Tag Archive: Hiroshima Carp


2018 Hiroshima Carp Player Movement

Status Name JPN Name ENG Notes
丸佳浩 Yoshihiro Maru [10/13] 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

2018 Hiroshima Carp Phoenix League Roster

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 加藤 拓也 Takuya Kato
P 薮田 和樹 Kazuki Yabuta
P 床田 寛樹 Hiroki Tokoda
P ケムナ 誠 Makoto Kemna
P 藤井 皓哉 Koya Fujii
P 高橋 樹也 Mikiya Takahashi
P 山口 翔 Sho Yamaguchi
P 遠藤 淳志 Atsushi Endo
P 中村 祐太 Yuta Nakamura
P 平岡 敬人 Takato Hiraoka
P 岡林 飛翔 Tsubasa Okabayashi
P 藤井 黎來 Reira Fujii
P 佐々木 健 Ken Sasaki
C 中村 奨成 Shosei Nakamura
C 磯村 嘉孝 Yoshitaka Isomura
C 坂倉 将吾 Shogo Sakakura
INF 桒原 樹 Tatsuki Kuwahara
INF 青木 陸 Riku Aoki
INF 木村 聡司 Satoshi Kimura
OF 堂林 翔太 Shota Dobayashi
OF 下水流 昂 Ko Shimozuru
OF 高橋 大樹 Hiroki Takahashi
OF 永井 敦士 Atsushi Nagai
OF バティスタ Xavier Batista

Source: Hiroshima 10/5/2018


[10/1/2018] Shoichi Ino has right elbow surgery

Shoichi Ino felt some tightness in his right elbow after a start against the Yomiuri Giants on September 14. The Yokohama Bay Stars did not think it was serious at the time, but tests later revealed a bone spur. They opted for early surgery with hopes that he will be 100 percent for the 2019 season.

The Bay Stars announced today that Ino had surgery to clean his right elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. There were no complications during the procedure.

Source: Yokohama 10/1/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2018, Sponichi 10/1/2018, Daily Sports 10/1/2018


[9/28/2018] Brad Eldred heads to US for additional tests on neck

The Hiroshima Carp announced that Brad Eldred will temporarily return to the United States for additional tests on his neck. There is no timetable for when he will rejoin the team.

Source: Daily Sports 9/28/2018, Sanspo 9/28/2018

[UPDATE 9/29 @ 5:24pm]

Eldred first started having problems with his neck during a three-game series against Ni-gun Orix that started on September 7. He still felt pain a few days later and it got worse when he fielded a grounder during a game. He will set a schedule after he gets the neck checked out.

Source: Sponichi 9/29/2018, Daily Sports 9/29/2018


[9/27/2018] Soichiro Amaya planning to retire

The Hiroshima Carp announced on September 27 that this will be Soichiro Amaya’s last year. The thirty-four-year-old approached the Carp about retiring and they accepted. A press conference is scheduled for October 4.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2018, Daily Sports 9/27/2018, Sanspo 9/27/2018, Sponichi 9/27/2018


[9/26/2018] Hiroshima Carp clinch third consecutive Central League pennant

The Hiroshima Carp blanked the Yakult Swallows tonight at Mazda Stadium 10-0 and picked up their third consecutive, ninth overall (1975, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1991, 2016, 2017, 2018), Central League pennant. The Carp clinched at home for the first time since 1991.

Some notes:

  • The Carp joined the Yomiuri Giants as the only Central League teams to win three consecutive pennants in a row.
  • Shota Nakazaki was on the mound when the Carp clinched in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Nakazaki is the first pitcher to accomplish the feat since Kazumi Takahashi (1971-1973).
  • Koichi Ogata was tossed into the air nine times.
  • Takahiro Arai was tossed into the air six times.
  • Among some of the merchandise: cookies and a t-shirt.
  • Celebrations took place in an indoor parking lot at Mazda Stadium. Players and staff celebrated with 6,000 bottles of beer and two barrels of sake. Staff had to prepare and take apart the celebration area when the Carp dropped two straight games after their magic number dropped to one.
  • The Carp will now set their sights on capturing their fourth Nippon Series championship, first since 1984.

Source: Sanspo 9/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2018, Sponichi 9/26/2018, Sponichi 9/26/2018, Sponichi 9/26/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/26/2018, Sports Hochi 9/26/2018, Sports Hochi 9/26/2018, Daily Sports 9/26/2018, Daily Sports 9/26/2018, Daily Sports 9/26/2018, Daily Sports 9/26/2018

Notes from 9/27 @ 1:29pm:

  • Ogata joined Shigeru Mizuhara (1950-1953: 3, 1, 1, 1), Toshiharu Ueda (1974-1977: 2, 1, 1, 1), Motoshi Fujita (1981-1983, 1989: 1, 2, 1, 1), and Masaaki Mori (1986-1989: 1, 1, 1, 3) as the only people in NPB history to record three pennants within the first four years of their managerial careers.
  • TV ratings for the Hiroshima region: 54.0%. Peak: 68.8%.
  • Economic impact for Hiroshima Prefecture from three consecutive pennants: 45.9 billion yen. If Nippon Series: 46.5 billion yen.

Source: Sanspo 9/27/2018, Sponichi 9/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/27/2018


[9/25/2018] Hiroshima Carp hit two million in attendance

The Hiroshima Carp hit two million in attendance for the fourth year in a row.

Source: Hiroshima 9/25/2018



[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


Ryosuke Kikuchi: Did You Know



September 29 vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome – Kikuchi recorded the 250th sac hit of his career in the third inning and became the twentieth player in NPB history to reach the milestone. He joined Kozo Shoda and Akihiro Higashide as the only players in Carp history to record 250 sac hits.

Source: Daily Sports 9/29/2018, Sponichi 9/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/29/2018


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

Source: ZakZak 9/3/2018


Geronimo Franzua: Did You Know



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