Tag Archive: Rakuten Eagles


Toshiaki Imae: Did You Know


April 21 vs Orix at Rakuten Seimei Park – Imae recorded the 100th home run of his career off Hirotoshi Masui in the ninth inning. He became the 286th player in NPB history to reach the milestone.

Imae hit his first home run off Yasushi Kamiuchi during the second inning of a game against Daiei at Chiba Marine on August 21, 2004.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/21/2018, Sponichi 4/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2018


[4/21/2018] Hiroaki Shimauchi to miss four weeks with oblique injury

Hiroaki Shimauchi was taken off the active roster after he suffered an injury while running the bases in the ninth inning of a game against the Softbank Hawks at YafuOku Dome on April 19. He was examined at a hospital in Sendai on April 20 and diagnosed with an injury to his right internal oblique muscle. He will most likely need about four weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2018, Sports Hochi 4/20/2018, Sports Hochi 4/20/2018, Sponichi 4/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2018


[3/26/2018] Rakuten Eagles to retire Senichi Hoshino’s number 77

Senichi Hoshino passed away earlier this year in January. The Rakuten Eagles announced on March 26 that they decided to honor him by retiring the uniform number (77) he wore while he managed the team. The number will also be added to all team uniforms (left chest area) for the duration of the 2018 season. For the home opener, the number will appear on the mound.

Hoshino’s number 77 joins the number 10 as the only two numbers to be retired by the Eagles (the number 10 was set aside for the fans). The Eagles are the first team in NPB history to retire a manager’s number.

Source: Rakuten 3/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/26/2018


[3/16/2018] Japhet Amador slowed by mild knee inflammation

Japhet Amador felt discomfort in his left knee during a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars on March 13. He was examined at a hospital in Shizuoka on March 14 and diagnosed with mild inflammation in the pes anserinus.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/16/2018


[3/7/2018] Kohei Morihara to miss four months with elbow cleaning

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that Kohei Morihara had surgery to clean his right elbow at a hospital in Kanagawa on March 5. Morihara was earlier diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the elbow. He will most likely require about four months for a full recovery.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/7/2018, Sanspo 3/7/2018


[1/31/2018] Kazuya Fujita to start year at Ni-gun spring camp

Kazuya Fujita was examined at a hospital in Sendai on January 29 and diagnosed with an injury to his left soleus muscle that will require three to four weeks for a full recovery. He will start the year at Ni-gun spring camp.

Source: Sanspo 1/31/2018


Kohei Morihara: Did You Know


Morihara (26) filed marriage papers in Hiroshima with a twenty-four-year-old woman from Hyogo on December 26, 2017.

Source: Rakuten 1/31/2018, Sponichi 1/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/31/2018, Daily Sports 1/31/2018


[1/26/2018] Rakuten Eagles unveil new uniforms for 2018

The Rakuten Eagles held a press conference today and unveiled new uniforms for the 2018 season. The uniforms were modeled by Takahiro Norimoto, Yuki Matsui, Ginji, and Motohiro Shima.

Home Uniforms

  • the home uniforms for redesigned for the first time since the team was first established
  • the Eagles logo on the chest now has a gold border (instead of golden yellow)
  • designs for the neck and sleeve cuff were also changed (no more raglan sleeves)

Visitor Uniforms

  • a new chest logo
  • more “stylish” than before
  • new designs for the neck and sleeve cuffs (no more raglan sleeves)

Tohoku Pride Uniforms 2018

  • taking pride in Tohoku
  • Tohoku logo on the chest is the same design used for the Tohoku Green Uniforms in 2013

FANS’ Uniform 2018

  • crimson red
  • a uniform to be worn with the fans

The Eagles also opened a special site to show off the new uniforms.

Source: Rakuten 1/26/2018, Sports Hochi 1/26/2018, Daily Sports 1/26/2018


Tsuyoshi Yamasaki: Did You Know


Yamasaki ran the ten-meter in 1.68 seconds during rookie workouts on January 17, 2018. He can run the fifty-meter in 5.8 seconds.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2018, Daily Sports 1/18/2018, Sports Hochi 1/18/2018


[1/6/2018] Senichi Hoshino passes away

The media learned that Rakuten Eagles’ Vice Chairman Senichi Hoshino passed away on January 4. He was seventy years old.

Hoshino apparently fell sick toward the end of last year and canceled plans to spend time with family in Hawaii at the last minute. He did attend Hall of Fame celebrations in Tokyo on November 28, 2017 and in Osaka on December 1 last year.

As a pitcher with the Chunichi Dragons, Hoshino went 146-121 with a 3.60 ERA over 2128.2 innings spanning 500 games between 1969 and 1982. As a manager, he led the Dragons to two first place finishes, the Hanshin Tigers to one first place finish, and the Rakuten Eagles to one first place finish that culminated in his first and only Nippon Series Championship. He was voted into the Hall of Fame last year.

Source: Sponichi 1/6/2018

[UPDATE 1/7 @ 5:19am]

Additional information:

  • Hoshino passed away at 5:25am on January 4 at his daughters house in Mie Prefecture.
  • Hoshino fell in the bathroom and hit his jaw and lower back on January 2, but was able to eat normally the following day. Things took a sudden turn for the worse on the morning of January 4.
  • Hoshino found out he had pancreatic cancer when he developed acute pancreatitis in July 2016. He was apparently told he had three months.

Source: Sanspo 1/7/2018

[UPDATE 1/10 @ 1:51am]

The Hanshin Tigers and Chunichi Dragons scheduled memorial games for Hoshino.

  • Hanshin: exhibition game against Chunichi at Koshien Stadium on March 10 (Sat). Alternate date: exhibition game against Chunichi at Koshien Stadium on March 11 (Sun). Source: Hanshin 1/9/2018
  • Chunichi: exhibition game against Rakuten at Nagoya Dome on March 3 (Sat). Source: Chunichi 1/9/2018
NPB Standings [Full]
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
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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