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[1/6/2018] Senichi Hoshino passes away

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]

Additional information:

Source: Sanspo 1/7/2018

[UPDATE 1/10 @ 1:51am]

The Hanshin Tigers and Chunichi Dragons scheduled memorial games for Hoshino.

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[12/27/2017] Rakuten Eagles reach agreement with O’Koyea Dickson

The Rakuten Eagles announced on December 26 that they reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old O’Koyea Dickson. He was assigned the uniform number 55.

Dickson had surgery on his left shoulder in October and is currently making his way back from the injury. The Eagles confirmed through a physical that he is making steady progress.

The Eagles will head into the 2018 season with seven foreign players (three pitchers, four position players).

Source: Rakuten 12/26/2017, Sanspo 12/26/2017, Sports Hochi 12/26/2017, Daily Sports 12/26/2017

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[12/25/2017] Rakuten Eagles: New name for Miyagi Stadium

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that Miyagi Stadium will have a new name next season.

Official Name: Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi

Shortened Versions: Rakuten Seimei Park, Rakuten Seimei

Terms: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2019

Source: Rakuten 12/25/2017

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Yuri Furukawa: Did You Know

Relationships

Furukawa (22) filed marriage papers with a woman from Saga on December 24, 2o17.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/25/2017

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[12/16/2017] Rakuten Eagles interested in O’Koyea Dickson

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in twenty-seven-year-old O’Koyea Dickson. The two sides may be close to finalizing a contract. An announcement could be made within the next few days.

The Eagles already have six foreign players on their seventy-man roster (three position players, three pitchers). However, they wanted a right-handed bat because they struggled against left-handed pitching this season.

Dickson is currently recovering from surgery on his left shoulder (subluxation) and is not expected to be ready for spring camp.

Source: Sanspo 12/16/2017Sponichi 12/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/16/2017, Daily Sports 12/16/2017

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[12/8/2017] Louis Okoye returns from Mexico

Louis Okoye left for Mexico on November 23 to play winter ball with the Caneros de Los Mochis. He made his debut on November 28 (started in center and batted lead-off) and struck out three consecutive trips to the plate.

Okoye returned to Japan on December 8 because he was not getting any playing time and wanted more time to practice.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/8/2017, Sports Hochi 12/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2017, Sponichi 12/8/2017

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Ginji Akaminai: Did You Know

2017

Ginji will make 100 million yen in 2018. He is the first Rakuten Eagle position player drafted out of high school to reach 100 million yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/8/2017, Sports Hochi 12/8/2017


Family

Ginji has three children: Torajiro (four in 2017), Momojiro (two), and Konatsu (born Dececmber 2017).

Source: Sponichi 12/31/2017

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Kodai Hamaya: Did You Know

Relationships

Hamaya (24) filed marriage papers with a twenty-nine-year-old woman from Tokyo on December 3, 2017.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/8/2017

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Toru Hosokawa: Did You Know

Weight

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[12/5/2017] Rakuten Eagles: uniform number changes

The Rakuten Eagles announced the following uniform number changes on December 5:

Source: Rakuten 12/5/2017

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