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[9/5/2018] Takahiro Arai to retire after the season

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:

  • Arai told the Carp about wanting to retire in early August.
  • The Carp asked him to reconsider and Arai spent the rest of August re-thinking his plans. Nothing changed.
  • There was no one moment that made him consider retirement. He starting thinking about retirement around Inter-league play.
  • When considering the timing, he thought about the current group of young players on the roster and what things would be like three and five years from now.
  • Arai came to the Carp with nothing but a desire to help the team. He wanted to retire the moment he knew he could no longer help.
  • He spoke to Hiroki Kuroda and Yoshiyuki Ishihara.
  • His kids did not want him to retire.
  • He does not consider himself to be a great player, just one that practices a lot and happened to be in the right place at the right time.
  • Arai was okay with making an announcement after the season, but the Carp wanted him to say something sooner to give fans a chance to watch him play.

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 9/5/2018

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Ryosuke Kikuchi: Did You Know

Miscellaneous

Kikuchi is a Ghibli fan. He likes to unwind and watch Ghibli films on his day off.

Source: ZakZak 9/3/2018

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Geronimo Franzua: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

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).

Source: Sponichi 8/30/2018, Daily Sports 8/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/30/2018

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Tsubasa Aizawa: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

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).

Source: Sponichi 8/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/24/2018, Daily Sports 8/24/2018

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).

Source: Daily Sports 9/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/9/2018

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[8/17/2018] Yoshihiro Maru earns domestic FA option

Twenty-nine-year-old Yoshihiro Maru earned his domestic free agent option with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2018, Sponichi 8/17/2018, Daily Sports 8/17/2018

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[8/8/2018] Tomohiro Abe out with fractured finger

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2018, Tokyo Sports 8/7/2018, Sponichi 8/7/2018, Daily Sports 8/7/2018

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[8/4/2018] Koichi Ogata picks up 300th managerial win

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).

Source: Daily Sports 8/4/2018, Sports Hochi 8/5/2018, Sanspo 8/5/2018

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Xavier Batista: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

July 27 vs Yokohama at Mazda Stadium – Batista blasted the first grand slam of his career (third inning off Joe Wieland).

Source: Dailly Sports 7/27/2018

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[7/22/2018] Takayoshi Noma taken off active roster

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2018, Jiji 7/22/2018, Daily Sports 7/22/2018

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[7/22/2018] Softbank sends Kaisei Sone to Yokohama in return for Yuki Mima

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.

Source: Softbank 7/22/2018, Hiroshima 7/22/2018, Daily Sports 7/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/22/2018, Sponichi 7/22/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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