Kuroda, Hiroki 黒田 博樹 (くろだ・ひろき)
Born: 02/09/1975 (age 45)
Height: 185cm
Weight: 93kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Osaka
Draft: 1996, 2nd Round
History: 上宮高-専大-広島-ドジャース-ヤンキース
Roster Changes: removed 05/07/2016, added 05/19/2016, removed 06/17/2016, added 06/28/2016, removed 09/10/2016, added 09/24/2016, removed 10/01/2016, added 10/13/2016, removed 10/14/2016

[3/13/2017] Hiroshima Carp: Hiroki Kuroda Special Uniforms

The Hiroshima Carp announced on March 10 that they will be wearing special Hiroki Kuroda uniforms during an exhibition game on March 18 against the Nippon Ham Fighters. They unveiled the uniforms on March 13.

The special uniforms are based on designs that were used by the team when Kuroda first joined the team. All uniforms will carry the number fifteen, as well as a Kuroda patch on the left chest.

Source: Hiroshima 3/10, Hiroshima 3/13


[10/31/2016] Hiroshima Carp to retire Hiroki Kuroda’s number

Hiroshima Carp Owner Hajime Matsuda told the media that Hiroki Kuroda’s uniform number fifteen will be retired. He will be the third player in franchise history to have his uniform number retired. The other two players: Sachio Kinugasa’s number three and Koji Yamamoto number eight.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2016, Daily Sports 10/31/2016, Sponichi 10/31/2016


[10/25/2016] Hiroki Kuroda’s night ends after 5.2 innings

Hiroki Kuroda’s night ended a little early tonight. He appeared to be in pain after he got Shohei Otani to fly out to left with one out in the sixth inning. He left the field for treatment and returned after about two minutes. He threw a few warm-up pitches before he was removed from the game.

Final line: 5.2 IP, 21 BF, 85 NP, 4 H, 1 SO, 1 SH, 1 R, ER.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2016, Daily Sports 10/25/2016

[UPDATE 10/26 @ 4:13am]

Kuroda developed discomfort (cramps/tightness) in both legs. He decided to come out of the game because this was not a game the team could afford to lose.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2016, Sports Hochi 10/25/2016

[UPDATE 10/26 @ 6:59pm]

Kuroda first developed cramps in his calves at the start of the sixth inning. After he returned to the field, he threw three practice pitches and felt tightness in both his hamstrings. He felt it made more sense to pull himself out of the game with the bases empty rather than with a runner on (if it got that far).

Source: Sports Hochi 10/26/2016, Daily Sports 10/26/2016

[UPDATE 10/27 @ 5:37am]

Kuroda threw the ball about fifty times when he played catch during practices on October 26. He told reporters he felt fine and that he was able to throw the ball with authority. If the Nippon Series goes to seven games, there is a good chance he will get the start.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2016


[10/18/2016] Hiroki Kuroda to retire after this season

Hiroki Kuroda held a press conference at a hotel in Hiroshima on October 18 to announce his plans to retire after the season.

Kuroda was selected by the Hiroshima Carp in the second round of the 1996 draft. He pitched in 321 NPB games and went 124-105 with a 3.55 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 2,021.2 innings. He also pitched in 212 MLB games and went 79-79 with a 3.45 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 1,319.0 innings. He made the Best Nine in 2005 and won a Golden Glove in the same year. He won MVP of the Month Awards in May 2005, July 2006, and August 2006. He made the All-Star team five times (2001, 2005-2007, 2015).

Notes from various sources:

Source: Hiroshima announcement, Daily Sports 10/18/2016, Sports Hochi 10/18/2016, Sports Hochi 10/18/2016, Sponichi 10/18/2016, Sponichi 10/18/2016

[UPDATE 10/19 @ 4:22pm]

TV ratings for Kuroda’s press conference averaged 19.2% and peaked at 23.6%.

Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2016


[10/11/2016] Hiroki Kuroda might have some shoulder discomfort

Hiroki Kuroda may have developed some discomfort in his right shoulder while playing catch during practices at Mazda Stadium on October 10. He temporarily stopped playing catch for treatment (massage) and resumed by playing catch at a distance of about sixty meters.

Kuroda is projected to start the third game of the Final Stage. It is uncertain if the shoulder will keep him from the start. However, it should also be noted that he told reporters the discomfort was nothing new and not a problem.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/11/2016, Daily Sports 10/11/2016


[10/2/2016] Hiroki Kuroda picks up tenth win

Hiroki Kuroda started a game against the Yakult Swallows at Mazda Stadium on October 1 and picked up his tenth victory of the season.

Kuroda became the fourth pitcher in their forties to record at least ten wins in two seasons, first since Masahiro Yamamoto (2006, 2008). He joined Tadashi Wakabayashi (1948, 1949) and Kimiyasu Kudo (2004, 2005) as the only pitchers in their forties to record at least ten wins in two consecutive seasons. Kuroda and Wakabayashi are the only pitchers that threw enough innings to qualify for a title in the two seasons they won at least ten games during their forties. Kuroda is the only pitcher to accomplish the feat since the two-league format began in 1950.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2016


[9/11/2016] Hiroki Kuroda taken off active roster

Hiroki Kuroda was taken off the active roster today to give him ample time to rest and prepare for the Climax Series.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/11/2016


[8/30/2016] Hiroshima Prefecture to give Kuroda, Arai Prefectural Honor Awards

Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki announced during a press conference on August 30 that the prefecture was going to give Olympic gold medalist Rie Kaneto and Hiroshima Carp players Hiroki Kuroda (200 wins) and Takahiro Arai (2,000 hits) Prefectural Honor Awards.

Source: Hiroshima Prefecture announcement


Hiroki Kuroda: Did You Know

A few notes about Kuroda:

Source: Daily Sports 7/24/2016, Sports Hochi 7/24/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/24/2016


[7/23/2016] Third time’s the charm: Hiroshi Kuroda wins 200th game

Hiroshi Kuroda recorded his 200th career NPB(121) + MLB(79) victory on July 23. It was his third start since he rang up his 199th victory on June 29.

Kuroda is the twenty-sixth player in NPB history to reach 200 victories. He joined Hideo Nomo as the only two pitchers to hit the milestone with wins from the MLB and NPB.

At forty-one years and five months, he is the second oldest player to reach the milestone. The oldest: Masahiro Yamamoto at forty-two years and eleven months in 2008.

Of the 200 victories Kuroda has recorded, only one came in relief. He is just the second player out of college since 1950 to win 200 games. The other: Minoru Murayama in 1970.

Road the 200 Victories

Win # Date Opponent Venue
1 04/25/1997 Yomiuri Giants Tokyo Dome
50 08/17/2003 Yokohama Bay Stars Hiroshima Stadium
100 07/14/2007 Yomiuri Giants Tokyo Dome
150 06/13/2012 Atlanta Braves Turner Field
200 07/23/2016 Hanshin Tigers Mazda Stadium

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2016, Sponichi 7/23/2016, Sponichi 7/24/2016Daily Sports 7/23/2016