A few seasons ago, in 2012, the Yomiuri Giants won the Japan Series just a few days after the San Francisco Giants clinched the World Series title. While the two teams already shared a nickname and color scheme, it was the first time they’d reached the pinnacle of their respective leagues in the same season.

Another similarity was that both teams featured catchers with uncanny offensive ability. Yomiuri’s Shinnosuke Abe won the Central League batting title, and nearly the Triple Crown, on his way to the 2012 CL MVP Award, while San Francisco’s Buster Posey won the National League batting title and was named NL MVP after the season.

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