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2012 Climax Series: Pacific League

by on Oct.10, 2012 @ 4:01 am, under NPB, Postseason

Final 2012 Standings

Final Stage

Nippon Ham sweeps series, 4-0.

Series starts with the 1st place team with a 1-0 series advantage.

Date Time Gm Venue Home   Away
10/17 18:00 1 Sapporo Dome Nippon Ham Fighters 3-2 Softbank Hawks
10/18 18:00 2 Sapporo Dome Nippon Ham Fighters 3-0 Softbank Hawks
10/19 18:00 3 Sapporo Dome Nippon Ham Fighters 4-2 Softbank Hawks
10/20 14:00 4 Sapporo Dome Nippon Ham Fighters   Softbank Hawks
10/21 14:00 5 Sapporo Dome Nippon Ham Fighters   Softbank Hawks
10/22 18:00 6 Sapporo Dome Nippon Ham Fighters   Softbank Hawks

See also: 2012 PL CS Final Stage: Softbank at Nippon Ham — By The Numbers

First Stage

Softbank takes the series, 2-1.

If the series ends in a tie (1-1-1 or 0-0-3), the 2nd place team will advance.

Date Time Gm Venue Home   Away
10/13 13:00 1 Seibu Dome Seibu Lions 1-2 Softbank Hawks
10/14 13:00 2 Seibu Dome Seibu Lions 8-0 Softbank Hawks
10/15 18:00 3 Seibu Dome Seibu Lions 2-3 Softbank Hawks

See also: 2012 PL CS First Stage: Softbank at Seibu — By The Numbers

18 comments on “2012 Climax Series: Pacific League

    1. Steve Novosel

      Why’s that? It’s designed so the regular season champ has a strong advantage, not just a one game advantage home field advantage.

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  1. Dylan

    why should the regular season champ have such a big advantage. If their better let them show it. The game is played on the field not on paper. Offer this playoff system to Major League Baseball and it would be laughed at. Plus the lower teams season ticket paying fans don’t even get to watch their team at home. Total BS.

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    1. Steve Novosel

      Because they were the best team over 144 games. That is very meaningful.

      The MLB system is quite frankly stupid. I’m glad they would laugh at it. You win 120 games, you get… a one game home field advantage. The regular season is simply meaningless.

      “Plus the lower teams season ticket paying fans don’t even get to watch their team at home.”

      Sure they do, if their team is, as you say, good enough on the field. My Marines did it, they earned 3 home games in the Nippon Series.

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  2. Dylan

    If they are so good let them prove it on the field. Maybe you would prefer the league deciding how many hits each player will get before the series starts too. The game is played on the field not in executives heads. If you don’t understand that I don’t know what to tell you. Why don’t they give the best runner in the Olympics a 5 foot lead to start the race? Absurd. You prove on the field.

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    1. Steve Novosel

      Dylan, the league winner DID prove it on the field. Why not flip a coin for home field, make the whole season a playoff instead? Why have a playoff at all, then?

      Tell me why a playoff makes any sense at all in the first place. Each team plays the other 24 times – THAT’S not enough to determine who’s the best team? That’s not proving it on the field? The whole idea of a playoff is just fan service in the first place – making so ‘every team is even’ after you just spent 6 months determining the best teams is ludicrous.

      Best it should be like a FIFA league – regular season ONLY. That’s proving it on the field, ne?

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  3. Dylan

    Actually, I’m not against that idea. The team with the best record wins it. But it’s all about money. Playoffs bring in revenue. That’s why I hate college football. No playoffs. Someone just gives their opinion on whose the best. Ok, I might go for no 1 game lead and the better team gets 5 home games. Ugh, I can’t believe I just said that.

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    1. Steve Novosel

      Yeah, there’s just not an easy answer here. I hate the MLB “play 162 meaningless games” regular season or even worse, the NBA. The NPB system is a bit goofy but at least there’s some desire to give the teams who won the regular season a real advantage.

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  4. IM

    The NPB playoff system has grown on me. They need to get rid of ties though, especially CS ties that essentially result in wins for the home team. A team could win a series without actually winning a single game.
    The MLB regular season is much more meaningful than the NPB, only 1/3 (previously 1/4) of the teams make the playoffs and they don’t have a balanced schedule like the NPB. They should cut the season down some now that they’ve extended the playoffs.
    It easier for away team fans to travel in Japan so I don’t have a problem with one team getting all the home games.

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    1. Crovie

      Ties are so rare though that it’s not really a big deal. I think.

      Any historians know when the last time a Climax Series was decided on a tie? I know Softbank clinched the final last year when they were assured of at least a tie in Game 3, but they were up 3-0 anyway and they ended up winning the game.

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    2. IM

      I wouldn’t say rare, There was a tie in the Japan Series the year before last, and I few years ago Yomiuri beat Chunichi in the CS with two wins, a loss and a tie, that’s just off the top of my head. Plus, look at how many ties there were in the regular season, with less runs being scored there will be more ties. It’s a bad rule anyways, rare or not.

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    3. Crovie

      The tie was the first 15 inning tie in NPB history, wasn’t it? (And it was a miracle that Lotte held on to force that tie). And ties are more common during the regular season as there’s a time limit on the extra innings.

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    4. IM

      Ties in the CS are only 12 innings, unless something has changed. It’s the principle of it though, I tie should never equal a win, uncommon or not.

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  5. John

    I agree that 162 games is too many, but the ability to make the playoffs is what you earn for being the best out of those games, they’re not meaningless.

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    1. Steve Novosel

      I have NO idea what’s going on there. And did you see how few Softbank fans were in their reserved section? It was about 10% filled.

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