Hiroshima Toyo Carp (広島東洋カープ)

[12/4/2018] Hiroshima Carp reach agreement with Casey Lawrence

The Hiroshima Carp announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old Casey Lawrence. He was assigned the uniform number 70. According to Daily Sports and Nikkan Sports, Lawrence agreed to a salary worth an estimated 520,000 US dollars plus incentives and a signing bonus worth an estimated 300,000 US dollars.

Source: Hiroshima 12/4/2018, Daily Sports 12/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/4/2018


[11/29/2018] Rakuten to send Yasunori Kikuchi to Hiroshima for Yuya Fukui

The Rakuten Eagles and Hiroshima Carp announced that they agreed on a one-for-one trade. Rakuten will send twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Yasunori Kikuchi to Hiroshima for thirty-year-old Yuya Fukui.

Source: Rakuten 11/29/2018, Hiroshima 11/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2018, Sports Hochi 11/29/2018, Daily Sports 11/29/2018

[UPDATE 12/6 @ 3:47pm]

The Eagles held a press conference for Fukui earlier today. He was assigned the uniform number 31.

Source: Rakuten 12/5/2018, Daily Sports 12/6/2018

[UPDATE 12/14 @ 2:17pm]

The Carp held a press conference for Kikuchi today. He was assigned the uniform number 59.

Source: Hiroshima 12/14/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/14/2018


[11/24/2018] Koichi Ogata agrees to new one-year deal

Koichi Ogata agreed to a new contract on November 23. He met Hiroshima Carp officials and worked out a deal on a one-year contract worth an estimated 100 million yen (up ten million yen from this year). Next year will be Ogata’s fifth year as manager of the Carp.

Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2018, Sanspo 11/24/2018


Akitake Okada: Did You Know

Relationships & Family


November 22 – The Hiroshima Carp announced that Okada (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-three-year-old woman.

Source: Daily Sports 11/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2018


[11/19/2018] Hiroshima Carp uniform number changes

The Hiroshima Carp announced uniform number changes for the following three players:

Source: Hiroshima 11/19/2018


[11/17/2018] Hiroshima Carp reach agreement with Kyle Regnault

The Hiroshima Carp announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old pitcher Kyle Regnault. He was assigned the uniform number 58.

I am excited about the chance to continue my career with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. I am looking forward to meeting my teammates and staff, living in Hiroshima with my family, and helping the team win.

I am grateful for the opportunity to play in Japan and accept this new challenge. I can’t wait to meet the supportive Carp fans. Please root for me.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a deal worth 400,000 US dollars plus incentives with a signing bonus worth 125,0000 US dollars.

Source: Hiroshima 11/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Sponichi 11/16/2018, Sanspo 11/16/2018


[11/14/2018] Hiroshima Carp parting ways with Brad Eldred, Jay Jackson

The Hiroshima Carp announced that Kris Johnson, Geronimo Franzua, Xavier Batista, Alejandro Mejia, and Johnny Hellweg will return next season.

The Carp also announced that they will not sign Brad Eldred, Jay Jackson, and Leonel Campos to contracts for the 2019 season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2018, Sponichi 11/14/2018, Daily Sports 11/14/2018, Daily Sports 11/14/2018, Sports Hochi 11/14/2018, Sports Hochi 11/14/2018


[11/9/2018] Seiya Suzuki has surgery to remove screws and plates

The Hiroshima Carp announced on November 9 that Seiya Suzuki had surgery to remove screws and plates from his right ankle at a hospital in Hiroshima. The screws and plates were used to treat an ankle fracture he suffered in August last year.

Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2018, Sanspo 11/9/2018

See also:


Hiroshima Carp 2019 Coaching Staff

Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
79 監督
緒方 孝市
Koichi Ogata
71 ヘッドコーチ
Head Coach
高 信二
Shinji Ko
75 外野守備・走塁コーチ
OF/Base Coach
廣瀬 純
Jun Hirose
80 内野守備・走塁コーチ
INF/Base Coach
山田 和利
Kazutoshi Yamada
72 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
東出 輝裕
Akihiro Higashide
91 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
迎 祐一郎
Yuichiro Mukae
88 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
佐々岡 真司
Shinji Sasaoka
78 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
畝 龍実
Tatsumi Une
84 バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
植田 幸弘
Yukihiro Ueda

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
89 監督
水本 勝己
Katsumi Mizumoto
85 外野守備・走塁コーチ
OF/Base Coach
永田 利則
Toshinori Nagata
90 内野守備・走塁コーチ
INF/Base Coach
玉木 朋孝
Tomotaka Tamaki
83 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
朝山 東洋
Toyo Asayama
92 打撃コーチ
Hitting Coach
森笠 繁
Shigeru Morikasa
73 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
小林 幹英
Kanei Kobayashi
86 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
菊地原 毅
Tsuyoshi Kikuchihara
76 バッテリーコーチ
Battery Coach
倉 義和
Yoshikazu Kura

San-gun Coaching Staff

Uni Position Name
82 統括コーチ
Supervising Coach
浅井 樹
Itsuki Asai
87 投手コーチ
Pitching Coach
澤崎 俊和
Toshikazu Sawazaki
93 投手コーチ 強化担当
Pitching Coach (Technical Director)
青木 勇人
Hayato Aoki

Source: Hiroshima 11/8/2018


Yoshihiro Maru 2018 Off-season Updates

Date Updates
12/14/2018 12:11am – The Carp received a list of unprotected players from the Giants. Sports Hochi 12/13/2018, Daily Sports 12/12/2018
11/30/2018 11:36am – Yoshihiro Maru planning to sign with the Yomiuri Giants
11/25/2018 5:15pm – The Yomiuri Giants met Maru at a hotel in Tokyo on November 24. Tatsunori Hara participated in the meeting. The Giants also offered the uniform number 8, the number Hara wore before he retired. Maru is not planning to hold any additional meetings with any of the teams he has met and could make a decision fairly soon. Daily Sports 11/25/2018, Daily Sports 11/25/2018, Daily Sports 11/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018, Sponichi 11/24/2018, Sponichi 11/25/2018Latest Yomiuri offer rumors: five years, 3.5 billion yen (Daily Sports 11/25/2018), five years, over 3.0 billion yen (Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018, Sponichi 11/25/2018, Sanspo 11/25/2018) … 5:05pm – Tadahito Iguchi offered his uniform number to Maru during their meeting on November 22. Daily Sports 11/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018
11/24/2018 10:14am – Latest Lotte offer rumor: six years, more than 2.4 billion yen (Sponichi 11/24/2018). … 3:20am – Latest Lotte offer rumors: six years, 3.0 billion yen (Sports Hochi 11/23/2018), six years, 2.5 billion yen (Nikkan Sports 11/23/2018), base four years, 2.0 billion yen (Sanspo 11/23/2018).
11/22/2018 2:46pm – Maru and his agent met Lotte officials in Tokyo today. Five Lotte officials, including Tadahito Iguchi, were in attendance. The meeting lasted about forty minutes. Sponichi thinks Maru may have been offered six years and over 2.4 billion yen. Sanspo 11/22/2018, Sponichi 11/22/2018
11/20/2018 2:50am – Maru sat down with the Carp for about an hour on November 19. He told reporters he wanted to make sure he got all the information he needed from Hiroshima before he started meeting other teams. Sanspo 11/19/2018, Daily Sports 11/19/2018
11/19/2018 6:27am – Sports Hochi seems to think the Marines could offer up to six years at 2.4 billion yen. They might be able to push the package up to 3.0 billion after incentives. Sports Hochi 11/19/2018 … Daily Sports still has their guess at four years and 2.0 billion yen. Daily Sports 11/19/2018
11/17/2018 1:44pm – The Giants spoke to Maru’s agent on November 15. They are working out a schedule. They might be getting ready to offer a five-year deal worth 3.5 billion yen and the uniform number 8. Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/17/2018 … Or a five-year contract worth about 3 billion yen and the uniform number 8. Nikkan Sports 11/16/2018, Sponichi 11/17/2018
11/16/2018 11:23am – The Marines and Eagles contacted Maru’s agent about their interest on November 15. The Giants offer might be around four to five years and over 2.5 billion yen (or five years and 3.5 billion yen and the uniform number 8).  Sanspo 11/16/2018, Sanspo 11/16/2018, Sponichi 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/16/2018, Daily Sports 11/16/2018
11/15/2018 12:15pm – Latest offer rumors: Hiroshima four years and around 1.7 billion yen (Sanspo 11/15/2018); Lotte four years and two billion yen (Sanspo 11/15/2018, Sports Hochi 11/15/2018); Yomiuri four years and over two billion yen, could add a fifth year (Sanspo 11/15/2018), five years over three billion yen (Nikkan Sports 11/15/2018).
11/13/2018 12:41pm – ZakZak interview with Maru: his family has not moved to the Kanto area and his commercial contract with Momiji Ginko was put on hold, not terminated. ZakZak 11/12/2018
11/8/2018 10:15am – Latest offer rumors: Yomiuri four years over 2 billion yen (Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018), six years around 2.5 billion yen (Daily Sports 11/8/2018); Lotte four years around 2 billion yen (Nikkan Sports 11/8/2018, Sponichi 11/8/2018, Sanspo 11/8/2018); Hiroshima three years around 1.2 billion yen (Daily Sports 11/8/2018), four years about 1.7 billion yen (Sanspo 11/8/2018). … 4:23am – Maru has decided to exercise his free agent option. He told reporters he was curious about what other teams thought of him. Hiroshima is not planning to place any deadlines on their offer. Sponichi 11/7/2018, Tokyo Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Daily Sports 11/7/2018, Sports Hochi 11/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2018
11/6/2018 Maru might be will to go up to 2.5 billion yen. Lotte might be willing to go up to 2 billion. Sponichi 11/6/2018 … ZakZak mentions two rumors: his family may have already moved to the Tokyo area and he may be looking for at least five years. ZakZak 11/6/2018
11/4/2018 The Carp’s offer might be four years at around 1.7 billion yen. The Giants might be putting together a deal that is worth about 2.5 billion yen. The Carp are okay with keeping negotiations open even if Maru exercises the option. Sponichi 11/4/2018, Sanspo 11/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018
10/20/2018 The Yomiuri Giants are interested. Sponichi 10/20/2018, Daily Sports 10/20/2018
10/13/2018 Domestic free agent option. Lotte is interested and could offer a multi-year deal if Maru decides to use his option. One possibility is four years at around two billion yen. Maru is from Chiba and went to a high school in Chiba. Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018, Sanspo 10/13/2018, Sports Hochi 10/13/2018, Sponichi 10/13/2018