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Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (東北楽天ゴールデンイーグルス, Tōhoku Rakuten Gōruden Īgurusu) is a baseball team based in Sendai, in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. It has played in Nippon Professional Baseball's Pacific League since the team's formation in 2005. The team is owned by the Internet shopping company Rakuten.[1]

Rakuten Eagles
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Team logo Cap insignia
Information
League

Nippon Professional Baseball (2005–present)

Ballpark
Year established 2005
Nickname(s)
  • Washi (, eagles)
  • Inuwashi (イヌワシ, golden eagles)
Pacific League pennants 1 (2013)
Japan Series championships 1 (2013)
Colors Red, Gold
         
Retired numbers 10
Ownership Rakuten Inc.
Manager Masataka Nashida
Uniforms
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The team was created to fill the void left by the merger of the Orix BlueWave and the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes during the 2004 Nippon Professional Baseball realignment. The merger was to leave the Pacific League with five teams, causing the biggest crisis in the history of the NPB, including the first player strike in Japanese professional baseball history.

After posting losing records in their first four seasons, the team finished second behind the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in the 2009 pennant race under the leadership of manager Katsuya Nomura, the oldest manager in NPB history. In the league championship playoffs the Eagles lost the six-game series against the Fighters 1-4 and Nomura announced his retirement. In 2010 the team was managed by American Marty Brown, the former manager of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Brown was fired after a single season after the team had slumped back to last place. Hall of Fame member Senichi Hoshino subsequently managed the team for four years, including their successful 2013 season, where they defeated the Chiba Lotte Marines to claim the League championship and went on to become Japan Series champions after defeating the Yomiuri Giants. Masataka Nashida has been the team's manager since 2016.

The team's stadium was heavily damaged by floods during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11.[2]

Contents

Players of noteEdit

First squad Second squad

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders



Development Players

Updated April 25, 2015
All NPB rosters


Former managersEdit

Former playersEdit

Retired numbersEdit

  • 10 – This number is worn by both team mascots, Clutch and Clutchina, and is considered the number of the fan, the 'tenth man' on the field. It is the first retired number in NPB involving a fan, 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"). It should be noted that there are ten starting players in the Pacific League as the league uses the designated hitter. The Chiba Lotte Marines has the #26 retired in similar fashion (MLB's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim has retired #26, in similar fashion, for the original owner Gene Autry).

MLB playersEdit

Active:

Retired:

Honours and recordsEdit

2013 honoursEdit

Rakuten (楽天) were victorious in the 2013 Japan Series after defeating the Yomiuri Giants .

RecordsEdit

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
Year Manager Games Wins Losses Ties Pct. GB BA ERA Place
2005 Yasushi Tao 136 38 97 1 .281 51.5 .255 5.67 6
2006 Katsuya Nomura 136 47 85 4 .356 33.0 .258 4.30 6
2007 Katsuya Nomura 144 67 75 2 .472 13.5 .262 4.31 4
2008 Katsuya Nomura 144 65 76 3 .461 11.5 .272 3.89 5
2009 Katsuya Nomura 144 77 66 1 .538 5.5 .267 4.01 2
2010 Marty Brown 144 62 79 3 .440 15.0 .265 3.98 6
2011 Senichi Hoshino 144 66 71 7 .482 22.5 .245 2.85 5
2012 Senichi Hoshino 144 67 67 10 .500 7.5 .252 2.99 4
2013 Senichi Hoshino 144 82 59 3 .582 - .267 3.51 1
2014 Senichi Hoshino 144 64 80 0 .444 17.0 .255 3.97 6
2015 Hiromoto Okubo 143 57 83 3 .407 33.5 .241 3.82 6
2016 Masataka Nashida 143 62 78 3 .443 25.0 .257 4.11 5
Total -- 1567 754 916 40 .452 -- -- -- --

Golden Eagles Fan Club honorary membersEdit

See alsoEdit

GalleryEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit