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NPB CL: First double header since 1988

by on Sep.05, 2007 @ 2:44 am, under NPB

Looks like the Yakult Swallows and Yokohama Bay Stars will be playing in the CL's first double header since October 10, 1998. The reason? The Bay Stars apparently suffered their 13th rain-out of the season and with the new rules in place for the Climax Series this season, it appears as though the Bay Stars need a make up game just in case.

The double-header will take place on the 30th. The first game will start at 2pm and the second game of the double header will begin 20 minutes after the first game ends. Fans will get admission to both games for the price of one.

LINKAGE (in Japanese)

Incidentally, for those of you that don't know about the new Climax Series... The second and third place teams from each league will battle each other in a best of 3 series. The winner will then take on the first place team in a best of 5 series. The Japan Series will involve the winners of the Climax Series in a best of 7 series.

There is some irony to this though -- the team that finishes the season will be loosely labeled the League "Champion." However, depending on the outcome of the Climax Series, the League "Champion" may not even make it to the Japan Series. This was done to apparently "save some face" (honor, that is) for the teams that end the season with the most wins.