2004 Nippon Professional Baseball season

This article is about the 2004 Nippon Professional Baseball season only. For information on all of baseball, see 2004 in baseball.

2004 NPB season

League
Nippon Professional Baseball

Sport
Baseball

Duration
March 27, 2004 – October 25, 2004

Regular Season

Season MVP
CL: Kenshin Kawakami (CHU)
PL: Nobuhiko Matsunaka (DAI)

League Postseason

CL champions
Chunichi Dragons

  CL runners-up
Yakult Swallows

PL champions
Seibu Lions

  PL runners-up
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks

Japan Series

Champions
Seibu Lions

  Runners-up
Chunichi Dragons

Finals MVP
Takashi Ishii (SEI)

NPB seasons

← 2003
2005 →

The 2004 Nippon Professional Baseball season ended with the Seibu Lions defeating the Chunichi Dragons in the 2004 Japan Series. This season also saw the first and only players strike in Japanese professional baseball history. Players went on strike for 2 days in September because of the potential mergers and realignment.

Contents

1 Format

1.1 Central League
1.2 Pacific League
1.3 Japan Series

2 Standings

2.1 Central League

2.1.1 Regular Season

2.2 Pacific League

2.2.1 Regular Season
2.2.2 Playoff 1st Stage
2.2.3 Playoff 2nd Stage

3 References

Format[edit]
Central League[edit]

Season Format

Regular Season

Regular Season 1st place is the champion

Pacific League[edit]

Season Format

Regular Season
Playoff 1st Stage: Regular Season 2nd place vs. Regular Season 3rd place – Best of 3
Playoff 2nd Stage: Regular Season 1st place vs. Playoff 1st Stage winner – Best of 5

Playoff 2nd Stage winner is the champion

Japan Series[edit]

Central League champion vs. Pacific League champion – Best of 7

Standings[edit]
Note:Two games for each team are cancelled due to players’ strike
Central League[edit]

Champions: Chunichi Dragons

Regular Season[edit]

Central League
G
W
L
T
Pct.
GB

Chunichi Dragons
138
79
56
3
0.583

Yakult Swallows
138
72
64
2
0.529
7.5

Yomiuri Giants
138
71
64
3
0.525
8.0

Hanshin Tigers
138
66
70
2
0.485
13.0

Hiroshima Carp
138
60
77
1
0.438
20.0

Yokohama BayStars
138
59
76
3
0.438
20.0

Pacific League[edit]

Champions: Seibu Lions

Regular Season[edit]

Pacific League
G
W
L
T
Pct.
GB

Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
133
77
52
4
0.594

Seibu Lions
133
74
58
1
0.560
4.5

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
133
66
65
2
0.504
12.0

Chiba Lotte Marines
133
65
65
3
0.500
12.5

Kintetsu Buffaloes
133
61
70
2
0.466
17.0

Orix BlueWave
133
49
72
2
0.376
29.0