The Hiroshima Carp announced on October 1 that Koichi Ogata was stepping down as manager because of the team’s performance this season (a failure to win a fourth pennant in a row and a failure to win the organization’s first Nippon Series since 1984). The Carp held a press conference on October 7 to introduce Shinji Sasaoka as their new manager. Sasaoka first joined Hiroshima’s staff as a Ni-gun pitching coach in 2014. He was reassigned to Ichi-gun pitching coach this year.2 Comments
Thirty-one-year-old catcher Tsubasa Aizawa held a press conference at Mazda Stadium on Thursday (October 10) and announced that he will remain with the Hiroshima Carp and will not exercise the free agent option he earned this season. According to media reports, he agreed to a three-year deal that could be worth around 600 million yen (up from the estimated 92 million he made this year).0 Comments
The Hiroshima Carp announced that they signed twenty-four-year-old infielder Juan Santana to an Ikusei contract. His salary will be an estimated 2.3 million yen. He was assigned the uniform number 146.0 Comments
Ko Shimozuru hurt his left leg while running the bases during the sixth inning of a practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on February 23. He was taken to a hospital in Okinawa for tests and diagnosed with some inflammation in his left hamstring.0 Comments
February 21 – Morinaga heard that Lawrence likes Hi-Chew and sent him a box full on the house.
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The Hiroshima Carp announced that Koya Takahashi had surgery on his left elbow (medial collateral ligament reconstructive surgery and ulnar neurolysis) on February 14. He will most likely miss the entire 2019 season.0 Comments
Shosei Nakamura was examined at a hospital after developing pain in the right side of his back during batting practice. The Hiroshima Carp announced today that he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the first rib on his right side. He will be reassigned to San-gun for rehab and treatment.0 Comments
The Hiroshima Carp announced that they signed Kris Johnson through to 2020. Johnson will be in the final year of a three-year contract this season. The new contract is a one-year deal worth an estimated 2.5 million US dollars plus incentives. The deal also includes a signing bonus worth an estimated 500,000 US dollars.0 Comments
Relationships and Family
January 8 – Takahashi (24) filed marriage papers in Hiroshima with a twenty-six-year-old woman from Gifu on December 25, 2018.0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants and Hiroshima Carp announced that thirty-four-year-old Hisayoshi Chono will be heading to Hiroshima as part of a compensation package for losing Yoshihiro Maru to the Giants via free agency. The Carp will also get fifty percent of Maru’s salary from 2018 (an estimated 150 million yen).
[UPDATE 1/10 @ 6:18pm]
The Carp announced that Chono was assigned the uniform number 5. He was also offered the number 9, but turned it down because he feels it will look better on Takayoshi Noma in the future. The uniform 9 was worn by Yoshihiro Maru between 2014 and 2018.0 Comments