The Hanshin Tigers, a professional baseball team representing Japan’s Kansai region, won the Central League for the first time in 18 years.메이저사이트
Hanshin won 4-3 in a home game against the Yomiuri Giants held at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan on the 14th.
Hanshin scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, 0-0, on Yusuke Oyama’s sacrifice fly and Teruaki Sato’s two-run home run in the middle of the month to decide the winner.
In the 7th inning, when they were down 3-1, they added 1 point thanks to Yomiuri’s mistake, and then beat Yomiuri’s pursuit by 1 point, confirming first place at home.
With this, Hanshin, who erased the magic number 1, regained the top spot in the Central League for the first time in 18 years since 2005, regardless of the remaining games, with 80 wins, 4 draws, and 44 losses in the season.
This year, as well as 18 years ago, the winning coach was veteran coach Okada Akinobu (65).
Coach Okada first led Hanshin from 2004 to 2008, and immediately brought the team to the top of the league as soon as he put on the Tiger uniform again this year.
Hanshin will advance directly to the Climax Series final stage and compete for advancement to the Japan Series with the winner of the first stage, where the league’s second and third place clash.
In Japanese professional baseball, which only established the current postseason system in 2007, the team that ranks first in the league (expressed as the winner) is still ranked higher than the postseason winner.
Hanshin enjoyed double the joy of winning the league against Yomiuri, the national team of the Kanto region and a national team.
Hanshin won the Central League championship for the fifth time in 2005, and if they win the Climax Series this time, they will win the championship for the sixth time.
As of the 13th, Hanshin is the most popular team in terms of audience mobilization, ranking first among the 12 teams in Japan’s two major leagues with a cumulative season attendance of 2,617,114 and an average of 40,892 per game.
With Hanshin’s return to the top, Osaka, the signboard of the Kansai region and Japan’s second-largest city, where many Hanshin fans live, is expected to be excited.
Even 18 years ago, crowds celebrating Hanshin’s victory gathered in Namba, Osaka and jumped into the Dotonbori River that runs through the city, causing an accident.
The Japanese police, concerned that various accidents may occur in Dotonbori, which was once again overcrowded due to Hanshin’s win, sent notices to foreign embassies, including the Korean Consulate General in Osaka, asking tourists to refrain from visiting Dotonbori from the 12th to the 17th.