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One of Japan's two top leagues, the Pacific League was founded in 1950 as the Taiheiyo Baseball Union, renamed the Pacific League in 1980. It has always received less media attention than the Central League though quality of play is fairly even between the leagues. The Pacific League has used multiple playoff systems and a DH to distinguish it from the Central League, which uses no DH and a winner-take-all setup. The league champions square off in the Nippon Series each season; in 2005 the leagues began interleague play. The strongest teams in league history are the Seibu Lions, Nankai Hawks and the Hankyu Braves.

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[edit] Yearly Results

BOLD indicates league champion; GOLD indicates Nippon Series winner
Year First Place Second Place Third Place Fourth Place Fifth Place Sixth Place Seventh Place Eighth Place
1950 Mainichi Orions Nankai Hawks Daiei Stars Hankyu Braves Nishitetsu Clippers Tokyu Flyers Kintetsu Pearls
1951 Nankai Hawks Nishitetsu Lions Mainichi Orions Daiei Stars Hankyu Braves Tokyu Flyers Kintetsu Pearls
1952 Nankai Hawks Mainichi Orions Nishitetsu Lions Daiei Stars Hankyu Braves Tokyu Flyers Kintetsu Pearls
1953 Nankai Hawks Hankyu Braves Daiei Stars Nishitetsu Lions Mainichi Orions Tokyu Flyers Kintetsu Pearls
1954 Nishitetsu Lions Nankai Hawks Mainichi Orions Kintetsu Pearls Hankyu Braves Takahashi Unions Toei Flyers Daiei Stars
1955 Nankai Hawks Nishitetsu Lions Mainichi Orions Hankyu Braves Kintetsu Pearls Daiei Stars Toei Flyers Tombo Unions
1956 Nishitetsu Lions Nankai Hawks Hankyu Braves Mainichi Orions Kintetsu Pearls Toei Flyers Daiei Stars Takahashi Unions
1957 Nishitetsu Lions Nankai Hawks Mainichi Orions Hankyu Braves Toei Flyers Kintetsu Pearls Daiei Unions
1958 Nishitetsu Lions Nankai Hawks Hankyu Braves Daimai Orions Toei Flyers Kintetsu Pearls
1959 Nankai Hawks Daimai Orions Toei Flyers Nishitetsu Lions Hankyu Braves Kintetsu Buffaloes
1960 Daimai Orions Nankai Hawks Nishitetsu Lions Hankyu Braves Toei Flyers Kintetsu Buffaloes
1961 Nankai Hawks Toei Flyers Nishitetsu Lions Daimai Orions Hankyu Braves Kintetsu Buffaloes
1962 Toei Flyers Nankai Hawks Nishitetsu Lions Daimai Orions Hankyu Braves Kintetsu Buffaloes
1963 Nishitetsu Lions Nankai Hawks Toei Flyers Kintetsu Buffaloes Daimai Orions Hankyu Braves
1964 Nankai Hawks Hankyu Braves Toei Flyers Tokyo Orions Nishitetsu Lions Kintetsu Buffaloes
1965 Nankai Hawks Toei Flyers Nishitetsu Lions Hankyu Braves Tokyo Orions Kintetsu Buffaloes
1966 Nankai Hawks Nishitetsu Lions Toei Flyers Tokyo Orions Hankyu Braves Kintetsu Buffaloes
1967 Hankyu Braves Nishitetsu Lions Toei Flyers Nankai Hawks Tokyo Orions Kintetsu Buffaloes
1968 Hankyu Braves Nankai Hawks Tokyo Orions Kintetsu Buffaloes Nishitetsu Lions Toei Flyers
1969 Hankyu Braves Kintetsu Buffaloes Lotte Orions Toei Flyers Nishitetsu Lions Nankai Hawks
1970 Lotte Orions Nankai Hawks Kintetsu Buffaloes Hankyu Braves Toei Flyers Nishitetsu Lions
1971 Hankyu Braves Lotte Orions Kintetsu Buffaloes Nankai Hawks Toei Flyers Nishitetsu Lions
1972 Hankyu Braves Kintetsu Buffaloes Nankai Hawks Toei Flyers Lotte Orions Nishitetsu Lions
1973 Hankyu Braves Lotte Orions Nankai Hawks Taiheiyo Club Lions Nittaku Home Flyers Kintetsu Buffaloes
1974 Lotte Orions Hankyu Braves Nankai Hawks Taiheiyo Club Lions Kintetsu Buffaloes Nippon Ham Fighters
1975 Kintetsu Buffaloes Hankyu Braves Taiheiyo Club Lions Lotte Orions Nankai Hawks Nippon Ham Fighters
1976 Hankyu Braves Nankai Hawks Lotte Orions Kintetsu Buffaloes Nippon Ham Fighters Taiheiyo Club Lions
1977 Hankyu Braves Nankai Hawks Lotte Orions Kintetsu Buffaloes Nippon Ham Fighters Crown Lighter Lions
1978 Hankyu Braves Kintetsu Buffaloes Nippon Ham Fighters Lotte Orions Crown Lighter Lions Nankai Hawks
1979 Hankyu Braves Kintetsu Buffaloes Nippon Ham Fighters Lotte Orions Nankai Hawks Seibu Lions
1980 Kintetsu Buffaloes Lotte Orions Nippon Ham Fighters Seibu Lions Hankyu Braves Nankai Hawks
1981 Nippon Ham Fighters Hankyu Braves Lotte Orions Seibu Lions Nankai Hawks Kintetsu Buffaloes
1982 Nippon Ham Fighters Seibu Lions Kintetsu Buffaloes Hankyu Braves Lotte Orions Nankai Hawks
1983 Seibu Lions Hankyu Braves Nippon Ham Fighters Kintetsu Buffaloes Nankai Hawks Lotte Orions
1984 Hankyu Braves Lotte Orions Seibu Lions Kintetsu Buffaloes Nankai Hawks Nippon Ham Fighters
1985 Seibu Lions Lotte Orions Kintetsu Buffaloes Hankyu Braves Nippon Ham Fighters Nankai Hawks
1986 Seibu Lions Kintetsu Buffaloes Hankyu Braves Lotte Orions Nippon Ham Fighters Nankai Hawks
1987 Seibu Lions Hankyu Braves Nippon Ham Fighters Nankai Hawks Lotte Orions Kintetsu Buffaloes
1988 Seibu Lions Kintetsu Buffaloes Nippon Ham Fighters Hankyu Braves Nankai Hawks Lotte Orions
1989 Kintetsu Buffaloes Orix Braves Seibu Lions Fukuoka Daiei Hawks Nippon Ham Fighters Lotte Orions
1990 Seibu Lions Orix Braves Kintetsu Buffaloes Nippon Ham Fighters Lotte Orions Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
1991 Seibu Lions Kintetsu Buffaloes Orix BlueWave Nippon Ham Fighters Fukuoka Daiei Hawks Lotte Orions
1992 Seibu Lions Kintetsu Buffaloes Orix BlueWave Fukuoka Daiei Hawks Nippon Ham Fighters Chiba Lotte Marines
1993 Seibu Lions Nippon Ham Fighters Orix BlueWave Kintetsu Buffaloes Chiba Lotte Marines Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
1994 Seibu Lions Orix BlueWave Kintetsu Buffaloes Fukuoka Daiei Hawks Chiba Lotte Marines Nippon Ham Fighters
1995 Orix BlueWave Chiba Lotte Marines Seibu Lions Nippon Ham Fighters Fukuoka Daiei Hawks Kintetsu Buffaloes
1996 Orix BlueWave Nippon Ham Fighters Seibu Lions Kintetsu Buffaloes Chiba Lotte Marines Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
1997 Seibu Lions Orix BlueWave Kintetsu Buffaloes Fukuoka Daiei Hawks Nippon Ham Fighters Chiba Lotte Marines
1998 Seibu Lions Nippon Ham Fighters Orix BlueWave Fukuoka Daiei Hawks Kintetsu Buffaloes Chiba Lotte Marines
1999 Fukuoka Daiei Hawks Seibu Lions Orix BlueWave Chiba Lotte Marines Nippon Ham Fighters Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes
2000 Fukuoka Daiei Hawks Seibu Lions Nippon Ham Fighters Orix BlueWave Chiba Lotte Marines Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes
2001 Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes Fukuoka Daiei Hawks Seibu Lions Orix BlueWave Chiba Lotte Marines Nippon Ham Fighters
2002 Seibu Lions Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes Fukuoka Daiei Hawks Chiba Lotte Marines Nippon Ham Fighters Orix BlueWave
2003 Fukuoka Daiei Hawks Seibu Lions Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes Chiba Lotte Marines Nippon Ham Fighters Orix BlueWave
2004 Fukuoka Daiei Hawks Seibu Lions Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Chiba Lotte Marines Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes Orix BlueWave
2005 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks Chiba Lotte Marines Seibu Lions Orix Buffaloes Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
2006 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Seibu Lions Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks Chiba Lotte Marines Orix Buffaloes Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
2007 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Chiba Lotte Marines Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Seibu Lions Orix Buffaloes
2008 Saitama Seibu Lions Orix Buffaloes Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Chiba Lotte Marines Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
2009 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks Seibu Lions Chiba Lotte Marines Orix Buffaloes
2010 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks Saitama Seibu Lions Chiba Lotte Marines Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Orix Buffaloes Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
2011 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Saitama Seibu Lions Orix Buffaloes Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Chiba Lotte Marines
2012 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Seibu Lions Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Chiba Lotte Marines Orix Buffaloes
2013 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Saitama Seibu Lions Chiba Lotte Marines Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks Orix Buffaloes Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters

[edit] MVPs

Nippon Professional Baseball
Nippon Series
Central League Pacific League
Chunichi Dragons · Hanshin Tigers · Hiroshima Toyo Carp · Tokyo Yakult Swallows · Yokohama BayStars · Yomiuri Giants Chiba Lotte Marines · Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks · Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters · Orix Buffaloes · Seibu Lions · Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
Eastern League Western League
Chiba Lotte Marines · Fukuoka Softbank Hawks · Goodwill · Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters · Shonan SeaRex · Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles · Yomiuri Giants Chunichi Dragons · Hanshin Tigers · Hiroshima Toyo Carp · Surpass · Tokyo Yakult Swallows
Baseball in Japan
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