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Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

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Year established  2005
Japan Series championships  1 (2013)
Arena/Stadium  Miyagi Baseball Stadium
Founded  2005
League  Pacific League
Pacific League pennants  1 (2013)
Colors  Red, Gold
Manager  Masataka Nashida
Owner  Rakuten
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Ballpark  Miyagi Baseball Stadium (2005–present) Hotto Motto Field Kobe (2011, as a temporary field)
Nickname(s)  Washi (鷲, eagles) Inuwashi (イヌワシ, golden eagles)
Location  Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
Mascots  Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Clutch, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Clutchina
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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 based in Sendai, in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. It has played in Nippon Professional Baseball's Pacific League since the team's formation in 2005. The team is owned by the Internet shopping company Rakuten.

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The team was created to fill the void left by the merger of the Orix BlueWave and the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes during the 2004 Nippon Professional Baseball realignment. The merger was to leave the Pacific League with five teams, causing the biggest crisis in the history of the NPB, including the first player strike in Japanese professional baseball history.

After posting losing records in their first four seasons, the team finished second behind the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in the 2009 pennant race under the leadership of manager Katsuya Nomura, the oldest manager in NPB history. In the league championship playoffs the Eagles lost the six-game series against the Fighters 1-4 and Nomura announced his retirement. In 2010 the team was managed by American Marty Brown, the former manager of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Brown was fired after a single season after the team had slumped back to last place. Hall of Fame member Senichi Hoshino subsequently managed the team for four years, including their successful 2013 season, where they defeated the Chiba Lotte Marines to claim the League championship and went on to become Japan Series champions after defeating the Yomiuri Giants. Masataka Nashida has been the team's manager since 2016.

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The team's stadium was heavily damaged by floods during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

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Former managers

  • Yasushi Tao
  • Katsuya Nomura
  • Marty Brown
  • Senichi Hoshino
  • Hiromoto Okubo
  • Masataka Nashida
  • Former players

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  • Luis Lopez
  • Andruw Jones
  • Ryan Glynn
  • Eric Valent
  • Cedrick Bowers
  • Kevin Hodges
  • Gary Rath
  • Andy Tracy
  • Aaron Myette
  • Matt Skrmetta
  • Damon Minor
  • Katsunori Nomura
  • Tetsuya Iida
  • Takeshi Nakamura
  • Tadaharu Sakai
  • Hideo Koike
  • Koichi Oshima
  • Kevin Witt
  • Adam Bass
  • Toyohiko Yoshida
  • Koichi Sekikawa
  • Kazuo Fukumori
  • Takeshi Yamasaki
  • Norihiro Nakamura
  • Masahiro Tanaka
  • Takashi Saito
  • Lin Ying-Chieh
  • Domingo Guzmán
  • Travis Blackley
  • Retired numbers

  • 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

    Active:

  • Hisashi Iwakuma (2012-)
  • Masahiro Tanaka (2014-)
  • Retired:

  • Kazuo Fukumori (2008)
  • 2013 honours

    Rakuten (楽天) were victorious in the 2013 Japan Series after defeating the Yomiuri Giants .

    Golden Eagles Fan Club honorary members

  • Shirō Asano
  • Great Sasuke
  • Takanori Hatakeyama
  • Hiroshi Ikushima
  • Junichi Inagaki
  • Hiroya Masuda
  • Shingo Mimura
  • Masatoshi Nakamura
  • Toshiyuki Nishida
  • Itsurō Ōizumi
  • Kōhei Ōtomo
  • Sanpei
  • Hiroshi Saitō
  • Eisaku Satō
  • Masao Sen
  • Mayo Suzukaze
  • Yoshitake Tanaka
  • Sukeshiro Terata
  • Kōichi Yamadera
  • References

    Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Wikipedia


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