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[11/5/2015] 2016 Preliminary Central League Schedule

by on Nov.05, 2015 @ 4:01 pm, under NPB

The Central League posted their preliminary schedule for the 2016 season today.

Some notes on the schedule:

  • Opening day will take place on March 25
    • Yakult vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome, Chunichi vs Hanshin at Kyocera Dome, and Yokohama vs Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium (home teams selected based on top three teams in 2014)
  • One team will play 143 games
    • 125 Central League games and 18 Inter-league games
    • Three teams will play 63 games at home and 62 games on the road (Yomiuri, Yokohama, Hiroshima)
    • The other three teams will play 62 games at home and 63 on the road (Yakult, Chunichi, Hanshin)
    • See Table 1 for more information

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Table 1

2016 YAK CHU HAN YOM YOK HIR Home
YAK - 13 13 12 12 12 62
CHU 12 - 13 12 13 12 62
HAN 12 12 - 13 13 12 62
YOM 13 13 12 - 12 13 63
YOK 13 12 12 13 - 13 63
HIR 13 13 13 12 12 - 63
Road 63 63 63 62 62 62 375

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You can see the new schedules (in Japanese, without start times or complete venue information) at the official NPB site. Here are the direct links to each month.

And for the those that need it, here is the legend for what each of the letters stand for:

  • S = Yakult Swallows
  • G = Yomiuri Giants
  • T = Hanshin Tigers
  • C = Hiroshima Carp
  • D = Chunichi Dragons
  • DB = Yokohama Bay Stars

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Source: official announcement, official announcement, Sponichi 11/5/2015