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[1/29/2016] 2016 Western League Schedules Released

by on Jan.30, 2016 @ 3:10 am, under NPB
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The Western League released their 2016 schedule on January 29.

Western League

Five teams will play each other up to thirty-three times for a maximum 132 games.

  • Not every team will play the same number of games
  • Canceled games will not be rescheduled
  • Standings will be decided based on the final winning percentages

Schedule Breakdown

Team Games Home Road
Chunichi Dragons 131 65 66
Hanshin Tigers 133 66 (2) 67 (2)
Orix Buffaloes 131 65 66
Hiroshima Carp 129 65 64
Softbank Hawks 134 69 (4) 65 (2)

Note: numbers in parenthesis represent number of Inter-league games.

Schedule Breakdown by Match-ups

CHU-HAN 15 HAN-CHU 18 Total 33
CHU-ORI 15 ORI-CHU 18 Total 33
CHU-HIR 18 HIR-CHU 15 Total 33
CHU-SOF 17 SOF-CHU 15 Total 32
HAN-ORI 18 ORI-HAN 15 Total 33
HAN-HIR 14 HIR-HAN 17 Total 31
HAN-SOF 14 SOF-HAN 18 Total 32
ORI-HIR 18 HIR-ORI 15 Total 33
ORI-SOF 14 SOF-ORI 18 Total 32
HIR-SOF 18 SOF-HIR 14 Total 32

You can see the new schedules (in Japanese) at the official NPB site. Here are the direct links to each month.

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Spring Kyoiku League Schedules have also been posted for the Wester League.

[1/28/2016] 2016 Eastern League Schedules Released

by on Jan.29, 2016 @ 5:35 am, under NPB
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The Eastern League released their 2016 schedules on January 28.

Eastern League

Seven teams will play between 135 to 141 games. Canceled games will not be rescheduled.

Schedule Breakdown

Team Games Home Road
Yomiuri Giants 141 68 (2) 73 (4)
Yokohama Bay Stars 138 68 70
Seibu Lions 135 68 67
Chiba Lotte Marines 137 72 65
Rakuten Eagles 136 64 72
Nippon Ham Fighters 137 69 (2) 68 (2)
Yakult Swallows 138 71 67

Note: numbers in parenthesis represent number of Inter-league games.

You can see the new schedules (in Japanese) at the official NPB site. Here are the direct links to each month.

Eastern League Challenge Match

Eastern League teams will play thirty-one games against the Futures (comprised of players from the Eastern League) between April and September.

Schedule Breakdown

  S M G DB E L F Total
2016 6 7 4 7 - 3 4 31
2015 7 4 2 4 - 5 3 25
2014 6 3 6 4 - 2 4 25
2013 6 4 3 2 - 2 4 21
2012 4 6 2 4 - 5 6 27
2011 4 4 2 2 - 5 5 22
2010 4 5 7 6 - 5 4 31
2009 5 6 5 7 1 6 7 37
2008 4 4 4 4 1 3 3 23
2007 3 4 5 5 - 3 4 24

April, May, June, July, August, September

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Spring Kyoiku League Schedules have also been posted for the Eastern League.

[1/27/2016] Complete 2016 Central League Schedule Released

by on Jan.27, 2016 @ 6:46 pm, under NPB
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The Central League posted their schedule for the 2016 season today.

Some notes on the schedule:

  • The season will start with three games on March 25: Yakult at Yomiuri (Tokyo Dome), Chunichi at Hanshin (Kyoerca Dome), Yokohama at Hiroshima (Mazda Stadium).
  • All three opening day games will begin at 6:00pm.
  • There will be 127 home day games this year, up twelve from last season's 115 games.
  • The First Stage of the Climax Series will begin on October 8.
  • The Final Stage of the Climax Series will begin on October 12.

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You can see the new schedules (in Japanese) at the official NPB site. Here are the direct links to each month.

Central League

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Source: official announcementNikkan Sports 1/27/2016

[1/26/2016] Complete 2016 Pacific League Schedule Released

by on Jan.26, 2016 @ 4:56 pm, under NPB
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The Pacific League posted their schedule for the 2016 season today.

Some notes on the schedule:

  • The season will start with three games on March 25: Softbank at Rakuten (kobo Stadium), Orix at Seibu (Seibu Prince Dome), and Nippon Ham at Lotte (QVC Marine).
  • The Softbank at Rakuten game will set a new PL record with a start time of 4:00pm. For the fourth straight season (since 2013), all three opening day games will begin at different times (Orix at Seibu will start at 6:00pm and Nippon Ham at Lotte will start at 6:30pm).
  • Orix at Nippon Ham on March 29 and 30 and Seibu at Lotte on July 7 will have start times of 7:00pm, a first since the 1989 season.
  • The First Stage of the Climax Series will begin on October 8.
  • The Final Stage of the Climax Series will begin on October 12.

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You can see the new schedules (in Japanese) at the official NPB site. Here are the direct links to each month.

Pacific League

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Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 1/26/2016

[1/25/2016] 2016 Inter-league Schedule

by on Jan.25, 2016 @ 9:27 pm, under NPB
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Notes about the schedule:

  • One team will play eighteen games, nine at home and nine on the road (six three-game series).
  • There will be a total 108 games.
  • Teams will play either three games on the road or three games at home against each of the six teams in the opposite league.
  • Home teams this year were road teams last year; road teams this year were home teams last year.

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Schedule

Date Home Visitor Time Venue
05/31 Tue Nippon Ham Yakult 18:00 Sapporo Dome
Lotte Hiroshima 18:15 QVC Marine
Seibu Yokohama 18:00 Seibu Prince
Orix Yomiuri 18:00 Kyocera Dome
Rakuten Hanshin 18:00 kobo Stadium
Softbank Chunichi 18:00 YafuOku Dome
06/01 Wed Nippon Ham Yakult 18:00 Sapporo Dome
Lotte Hiroshima 18:15 QVC Marine
Seibu Yokohama 18:00 Seibu Prince
Orix Yomiuri 18:00 Kyocera Dome
Rakuten Hanshin 18:00 kobo Stadium
Softbank Chunichi 18:00 YafuOku Dome
06/02 Thu Nippon Ham Yakult 18:00 Sapporo Dome
Lotte Hiroshima 18:15 QVC Marine
Seibu Yokohama 18:00 Seibu Prince
Orix Yomiuri 18:00 Kyocera Dome
Rakuten Hanshin 18:00 kobo Stadium
Softbank Chunichi 18:00 YafuOku Dome
06/03 Fri Yomiuri Nippon Ham 18:00 Tokyo Dome
Yakult Orix  18:00 Jingu Stadium
Yokohama Lotte 18:00 Yokohama Stadium
Chunichi Rakuten 18:00 Nagoya Dome
Hanshin Seibu  18:00 Koshien Stadium
Hiroshima Softbank 18:00 Mazda Stadium
06/04 Sat Yomiuri Nippon Ham 14:00 Tokyo Dome
Yakult Orix  14:00 Jingu Stadium
Yokohama Lotte 14:00 Yokohama Stadium
Chunichi Rakuten 15:00 Nagoya Dome
Hanshin Seibu  14:00 Koshien Stadium
Hiroshima Softbank 14:00 Mazda Stadium
06/05 Sun Yomiuri Nippon Ham 14:00 Tokyo Dome
Yakult Orix  13:00 Jingu Stadium
Yokohama Lotte 13:00 Yokohama Stadium
Chunichi Rakuten 14:00 Nagoya Dome
Hanshin Seibu  14:00 Koshien Stadium
Hiroshima Softbank 13:30 Mazda Stadium
06/06 Mon Yokohama Lotte 18:00 Yokohama Stadium
Hanshin Seibu 18:00 Kosihen Stadium
06/07 Tue Nippon Ham Hiroshima 18:00 Asahikawa
Lotte Hanshin 18:15 QVC Marine
Seibu Yomiuri 18:00 Seibu Prince
Orix Chunichi 18:00 Kyocera Dome
Rakuten Yakult 18:00 Koriyama
Softbank Yokohama 18:00 YafuOku Dome
06/08 Wed Nippon Ham Hiroshima 18:00 Sapporo Dome
Lotte Hanshin 18:15 QVC Marine
Seibu Yomiuri 18:00 Seibu Prince
Orix Chunichi 18:00 Kyocera Dome
Rakuten Yakult 18:00 kobo Stadium
Softbank Yokohama 18:00 YafuOku Dome
06/09 Thu Nippon Ham Hiroshima 18:00 Sapporo Dome
Lotte Hanshin 18:15 QVC Marine
Seibu Yomiuri 18:00 Seibu Prince
Orix Chunichi 18:00 Kyocera Dome
Rakuten Yakult 18:00 kobo Stadium
Softbank Yokohama 18:00 YafuOku Dome
06/10 Fri Nippon Ham Hanshin 18:00 Sapporo Dome
Lotte Yakult 18:30 QVC Marine
Seibu Chunichi 18:00 Seibu Prince
Orix Yokohama 18:00 Kyocera Dome
Rakuten Hiroshima 18:00 kobo Stadium
Softbank Yomiuri 18:00 YafuOku Dome
06/11 Sat Nippon Ham Hanshin 14:00 Sapporo Dome
Lotte Yakult 14:00 QVC Marine
Seibu Chunichi 14:00 Seibu Prince
Orix Yokohama 14:00 Kyocera Dome
Rakuten Hiroshima 14:00 kobo Stadium
Softbank Yomiuri 18:00 YafuOku Dome
06/12 Sun Nippon Ham Hanshin 14:00 Sapporo Dome
Lotte Yakult 13:00 QVC Marine
Seibu Chunichi 13:00 Seibu Prince
Orix Yokohama 13:00 Kyocera Dome
Rakuten Hiroshima 13:00 kobo Stadium
Softbank Yomiuri 14:00 YafuOku Dome
06/13 Mon Lotte Yakult 18:15 QVC Marine
06/14 Tue Yomiuri Rakuten 18:00 Tokyo Dome
Yakult Softbank 18:00 Jingu Stadium
Yokohama Nippon Ham 18:00 Niigata
Chunichi Lotte 18:00 Gifu
Hanshin Orix  18:00 Koshien Stadium
Hiroshima Seibu  18:00 Mazda Stadium
06/15 Wed Yomiuri Rakuten 18:00 Tokyo Dome
Yakult Softbank 18:00 Jingu Stadium
Yokohama Nippon Ham 18:00 Yokohama Stadium
Chunichi Lotte 18:00 Nagoya Dome
Hanshin Orix  18:00 Koshien Stadium
Hiroshima Seibu  18:00 Mazda Stadium
06/16 Thu Yomiuri Rakuten 18:00 Tokyo Dome
Yakult Softbank 18:00 Jingu Stadium
Yokohama Nippon Ham 18:00 Yokohama Stadium
Chunichi Lotte 18:00 Nagoya Dome
Hanshin Orix  18:00 Koshien Stadium
Hiroshima Seibu  18:00 Mazda Stadium
06/17 Fri Yomiuri Lotte 18:00 Tokyo Dome
Yakult Seibu  18:00 Jingu Stadium
Yokohama Rakuten 18:00 Yokohama Stadium
Chunichi Nippon Ham 18:00 Nagoya Dome
Hanshin Softbank 18:00 Koshien Stadium
Hiroshima Orix  18:00 Mazda Stadium
06/18 Sat Yomiuri Lotte 14:00 Tokyo Dome
Yakult Seibu  14:00 Jingu Stadium
Yokohama Rakuten 14:00 Yokohama Stadium
Chunichi Nippon Ham 15:00 Nagoya Dome
Hanshin Softbank 14:00 Koshien Stadium
Hiroshima Orix  14:00 Mazda Stadium
06/19 Sun Yomiuri Lotte 14:00 Tokyo Dome
Yakult Seibu  13:00 Jingu Stadium
Yokohama Rakuten 14:00 Yokohama Stadium
Chunichi Nippon Ham 14:00 Nagoya Dome
Hanshin Softbank 14:00 Koshien Stadium
Hiroshima Orix  13:30 Mazda Stadium

Note: June 6 and 13 are make-up dates.

[11/6/2015] 2016 Preliminary Pacific League Schedule

by on Nov.06, 2015 @ 4:23 pm, under NPB
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The Pacific League posted their preliminary schedule for the 2016 season today.

Some notes on the schedule:

  • Orix will play two games at Okinawa Cellular Stadium Naha against Rakuten on June 28 and 29. It will be the first Pacific League regular season game in Okinawa since 1962.
  • Opening day will take place on March 25
    • Softbank vs Rakuten, Orix vs Seibu, Nippon Ham vs Lotte (home teams selected based on top three teams in 2013.
  • One team will play 143 games
    • 125 Pacific League games and 18 Inter-league games
    • Three teams will play 63 games at home and 62 games on the road (Rakuten, Lotte, Orix)
    • The other three teams will play 62 games at home and 63 games on the road (Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank)
    • See Table 1 for more information
  • Home away from home - the number of home games taking place at rural stadiums
    • See Table 2 for more information

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

by on Nov.05, 2015 @ 4:01 pm, under NPB
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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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[11/4/2015] 2016 Preliminary Inter-league Schedule Released

by on Nov.04, 2015 @ 3:44 pm, under NPB
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The 2016 Inter-league season will begin on May 31 with six games: Nippon Ham vs Yakult, Rakuten vs Hanshin, Seibu vs Yokohama, Lotte vs Hiroshima, Orix vs Yomiuri, and Softbank vs Chunichi.

  • Each team will play nine home games and nine road games for a total eighteen Inter-league games (108 Inter-league games in all).
  • Each team will play three games against each of the teams in the other league.
  • Inter-league series that were played at home in 2015 will be played on the road in 2016. Inter-league series that were played on the road in 2015 will be played at home in 2016.
  • Canceled games will be rescheduled to alternate dates or between June 20 and 23.
  • Venues will be released at a later date.

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