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, 2004.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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 3/16/20180 Comments
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.0 Comments
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 1/31/20180 Comments
Morihara (26) filed marriage papers in Hiroshima with a twenty-four-year-old woman from Hyogo on December 26, 2017.0 Comments
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.
Tohoku Pride Uniforms 2018
FANS’ Uniform 2018
The Eagles also opened a special site to show off the new uniforms.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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]
Source: Sanspo 1/7/2018
[UPDATE 1/10 @ 1:51am]
The Hanshin Tigers and Chunichi Dragons scheduled memorial games for Hoshino.