Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

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Rakuten Eagles
Established 2005
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Team logo
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Cap Insignia
League affiliations
Current uniform
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Retired Numbers 10
Colors Red, Gold

         

Name
  • Rakuten Eagles (2005–present)
Other nicknames
  • Washi (?, eagles)
  • Inuwashi (イヌワシ?, golden eagles)
Ballpark
League titles
Japan Series titles (1) 2013
PL Pennants (1) 2013
Owner(s): Rakuten Inc.
Manager: Senichi Hoshino
General Manager:
2011 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles season

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (東北楽天ゴールデンイーグルス Tōhoku Rakuten Gōruden Īgurusu?) is a baseball team founded in 2004; it played its first season in the Japanese Pacific League in 2005. It is simply called Rakuten (楽天). They are the current Japan Series champions after defeating the Yomiuri Giants in the 2013 contest. The team was created to fill the void left by the merger of the Orix BlueWave and the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes, after the 2004 season due to financial difficulties, leaving the Pacific League with five teams, causing the biggest crisis in the traditional two-league structure in NPB and finally caused the historical-first baseball player strike in Japan. The team is based in Sendai, in Miyagi Prefecture. It inaugurated its first season with a 3 – 1 victory over Chiba Lotte Marines. The team is owned by the Internet shopping company Rakuten.[1]

The team's manager was Katsuya Nomura, the oldest manager in NPB history, but he was replaced as of the 2010 season by Marty Brown the former manager of Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Brown was in turn replaced by Senichi Hoshino after a last place finish in 2010.

The stadium was heavily damaged by floods during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11.[2]

Players of note[edit]

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles roster
First squad Second squad

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders




Updated May 5, 2013


Former managers[edit]

Former players[edit]


Retired numbers[edit]

  • 10 - This number is worn by both team mascots, Clutch and Clutchina, and is considered the number of the fan, the 'tenth man' on the field. It is the first retired number in NPB involving a fan, inspired by some teams in other sports (such as football, which retires "12" for the "12th man", or basketball, which retires "6" for the "6th man"). It should be noted that there are ten starting players in the Pacific League as the league uses the designated hitter. The Chiba Lotte Marines has the #26 retired in similar fashion (MLB's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim has retired #26, in similar fashion, for the original owner Gene Autry).

MLB players[edit]

Active:

Retired:

Honours and Records[edit]

2013 honours[edit]

Rakuten (楽天) is the current Japan Series champion team after defeating the Yomiuri Giants in the 2013 Japan Series.

Records[edit]

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
Year Manager Games Wins Losses Ties Pct. GB BA ERA Place
2005 Yasushi Tao 136 38 97 1 .281 51.5 .255 5.67 6
2006 Katsuya Nomura 136 47 85 4 .356 33.0 .258 4.30 6
2007 Katsuya Nomura 144 67 75 2 .472 13.5 .262 4.31 4
2008 Katsuya Nomura 144 65 76 3 .461 11.5 .272 3.89 5
2009 Katsuya Nomura 144 77 66 1 .538 5.5 .267 4.01 2
2010 Marty Brown 144 62 79 3 .440 15.0 .265 3.98 6
2011 Senichi Hoshino 144 66 71 7 .482 22.5 .245 2.85 5
2012 Senichi Hoshino 144 67 67 10 .500 7.5 .252 2.99 4
2013 Senichi Hoshino 144 82 59 3 .582 - .267 3.51 1
Total -- 1280 571 675 34 .458 -- -- -- --

Golden Eagles Fan Club honorary members[edit]

See also[edit]

Gallery[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rakuten Golden Eagles (Sendai) Team Information. JapanBall.com. Retrieved on 2013-09-19.
  2. ^ Japan Pro Baseball and the Earthquake and Tsunami