Chiba Lotte Marines

The Chiba Lotte Marines (千葉ロッテマリーンズ, Chiba Rotte Marīnzu) is a professional baseball team in Japan's Pacific League based in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, in the Kantō region, and owned by Lotte Holdings Co., Ltd.

Chiba Lotte Marines
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Team logo Cap insignia
Information
LeagueNippon Professional Baseball
Pacific League (1950–present)
LocationMihama-ku, Chiba, Chiba, Japan
BallparkZozo Marine Stadium
Year founded1949
Nickname(s)Kamome (鴎, seagulls)
Pacific League championships5 (1950, 1960, 1970, 1974, 2005)
Japan Series championships4 (1950, 1974, 2005, 2010)
Former name(s)
  • Chiba Lotte Marines (1992–present)
  • Lotte Orions (1969–1991)
  • Tokyo Orions (1964–1968)
  • Mainichi Daiei Orions (1958–1963)
  • Mainichi Orions (1950–1957)
Former ballparks
ColorsBlack, White
   
MascotMar-kun, Rine-chan, and Zu-chan
Playoff berths11 (1974, 1977, 1980, 1981, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2013 2015, 2016, 2020)
Retired numbers
OwnershipKatsumi Kawai
ManagementLotte Holdings
ManagerTadahito Iguchi
Uniforms
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HistoryEdit

The Marines franchise began in 1950 as the Mainichi Orions, an inaugural member of the Pacific League. The Marines won the inaugural Japan Series in 1950.

In 1958, the team was merged with the Daiei Unions and renamed the Daimai Orions. In 1964 they became the Tokyo Orions, and the Lotte Orions in 1969. The franchise was slow to replicate its initial success: the Orions made the Japan Series in 1960 and 1970, only to lose both years.

The team played in central Tokyo until 1972. From 1973 to 1977 the Lotte Orions played in the northern Japanese city of Sendai. In 1974, they beat the Chunichi Dragons, becoming the first Pacific League team to win the Series in ten years, as the Yomiuri Giants had claimed the prior nine titles behind the OhNagashima attack.

In 1977, the Lions signed Major League Baseball player Leron Lee, who ended up playing for the team for eleven seasons, compiling a .320 career batting average and slugging 283 home runs with 912 career RBI. From his retirement to early 2018 (when surpassed by Norichika Aoki), Lee held the Japanese record for career batting average (players with more than 4,000 at bats). In 1978, Lee invited younger brother Leon Lee to play in Japan, and the brothers formed a feared cleanup for the Orions for five seasons — in 1980, Leron had 33 home runs, 90 RBI, and a batting average of .358; while Leon slugged 41 home runs and drove in 116 runs, with a batting average of .340.

In 1978 the team returned to the Tokyo area, settling in Kawasaki's Kawasaki Stadium, at one time home to the Taiyo Whales (today's Yokohama DeNA Baystars).

In 1992, the team moved to Chiba City's Chiba Marine Stadium on the eastern shore of Tokyo Bay and were renamed the Chiba Lotte Marines.

The team failed to reach the Japan Series again until 2005. The Marines started the 2005 season in first place behind American manager Bobby Valentine, but fell behind the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks as the year progressed. Under the playoff format of the time, the preliminary five-game playoff round, prior to the Japan Series, saw the teams with the best first and second half records face off. The Marines defeated the Hawks three games to two in the Pacific League championship, winning the rubber match despite entering the eighth inning trailing, 2–1.

The Marines thus qualified for the Japan Series, the first time they had reached the tournament since 1974, a 31-year drought. In a one-sided series, the Marines swept the Hanshin Tigers in four games, scoring ten runs in each of the first three games. The apparent ease with which the Marines defeated the Tigers added fuel to the ongoing debate concerning the need for a playoff system in the Central League, which was finally added in 2007 (see Climax Series). The Marines went on to defeat South Korea's Samsung Lions in the final round of the Konami Cup Championships.

In 2010, the Marines clinched third place on the last day of the season to earn a berth into the Climax Series. They went on to become the first third place team to ever win the Climax Series,[citation needed] and faced off with the Chunichi Dragons in the 2010 Japan Series. The Marines defeated the Dragons in seven games, composed of four wins, two losses, and one tie, winning their second Japan Series in under ten years.

Current rosterEdit

First squad Second squad

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches

Head coach
General position player/Infield defense
Pitching
Battery
Hitting
Base running/Outfield defense/Hitting
Base running/Outfield defense
Strategy/Battery
Training
Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches

Head coach/Hitting
Pitching
Battery
Infield defense/Base running
Outfield defense/Base running
Development general, hitting
Development defense, base running
Development pitching
Training
Development Players
Updated August 13, 2021 All NPB rosters


Notable former playersEdit

MLB playersEdit

Active:

Retired:

Honored numberEdit

 
Fans' number
Retired
2005
  • 26 – This number was retired in honor of the Marines' fans in 2005. It was inspired by some teams in other sports (such as football, which retires "12" for the "12th man", or basketball, which retires "6" for the "6th man").The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles has the No. 10 retired in similar fashion. MLB's Los Angeles Angels has retired No. 26, in same fashion, for the founder Gene Autry.

ManagersEdit

No. Years
in office
YR Managers G W L T Win% Pacific League
championships
Japan Series
championships
Playoff
berths
1 19501951 2 Yoshio Yuasa 230 135 85 10 .614 1 (1950) 1 (1950)
2 1952 1 Yoshio Yuasa
Kaoru Betto (1st)
120 75 45 0 .625
3 1953 1 Tadashi Wakabayashi 120 56 62 2 .475
4 19541959 6 Kaoru Betto (2nd) 834 467 341 26 .578
5 1960 1 Yukio Nishimoto 133 82 48 3 .631 1 (1960)
6 19611962 2 Mitsuo Uno 272 132 136 4 .493
7 19631965 3 Yasuji Hondo 440 203 227 10 .472
8 1966 1 Hitoshi Tamaru 134 61 69 4 .469
9 1967 1 Katsuki Tokura,
Watarui Nonin
137 61 69 7 .469
10 19681970 3 Watarui Nonin 399 216 164 19 .568 1 (1970)
11 1971 1 Watarui Nonin,
Keiji Ohsawa
130 80 46 4 .635
12 1972 1 Keiji Ohsawa 130 59 68 3 .465
13 19731978 6 Masaichi Kaneda (1st) 780 374 339 67 .525 1 (1974) 1 (1974) 2 (1974,1977)
14 19791981 3 Kazuhiro Yamauchi 390 182 171 37 .516 2 (1980,1981)
15 19821983 2 Kazuyoshi Yamamoto 260 97 145 18 .401
16 19841986 3 Kazuhisa Inao 390 185 175 30 .514
17 19871989 3 Michiyo Arito 390 153 213 24 .418
18 19901991 2 Masaichi Kaneda (2nd) 260 105 148 7 .415
19 19921994 3 Soroku Yagisawa 390 160 224 6 .417
20 1995 1 Bobby Valentine (1st) 130 69 58 3 .543
21 1996 1 Akira Ejiri 130 60 67 3 .472
22 19971998 2 Akihito Kondo 270 118 147 5 .445
23 19992003 5 Koji Yamamoto 690 324 352 14 .479
24 20042009 6 Bobby Valentine (2nd) 837 425 392 20 .520 1 (2005) 1 (2005) 2 (2005,2007)
25 20102012 3 Norifumi Nishimura 432 191 213 28 .472 1 (2010) 1 (2010)
26 20132017 5 Tsutomui Ihoh 717 339 368 10 .473 3 times
(2013,2015,2016)
27 2018–present 4 Tadahito Iguchi 406 188 208 10 .475 1 (2020)
Totals 71 seasons 23 managers 9,551 4,597 4,580 374 .501 5 times 4 times 11 times
  • Statistics current through the end of the 2020 season.[1]

MascotsEdit

Mar-kun (マーくん, Maa-kun) is a main mascot character of the Marines. With his girlfriend Rine-chan (リーンちゃん, Riin-chan) and his young brother Zu-chan (ズーちゃん, Zuu-chan). he entertains spectators at team games. Their name is a separateness of the team name.

Mysterious fish (謎の魚, Nazo-no-sakana) is a new mascot character since May 2017. He is a weird fish with legs.[2][3] He has collaborated with Hawaiian Airlines that former Marines' player Benny Agbayani works for, since 2018.[4]

Back when the team were known as the "Lotte Orions", their mascot was a character known simply as Bubble-Boy (バブル坊や, Bable-Boya) who only appeared as a logo.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nippon Professional Baseball 千葉ロッテマリーンズ 年度別成績 (1950-2021)". NPB.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved August 19, 2021.
  2. ^ "Please observe the new fish mascot in the Nippon Professional Baseball league". Cut4. 2017-05-31. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  3. ^ "Here's the NPB fish mascot casually pushing a suitcase with hands protruding from inside its mouth". Cut4. 2018-04-29. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  4. ^ "Creepy Evolving Japanese Baseball Mascot Reveals Its Fifth and Final Form". grape. 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2020-05-19.

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