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The Central League (セントラル・リーグ Sentoraru Rīgu?) or Ce League (セリーグ Se Rīgu?) is one of Japan's two major professional baseball leagues, the winner of which plays the Japan Series against the winner of the other league, the Pacific League.

The Central League was founded in 1949 with eight teams. Designated hitters are not used during Central League home games.

In 2007 a new Climax Series was introduced. This is a play off series inspired by the stepladder playoff used in Pacific League for the top three teams of the league to determine who progresses to the Japan Series. Under the previous system, there was no post-season playoff and the winner of the pennant automatically qualified for the Japan Series.

Current teams Edit

Team Japanese Name Place Sponsor
Chunichi Dragons 中日ドラゴンズ
Chūnichi Doragonzu
Nagoya Chunichi Shimbun
Hanshin Tigers 阪神タイガース
Hanshin Taigāsu
Nishinomiya Hanshin Electric Railway
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 広島東洋カープ
Hiroshima Tōyō Kāpu
Hiroshima Matsuda family
(founding family of Mazda)
Tokyo Yakult Swallows ヤクルトスワローズ
Tōkyō Yakuruto Suwarōzu
Tokyo Yakult
Yokohama BayStars 横浜ベイスターズ
Yokohama Beisutāzu
Yokohama TBS
Yomiuri Giants 読売ジャイアンツ
Yomiuri Jaiantsu
Tokyo Yomiuri Shimbun

Central League pennant winnersEdit

  • 2009 Yomiuri Giants
  • 2008 Yomiuri Giants
  • 2007 Yomiuri Giants
  • 2006 Chunichi Dragons
  • 2005 Hanshin Tigers
  • 2004 Chunichi Dragons
  • 2003 Hanshin Tigers
  • 2002 Yomiuri Giants
  • 2001 Yakult Swallows
  • 2000 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1999 Chunichi Dragons
  • 1998 Yokohama BayStars
  • 1997 Yakult Swallows
  • 1996 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1995 Yakult Swallows
  • 1994 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1993 Yakult Swallows
  • 1992 Yakult Swallows
  • 1991 Hiroshima Toyo Carp
  • 1990 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1989 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1988 Chunichi Dragons
  • 1987 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1986 Hiroshima Toyo Carp
  • 1985 Hanshin Tigers
  • 1984 Hiroshima Toyo Carp
  • 1983 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1982 Chunichi Dragons
  • 1981 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1980 Hiroshima Toyo Carp
  • 1979 Hiroshima Toyo Carp
  • 1978 Yakult Swallows
  • 1977 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1976 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1975 Hiroshima Toyo Carp
  • 1974 Chunichi Dragons
  • 1973 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1972 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1971 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1970 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1969 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1968 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1967 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1966 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1965 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1964 Hanshin Tigers
  • 1963 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1962 Hanshin Tigers
  • 1961 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1960 Taiyo Whales
  • 1959 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1958 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1957 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1956 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1955 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1954 Chunichi Dragons
  • 1953 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1952 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1951 Yomiuri Giants
  • 1950 Shochiku Robins

Central League Climax Series winners Edit

  • 2009 Yomiuri Giants
  • 2008 Yomiuri Giants
  • 2007 Chunichi Dragons

Central League statistics Edit

Team Pennants Runners-up
Yomiuri Giants3010
Chunichi Dragons721
Hiroshima Toyo Carp66
Yakult Swallows63
Hanshin Tigers514
Yokohama BayStars24
Shochiku Robins10

Most Valuable PitcherEdit

See: Best Nine Award#Other notes

Best Nine AwardsEdit

Main article: Best Nine Award

See alsoEdit

External links Edit

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