[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 86 54 30 2
Hanshin 82 44 38 0
Yokohama 85 44 39 2
Yomiuri 85 40 45 0
Chunichi 87 38 46 3
Yakult 85 28 55 2
G W L T
Rakuten 78 52 25 1
Softbank 86 56 30 0
Seibu 82 43 37 2
Orix 82 38 43 1
Nippon Ham 85 32 53 0
Lotte 83 27 55 1
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