Forty-one-year-old Takahiro Arai held a press conference at Mazda Stadium earlier today to announce his plans to retire after the season. Points taken from his press conference:
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/5/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/5/2018, Sports Hochi 9/5/2018, Sports Hochi 9/5/2018, Sponichi 9/5/2018, Sponichi 9/5/2018, Daily Sports 9/5/2018, Daily Sports 9/5/2018, Daily Sports 9/5/20180 Comments
Kikuchi is a Ghibli fan. He likes to unwind and watch Ghibli films on his day off.
Source: ZakZak 9/3/20180 Comments
August 29 vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome – Franzua pitched in his seventeenth game of the month and set a new Carp record for appearances in a month. The seventeen appearances also tied the Central League record.
Source: Daily Sports 8/29/2018
August 30 vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome – Franzua pitched the eighth and set a new CL record with eighteen appearances in one month. He also tied the NPB record for appearances in a month by a pitcher, held by Kazuhisa Inao (September 1956) and Naoya Masuda (May 2013).0 Comments
August 24 vs Chunichi at Mazda Stadium – Aizawa recorded his twelfth home run of the season and tied Masato Monzen’s Carp franchise record for most home runs in a season by a catcher (set in 1953).
September 8 vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome – Aizawa set a new Carp record for home runs in a season by a catcher with his thirteenth blast of the year (sixth inning, off Koji Fukutani).0 Comments
Twenty-nine-year-old Yoshihiro Maru earned his domestic free agent option with eight years of service time on the active roster.0 Comments
Tomohiro Abe hurt his right hand while playing defense in the tenth inning of a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars on August 5. He was taken off the active roster on August 7 with a fractured middle finger.0 Comments
Koichi Ogata recorded the 300th managerial victory of his career when the Hiroshima Carp stopped a two-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over Yokohama Bay Stars 4-2 on August 4.
Ogata recorded the milestone win in his 521st game, fewest in Carp history and seventh fewest in NPB history. The milestone win is also sixth most in Carp history, behind Takeshi Kobal (711 wins), Koji Yamamoto (649 wins), Katsumi Shiraishi (581 wins), Toshiyuki Mimura (337 wins), and Kenjiro Nomura (321 wins).0 Comments
July 27 vs Yokohama at Mazda Stadium – Batista blasted the first grand slam of his career (third inning off Joe Wieland).
Source: Dailly Sports 7/27/20180 Comments
Takayoshi Noma hurt his left leg (possibly something near his left ankle) while running down a fly ball in the eighth inning of a game against the Yomiuri Giants on July 21. He was taken off the active roster on July 22.0 Comments
The Softbank Hawks and Hiroshima Carp announced today that they reached an agreement on a trade. The Hawks will send twenty-three-year-old Kaisei Sone to the Bay Stars for twenty-four-year-old Yuki Mima.0 Comments