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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.
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
Chiba Lotte Marines
| Benny Agbayani|
(Chiba Lotte Marines)
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
Lamigo Monkeys (as La New Bears)
| Yu Darvish|
(Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters)
| Hirokazu Ibata|
Saitama Seibu Lions
Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions
| Tomoaki Satoh|
(Saitama Seibu Lions)
Fukuoka Softbank Hawks
Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions
Series records Edit
By country Edit
|#||Country||Champions||Runners-up||Participated||Years Won||Years Finalist|
|1||Japan (NPB)||5||1||7||2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012||2011|
|2||South Korea (KPB)||1||2||7||2011||2005, 2007|
|4||(CPBL)||0||7||2006, 2008, 2012 , 2013|
By club Edit
- 1: Participated in 2006 under its old name La New Bears
See also Edit
- Konami Cup Asia Series - official website
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