murphy

Series records Edit

By country Edit

# Country Champions Runners-up Participated Years Won Years Finalist
1 Flag of Japan Japan (NPB) 5 1 7 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012 2011
2 Flag of South Korea South Korea (KPB) 1 2 7 2011 2005, 2007
3 Flag of Australia.svg (ABL) 0 0 3 2013
4 Flag of the Republic of China.svg (CPBL) 0 7 2006, 2008, 2012 , 2013
5 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg (CBL) 0 0 5
6 Italy Flag (EC) 0 0 1

By club Edit

Club Champions Runners-up Participated Years
Won
Years
Finalist
Games
Won
Games
Lost
Games
Pct.
Flag of South Korea Samsung Lions 1 1 5 2011 2005 7 6 Template:Winning percentage
Flag of Japan Chiba Lotte Marines 1 0 1 2005 4 0 Template:Winning percentage
Flag of Japan Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 1 0 1 2006 4 0 Template:Winning percentage
Flag of Japan Yomiuri Giants 1 0 1 2012 3 0 Template:Winning percentage
Flag of Japan Chunichi Dragons 1 0 1 2007 3 1 Template:Winning percentage
Flag of Japan Saitama Seibu Lions 1 0 1 2008 3 1 Template:Winning percentage
Flag of Australia.svg Canberra Cavalry 1 0 1 2013 3 1 Template:Winning percentage
Flag of the Republic of China.svg Lamigo Monkeys1 0 2 2 2006, 2012 4 3 Template:Winning percentage
Flag of the Republic of China.svg Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions 0 2 4 2008, 2013 6 8 Template:Winning percentage
Flag of Japan Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 0 1 1 2011 3 1 Template:Winning percentage
Flag of South Korea SK Wyverns 0 1 2 2007 5 2 Template:Winning percentage
Flag of Japan Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 0 0 1 2 1 Template:Winning percentage
Flag of South Korea Lotte Giants 0 0 1 1 1 Template:Winning percentage
Flag of the Republic of China.svg EDA Rhinos 0 0 2 1 4 Template:Winning percentage
Flag of China China Stars 0 0 4 0 11 Template:Winning percentage
Flag of Australia Perth Heat 0 0 2 0 5 Template:Winning percentage
Italy Flag Fortitudo Baseball Bologna 0 0 1 0 2 Template:Winning percentage
Flag of China Tianjin Lions 0 0 1 0 3 Template:Winning percentage
  • 1: Participated in 2006 under its old name La New Bears

See also Edit

ReferencesEdit

External links Edit

Template:Asia Series Template:Nippon Professional Baseball Template:Australian Baseball League Template:Korea Baseball Organization Template:Chinese Professional Baseball League Template:China Baseball League

Professional Baseball
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Defunct *Major :National AssociationAmerican AssociationUnion AssociationPlayer's League

Federal LeagueNegro League baseballAll-American Girls Professional Baseball LeagueContinental LeagueCuban LeagueNational Association of Base Ball Players

Asia
Japan Nippon Professional Baseball : Central LeaguePacific League
South Korea Korea Professional Baseball
Taiwan Chinese Professional Baseball League
China China Baseball League
Defunct Japanese Baseball LeagueTaiwan Major LeagueIsrael Baseball League
Europe
Italy Italian Baseball League
Netherlands Honkbal Hoofdklasse
Oceania
Australia Australian Baseball
Defunct Australian Baseball (1989-1999)International Baseball League of AustraliaHawaii Winter Baseball


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