Pacific League facts for kids
The Pacific League (パシフィック・リーグ Pashifikku Rīgu) or Pa League (パリーグ Pa Rīgu) is one of the two professional baseball leagues constituting Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in Japan. There are six teams in the league.
In 1949, The league was founded as the Taiheiyo Baseball Union. There were seven teams.
In 1980, the name was changed to Pacific League.
|Chiba Lotte Marines||千葉ロッテマリーンズ
Chiba Rotte Marīnzu
|Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks||福岡ソフトバンクホークス
Fukuoka Sofutobanku Hōkusu
|Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters||北海道日本ハムファイターズ
Hokkaidō Nippon-Hamu Faitāzu
|Sapporo, Hokkaidō||Nippon Ham|
|Osaka, Osaka / Kobe, Hyōgo||ORIX|
|Saitama Seibu Lions||埼玉西武ライオンズ
Saitama Seibu Raionzu
|Tokorozawa, Saitama||Seibu Railway|
|Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles||東北楽天ゴールデンイーグルス
Tōhoku Rakuten Gōruden Īgurusu
The team which wins the most games in each year is the league champion or "pennant winner".
Since 2004, there has been a three-team playoff system called the "climax series". The teams with the 2nd- and 3rd-best records play in the 3-game first stage. The winner plays in a 5-game final series against the top-ranked team.
Each year, the winner of the league championship competes against the Central League champion in the Japan Series (日本シリーズ Nippon Shiriizu) or Japan Championship Series (日本選手権シリーズ Nippon Senshuken Shiriizu).
- (in Japanese) Pacific League website
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