Hanshin Tigers

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Hanshin Tigers
Hanshintigerslogo.png Hanshin Tigers cap insignia.svg
Team logo Cap insignia
League

Nippon Professional Baseball (1950–present)

Ballpark Koshien Stadium (1936–present)
Year established 1935
Nickname(s)
  • Tora (トラ?, tigers)
  • Mōko (猛虎?, fierce tigers)
Japanese Baseball League titles 4 (Fall 1937, Spring 1938, 1944, 1947)
Central League pennants 5 (1962, 1964, 1985, 2003, 2005)
Japan Series championships 1 (1985)
Former name(s)
  • Osaka Tigers (1935–1940)
  • Hanshin B.C. (1940–1944)
  • Osaka Tigers (1946–1960)
  • Hanshin Tigers (1961–present)
Former league(s) Japanese Baseball League (1936-1949)
Colors Yellow, Black, White
              
Retired numbers 10, 11, 23
Ownership Hanshin Electric Railway Co.
Manager Yutaka Wada
General Manager Katsuhiro Nakamura
Uniforms
Hanshin Tigers uniforms.png
HANSHIN Tigers Co., Ltd.
株式会社阪神タイガース
Type Kabushiki gaisha
Founded Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan (December 10, 1935 (1935-12-10), Osaka Baseball Club Co.)
Headquarters 2-33, Koshiencho, Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
Parent Hanshin Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Footnotes / references
renamed "Hanshin Tigers Co., Ltd." in 1961

The Hanshin Tigers (阪神タイガース Hanshin Taigāsu?) are a Nippon Professional Baseball team playing in the Central League. The team is based in Koshien, Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, and are owned by Hanshin Electric Railway Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Hankyu Hanshin Holdings Inc.

The Hanshin Tigers are one of the oldest professional clubs in Japan. They played their first season in 1936 as the Osaka Tigers and assumed their current team name in 1961.

History[edit]

Kōshien Stadium (in 2009)

The Hanshin Tigers, one of the oldest professional clubs in Japan, were founded on December 10, 1935 with the team being formed in 1936. The team was first called "the Ōsaka Tigers". In 1940, amid anti-foreign sentiment, the Tigers changed the name to "Hanshin" and in 1947 changed the name back to "Ōsaka Tigers". The current team name was assumed in 1961.

The Tigers won four titles before the establishment of the two league system in 1950. Since the league was split into the Central League and the Pacific League, the Tigers have won the Central League pennant five times (1962, 1964, 1985, 2003, 2005) and the Japan Series once (1985).

When the 2004 Major League Baseball season opened in Japan, the Tigers played an exhibition game against the New York Yankees at the Tokyo Dome on March 29. The Tigers won 11-7.

In each of 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, more than three million people attended games hosted by the Tigers. The Tigers were the only one of the 12 Nippon Professional Baseball teams to achieve this.

On January 31, 2007, the Tigers presented uniforms for the 2007 season. For the home uniforms, yellow, one of the colors of the team, was used again.

The home field, Koshien Stadium, is used by high school baseball teams from all over Japan for play in the national championship tournaments in spring and summer. The summer tournament takes place in the middle of the Tigers' season, forcing the Tigers to go on an annual three-week road trip to allow the tournament to be played.

Famous players in Hanshin Tigers history include Fumio Fujimura, Masaru Kageura, Minoru Murayama, Yutaka Enatsu, Masayuki Kakefu, Randy Bass and many others.

Koshien Stadium[edit]

The home field of the Tigers, Hanshin Koshien Stadium, is one of three major natural grass baseball stadiums in Japan. The others are the Mazda Stadium in Hiroshima (Hiroshima Toyo Carp), and Skymark Stadium in Kobe (part-time home of the Orix Buffaloes). Of the three, only Koshien has an all-dirt infield (the other two aforementioned parks have an American-style infield). There are numerous smaller grass field ballparks around the country; Japanese baseball teams frequently play games in small cities so that local fans can see more of their heroes.

Koshien Stadium is the oldest ballpark in Japan; built in 1924, the stadium was once visited by American baseball legend Babe Ruth on a tour of Major League stars in 1934. There is a monument commemorating this visit at the front gates of the park.

Koshien is revered as a "sacred" ballpark, and players traditionally bow before entering and before leaving its hallowed field. The losing team in any high school baseball game played at the ballpark is allowed to scoop up handfuls of Koshien infield dirt, stuffing holy clay clods into tiny plastic bags as hordes of Japanese paparazzi snap photos at arm's length.

Curse of the Colonel[edit]

Main article: Curse of the Colonel

As with many other underachieving baseball teams, a curse is believed to lurk over the Tigers.[1] After their 1985 Japan Series win, fans celebrated by having people who looked like Tigers players jump into the Dotonbori Canal. According to legend, because none of the fans resembled first baseman Randy Bass, fans grabbed a life-sized statue of Kentucky Fried Chicken mascot Colonel Sanders and threw it into the river (like Bass, the Colonel had a beard and was not Japanese). After many series without a series win, the Tigers were said to be doomed never to win the season again until the Colonel was rescued from the river.

In 2003, when the Tigers returned to the Japan Series after 18 years with one of the worst records in the Central League, many KFC outlets in Kōbe and Ōsaka moved their Colonel Sanders statues inside until the series was over to protect them from Tigers fans.

The top half of the statue (excluding its left hand) was finally recovered on March 10, 2009, and the bottom half and left hand shortly after, in the canal by construction workers while constructing a new boardwalk area as part of a beautification project. The KFC outlet where this statue once stood has since closed; the statue is now located at an outlet near Koshien Stadium.

Fandom[edit]

Tigers fans are known as perhaps the most fanatical and dedicated fans in all of Japanese professional baseball. They often outnumber the home team fans at Tigers "away" games. Tigers fans also have a reputation for rough behavior and a willingness to brawl with other fans or with each other, although long fights are rare. A famous Tigers fan tradition is the release, by the fans, of hundreds of air-filled balloons immediately following the seventh inning stretch and the singing of the Tigers' fight song. This tradition is carried-out at all home and away games, except at games against the Yomiuri Giants in the Tokyo Dome due to the Giants' notoriously authoritarian and heavy-handed rules for controlling behavior by visiting fans.

The Tigers-Giants rivalry is considered the national Japanese rivalry, on par with the New York Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox in Major League Baseball or Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona in Spanish football.

"The Hanshin Tigers' Song (阪神タイガースの歌 Hanshin Tigers no Uta?)", as known as "Rokko Oroshi (六甲颪, 六甲おろし?, lit. The (Downward) Wind of Mount Rokko)", lyrics by Sonosuke Sato (佐藤 惣之助?) and composed by Yuji Koseki (古関 裕而?), is a popular song in the Kansai area. In Japan, wind which blows down from a mountain is known to be cold and harsh, hence the song symbolizes the Tiger's brave challenge under hardship. The song can even be found on karaoke boxes.

阪神タイガースの歌 (六甲颪, kanji)

六甲颪 (ろっこうおろし)に颯爽 (さっそう)と
蒼天 (そうてん)翔 (か)ける日輪 (にちりん)の
青春の覇気 美 (うるわ)しく
輝く我が名ぞ 阪神タイガース
オウ オウ オウオウ 阪神タイガース
フレフレフレフレ

闘志 (とうし)溌剌 (はつらつ) 起 (た)つや今
熱血 既 (すで)に敵を衝 (つ)く
獣王の意気高らかに
無敵の我等ぞ 阪神タイガース
オウ オウ オウオウ 阪神タイガース
フレフレフレフレ

鉄腕強打幾千 (いくち)度 (た)び
鍛えてここに 甲子園
勝利に燃ゆる栄冠は
輝く我等ぞ 阪神タイガース
オウ オウ オウオウ 阪神タイガース
フレフレフレフレ

Hanshin Tigers no Uta (Rokko Oroshi, romaji)

Rokkō oroshi ni sassō to
Sōten kakeru nichirin no
Seishun no haki uruwashiku
Kagayaku wagana zo Hanshin Tigers
Ō-ō-ō-ō Hanshin Tigers
Fure-fure-fure-fure

Tōshi hatsuratsu tatsu ya ima
Nekketsu sude ni teki o tsuku
Jūō no iki takaraka ni
Muteki no warera zo Hanshin Tigers
Ō-ō-ō-ō Hanshin Tigers
Fure-fure-fure-fure

Tetsuwan kyōda ikuchitabi
Kitaete koko ni Kōshien
Shōri ni moyuru eikan wa
Kagayaku warera zo Hanshin Tigers
Ō-ō-ō-ō Hanshin Tigers
Fure-fure-fure-fure

The Hanshin Tigers' Song (The Wind of Mount Rokko)
(An official English version, not a direct translation)

Dashing swiftly through the wind blowin' from Rokko
Like the big sun soaring in the clear blue sky
Mighty spirit of the youth shows the victor's grace
The name that shines in glory "Hanshin Tigers"
Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Hanshin Tigers
Go, Go, Go, Go!

Powerful hits and skillful pitch achieved a thousand times
Trained with every discipline here at Koshien
Crowned with constant victory glorious, matchless feat
Always proud, invincible "Hanshin Tigers"
Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Hanshin Tigers
Go, Go, Go, Go!

Season-by-season[edit]

From the Kosaido Publishing Co., Ltd. (株式会社廣済堂出版 Kabushikigaisha Kōsaidō Shuppan?) guidebook.

Season Place Manager
Former Japanese Baseball League
1936 Spring: Did not place
Summer: Did not place
Autumn: 2nd
Shigeo Mori (森 茂雄?, spring, summer)
Shuichi Ishimoto (石本 秀一?, autumn)
1937 Spring: 2nd
Autumn: 1st (League Champion)
Annual League Champion
Shuichi Ishimoto (石本 秀一?)
1938 Spring: 1st (League Champion)
Autumn: 2nd
Annual League Champion
Shuichi Ishimoto (石本 秀一?)
1939 2nd Shuichi Ishimoto (石本 秀一?)
1940 2nd Kenjiro Matsuki (松木 謙治郎?)
1941 5th Kenjiro Matsuki (松木 謙治郎?)
1942 3rd Tadashi Wakabayashi (若林 忠志?)
1943 3rd Tadashi Wakabayashi (若林 忠志?)
1944 1st (League Champion) Tadashi Wakabayashi (若林 忠志?)
1945 No league play
1946 3rd Fumio Fujimura (藤村 富美男?)
1947 1st (League Champion) Tadashi Wakabayashi (若林 忠志?)
1948 3rd Tadashi Wakabayashi (若林 忠志?)
1949 6th Tadashi Wakabayashi (若林 忠志?)
In the Central League
1950 4th Kenjiro Matsuki (松木 謙治郎?)
1951 3rd Kenjiro Matsuki (松木 謙治郎?)
1952 2nd Kenjiro Matsuki (松木 謙治郎?)
1953 2nd Kenjiro Matsuki (松木 謙治郎?)
1954 3rd Kenjiro Matsuki (松木 謙治郎?)
1955 3rd Ichiro Kishi (岸 一郎?)
→ Fumio Fujimura (藤村 富美男?)
1956 2nd Fumio Fujimura (藤村 富美男?)
1957 2nd Fumio Fujimura (藤村 富美男?)
1958 2nd Yoshio Tanaka (田中 義雄?)
1959 2nd Yoshio Tanaka (田中 義雄?)
1960 3rd Masayasu Kaneda (金田 正泰?)
1961 4th Masayasu Kaneda (金田 正泰?)
→ Sadayoshi Fujimoto (藤本 定義?)
1962 1st (League Champion) Sadayoshi Fujimoto (藤本 定義?)
1963 3rd Sadayoshi Fujimoto (藤本 定義?)
1964 1st (League Champion) Sadayoshi Fujimoto (藤本 定義?)
1965 3rd Sadayoshi Fujimoto (藤本 定義?)
1966 3rd Shigeru Sugishita (杉下 茂?)
→ Sadayoshi Fujimoto (藤本 定義?)
1967 3rd Sadayoshi Fujimoto (藤本 定義?)
1968 2nd Sadayoshi Fujimoto (藤本 定義?)
1969 2nd Tsuguo Goto (後藤 次男?)
1970 2nd Minoru Murayama (村山 実?)
1971 5th Minoru Murayama (村山 実?)
1972 2nd Minoru Murayama (村山 実?, - April 21)
→ Masayasu Kaneda (金田 正泰?, April 22 -)
1973 2nd Masayasu Kaneda (金田 正泰?)
1974 4th Masayasu Kaneda (金田 正泰?)
1975 3rd Yoshio Yoshida (吉田 義男?)
1976 2nd Yoshio Yoshida (吉田 義男?)
1977 4th Yoshio Yoshida (吉田 義男?)
1978 6th (last place) Tsuguo Goto (後藤 次男?)
1979 4th Don Blasingame (Don Blazer)
1980 5th Don Blasingame (Don Blazer)
Futoshi Nakanishi (中西 太?)
1981 3rd Futoshi Nakanishi (中西 太?)
1982 3rd Motoo Andoh (安藤 統男?)
Takao Sato (佐藤 孝夫?, June 13 - June 15)
1983 4th Motoo Andoh (安藤 統男?)
1984 4th Motoo Andoh (安藤 統男?)
1985 1st (League Champion)
Japan Series Champion
Yoshio Yoshida (吉田 義男?)
1986 3rd Yoshio Yoshida (吉田 義男?)
1987 6th (last place) Yoshio Yoshida (吉田 義男?)
1988 6th (last place) Minoru Murayama (村山 実?)
1989 5th Minoru Murayama (村山 実?)
1990 6th (last place) Katsuhiro Nakamura (中村 勝広?)
1991 6th (last place) Katsuhiro Nakamura (中村 勝広?)
1992 2nd Katsuhiro Nakamura (中村 勝広?)
1993 4th Katsuhiro Nakamura (中村 勝広?)
1994 4th Katsuhiro Nakamura (中村 勝広?)
1995 6th (last place) Katsuhiro Nakamura (中村 勝広?, - July 23)
Taira Fujita (藤田 平?, July 24 -)
1996 6th (last place) Taira Fujita (藤田 平?, - September 11)
Takeshi Shibata (柴田 猛?, September 12 -)
1997 5th Yoshio Yoshida (吉田 義男?)
1998 6th (last place) Yoshio Yoshida (吉田 義男?)
1999 6th (last place) Katsuya Nomura (野村 克也?)
2000 6th (last place) Katsuya Nomura (野村 克也?)
2001 6th (last place) Katsuya Nomura (野村 克也?)
2002 4th Senichi Hoshino (星野 仙一?)
2003 1st (League Champion) Senichi Hoshino (星野 仙一?)
2004 4th Akinobu Okada (岡田 彰布?)
2005 1st (League Champion) Akinobu Okada (岡田 彰布?)
2006 2nd Akinobu Okada (岡田 彰布?)
2007 3rd (Advanced to the Climax Series) Akinobu Okada (岡田 彰布?)
2008 2nd (Advanced to the Climax Series) Akinobu Okada (岡田 彰布?)
2009 4th Akinobu Mayumi (真弓 明信?)
2010 2nd (Advanced to the Climax Series) Akinobu Mayumi (真弓 明信?)
2011 4th Akinobu Mayumi (真弓 明信?)
2012 5th Yutaka Wada (和田 豊?)
2013 2nd (Advanced to the Climax Series) Yutaka Wada (和田 豊?)
2014 2nd (Advanced to the Climax Series) Yutaka Wada (和田 豊?)

Regular season records[edit]

Osaka Tigers (Japanese Baseball League)
Year Manager Games Wins Losses Ties Pct. GB Place
1936 - Spring/Summer Season Shigeo Mori 15 9 6 0 .600 N/A (1 tournament won)
1936 - Fall Season Shuichi Ishimoto 31 24 6 1 .774 N/A Runners-up (2.5 tournaments won)
1937 - Spring Season Shuichi Ishimoto 56 41 14 1 .741 0.5 2nd (out of 8)
1937 - Fall Season Shuichi Ishimoto 49 39 9 1 .806 -.- 1st (out of 8)
1938 - Spring Season Shuichi Ishimoto 35 29 6 0 .829 -.- 1st (out of 8)
1938 - Fall Season Shuichi Ishimoto 40 27 13 0 .675 3.5 2nd (out of 9)
1939 Shuichi Ishimoto 96 63 30 3 .672 3.5 2nd (out of 9)
Hanshin (Japanese Baseball League)
Year Manager Games Wins Losses Ties Pct. GB Place
1940 Kenjiro Matsuki 104 64 37 3 .630 10.5 2nd (out of 9)
1941 Kenjiro Matsuki 84 41 43 0 .488 21.0 5th (out of 8)
1942 Tadashi Wakabayashi 105 52 48 5 .519 21.0 3rd (out of 8)
1943 Tadashi Wakabayashi 84 41 36 7 .530 11.0 3rd (out of 8)
1944 Tadashi Wakabayashi 35 27 6 2 .800 -.- 1st (out of 6)
1946 Fumio Fujimura 105 59 46 0 .562 7.0 3rd (out of 8)
Osaka Tigers (Japanese Baseball League)
Year Manager Games Wins Losses Ties Pct. GB Place
1947 Tadashi Wakabayashi 119 79 37 3 .676 -.- 1st (out of 8)
1948 Tadashi Wakabayashi 140 70 66 4 .514 17.0 3rd (out of 8)
1949 Tadashi Wakabayashi 137 65 69 3 .485 20.5 6th (out of 8)
Osaka Tigers
Year Manager Games Wins Losses Ties Pct. GB Place
1950 Kenjiro Matsuki 140 70 67 3 .511 30.0 4th
1951 Kenjiro Matsuki 116 61 52 3 .539 20.5 3rd
1952 Kenjiro Matsuki 120 79 40 1 .663 3.5 2nd
1953 Kenjiro Matsuki 130 74 56 0 .569 16.0 2nd
1954 Kenjiro Matsuki 130 71 57 2 .554 16.0 3rd
1955 Ichiro Kishi (Interim: Fumio Fujimura) 130 71 57 2 .554 20.5 3rd
1956 Fumio Fujimura 130 79 50 1 .612 4.5 2nd
1957 Fumio Fujimura 130 73 54 3 .573 1.0 2nd
1958 Yoshio Tanaka 130 72 58 0 .554 5.5 2nd
1959 Yoshio Tanaka 130 62 59 9 .512 13.0 2nd
1960 Masayasu Kaneda 130 64 62 4 .508 6.0 3rd
Hanshin Tigers
Year Manager Games Wins Losses Ties Pct. GB Place
1961 Masayasu Kaneda (Interim: Sadayoshi Fujimoto) 130 60 67 3 .473 12.5 4th
1962 Sadayoshi Fujimoto 133 75 55 3 .575 -.- 1st
1963 Sadayoshi Fujimoto 140 69 70 1 .496 14.5 3rd
1964 Sadayoshi Fujimoto 140 80 56 4 .586 -.- 1st
1965 Sadayoshi Fujimoto 140 71 66 3 .518 19.5 3rd
1966 Shigeru Sugishita (Interim: Sadayoshi Fujimoto) 135 64 66 5 .493 25.0 3rd
1967 Sadayoshi Fujimoto 136 70 60 6 .537 14.0 3rd
1968 Sadayoshi Fujimoto 133 72 58 3 .553 5.0 2nd
1969 Tsuguo Goto 130 68 59 3 .535 6.5 2nd
1970 Minoru Murayama 130 77 49 4 .608 2.0 2nd
1971 Minoru Murayama 130 57 64 9 .473 12.5 5th
1972 Minoru Murayama (Interim: Masayasu Kaneda) 130 71 56 3 .558 3.5 2nd
1973 Masayasu Kaneda 130 64 59 7 .519 0.5 2nd
1974 Masayasu Kaneda 130 57 64 9 .473 14.0 4th
1975 Yoshio Yoshida 130 68 55 7 .550 6.0 3rd
1976 Yoshio Yoshida 130 72 45 13 .604 2.0 2nd
1977 Yoshio Yoshida 130 55 63 12 .469 21.0 4th
1978 Tsuguo Goto 130 41 80 9 .350 30.5 6th (last)
1979 Don Blasingame 130 61 60 9 .504 8.0 4th
1980 Don Blasingame (Interim: Futoshi Nakanishi) 130 54 66 10 .454 20.5 5th
1981 Futoshi Nakanishi 130 67 58 5 .535 8.0 3rd
1982 Motoo Andoh (Interim: Takao Sato) 130 65 57 8 .531 4.5 3rd
1983 Motoo Andoh 130 62 63 5 .496 11.5 4th
1984 Motoo Andoh 130 53 69 8 .438 23.0 4th
1985 Yoshio Yoshida 130 74 49 7 .596 -.- 1st - Won Japan Series
1986 Yoshio Yoshida 130 60 60 10 .500 13.5 3rd
1987 Yoshio Yoshida 130 41 83 6 .338 37.5 6th (last)
1988 Minoru Murayama 130 51 77 2 .400 29.5 6th (last)
1989 Minoru Murayama 130 54 75 1 .419 30.5 5th
1990 Katsuhiro Nakamura 130 52 78 0 .400 36.0 6th (last)
1991 Katsuhiro Nakamura 130 48 82 0 .369 26.0 6th (last)
1992 Katsuhiro Nakamura 132 67 63 2 .515 2.0 2nd/3rd (tied)
1993 Katsuhiro Nakamura 132 63 67 2 .485 17.0 4th
1994 Katsuhiro Nakamura 130 62 68 0 .477 8.0 4th/5th (tied)
1995 Katsuhiro Nakamura (Interim: Taira Fujita) 130 46 84 0 .354 36.0 6th (last)
1996 Taira Fujita (Interim: Takeshi Shibata) 130 54 76 0 .415 23.0 6th (last)
1997 Yoshio Yoshida 136 62 73 1 .460 21.0 5th
1998 Yoshio Yoshida 135 52 83 0 .385 27.0 6th (last)
1999 Katsuya Nomura 135 55 80 0 .407 26.0 6th (last)
2000 Katsuya Nomura 136 57 78 1 .423 21.0 6th (last)
2001 Katsuya Nomura 140 57 80 3 .418 20.5 6th (last)
2002 Senichi Hoshino 140 66 70 4 .486 19.0 4th
2003 Senichi Hoshino 140 87 51 2 .629 -.- 1st
2004 Akinobu Okada 138 66 70 2 .485 13.0 4th
2005 Akinobu Okada 146 87 54 5 .617 -.- 1st
2006 Akinobu Okada 146 84 58 4 .592 3.5 2nd
2007 Akinobu Okada 144 74 66 4 .529 4.5 3rd
2008 Akinobu Okada 144 82 59 3 .582 2.0 2nd
2009 Akinobu Mayumi 144 67 73 4 .479 24.5 4th
2010 Akinobu Mayumi 144 78 63 3 .553 1.0 2nd
2011 Akinobu Mayumi 144 68 70 6 .493 9.0 4th
2012 Yutaka Wada 144 55 75 14 .423 31.5 5th
2013 Yutaka Wada 144 73 67 4 .521 12.5 2nd
2014 Yutaka Wada 144 75 68 1 .524 7.0 2nd

NOTE: The 1944 Japanese Baseball League season was cut-short and the 1945 season was canceled due to the on-going war (World War II) with many players being enlisted to fight.

List of Hanshin Tigers managers[edit]

Name Term Regular Season
GC W L T Win%
Osaka Tigers & Hanshin Tigers
Shigeo Mori 1936 (Spring - Summer) 15 9 6 0 .600
Shuichi Ishimoto 1936 (Fall)-1939 307 223 78 6 .736
Kenjiro Matsuki 1940–1941 & 1950-1954 824 460 352 12 .565
Tadashi Wakabayashi 1942–1944 & 1947-1949 620 334 262 24 .558
Fumio Fujimura 1946 & 1956-1957 365 211 150 4 .584
Ichiro Kishi 1955 130 71 57 2 .554
Yoshio Tanaka 1958-1959 260 134 117 9 .533
Masayasu Kaneda 1960–1961 & 1973-1974 520 245 252 23 .493
Sadayoshi Fujimoto 1962–1965 & 1967-1968 822 437 365 20 .544
Shigeru Sugishita 1966 135 64 66 5 .493
Tsuguo Goto 1969 & 1978 260 109 139 12 .442
Minoru Murayama 1970–1972 & 1988-1989 650 310 321 19 .491
Yoshio Yoshida 1975-1977, 1985–1987 & 1997-1998 1051 484 511 56 .487
Don Blasingame 1979-1980 260 115 126 19 .479
Futoshi Nakanishi 1981 130 67 58 5 .535
Motoo Andoh 1982-1984 390 180 189 21 .488
Katsuhiro Nakamura 1990-1995 784 338 442 4 .434
Taira Fujita 1996 130 54 76 0 .415
Katsuya Nomura 1999–2001 411 169 238 4 .416
Senichi Hoshino 2002–2003 280 153 121 6 .557
Akinobu Okada 2004–2008 723 393 307 23 .559
Akinobu Mayumi 2009–2011 432 213 206 13 .508
Yutaka Wada 2012–present 432 203 210 19 .492

Players of note[edit]

Current players[edit]

Hanshin Tigers roster
First squad Second squad

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Development Players

Updated October 18, 2014

Former players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

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Media relating to the Tigers[edit]

Mascots[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

Stations[edit]

(Broadcasting):

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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