[6/19/2016] Softbank Hawks take first in Inter-league standings

The Softbank Hawks clinched first place during Inter-league play on Sunday with their 8-4 victory over the Hanshin Tigers and the Chiba Lotte Marine’s 5-1 loss at the hands of the Yomiuri Giants.

The Pacific League also recorded more wins than the Central League (with two games left to play, they are 59-46-1). The PL will be rewarded a total thirty million yen. The money will be split based on the final standings of teams (first place ten million, second place five million, third place four million, fourth place three million, fifth place two million, sixth place one million, and five million to the team with the highest winning percentage).

Three player awards will also be handed out. The MVP will be given to one player from the team with the highest winning percentage in the Pacific League. The Nihon Seimei Award will be given to one player from each league.

Inter-league First Place Teams since 2005

Year Team G W L T WPCT
2005 Lotte 36 24 11 1 .686
2006 Lotte 36 23 13 0 .639
2007 Nippon Ham 24 18 5 1 .783
2008 Softbank 24 15 9 0 .625
2009 Softbank 24 18 5 1 .783
2010 Orix 24 16 8 0 .667
2011 Softbank 24 18 4 2 .818
2012 Yomiuri 24 17 7 0 .708
2013 Softbank 24 15 8 1 .652
2014 Yomiuri 24 16 8 0 .667
2015 Softbank 18 12 6 0 .667
2016 Softbank 18 13 4 1 .765

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 140 86 50 4
Hanshin 135 73 59 3
Yokohama 135 68 63 4
Yomiuri 137 68 66 3
Chunichi 136 58 73 5
Yakult 137 44 91 2
G W L T
Softbank 136 91 45 0
Seibu 137 77 57 3
Rakuten 130 71 57 2
Orix 133 61 71 1
Nippon Ham 133 52 81 0
Lotte 135 49 85 1
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