Did you know?: Japan’s professional baseball has two leagues

Did you know?: Japan’s professional baseball has two leagues

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

Today, just like the National and American Leagues in Major League Baseball, there are two leagues in the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) – Central and Pacific. With the 12 teams scattered from Hokkaido to Kyushu, many of Japan’s major cities have a team to call their own. For those on the mainland, check out the team closest to you and visit a ballpark this summer. Although Okinawa doesn’t have a team, the island hosts Spring Training for many squads, and games are easy and often free to attend!



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