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Hiroshima Toyo Carp

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Nippon Professional Baseball 1950–present

  • Central League 1950–present
Ballpark Mazda Stadium 2009–present Year established 1950 Nicknames Koi 鯉, koi Central League pennants 8 1975, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1991, 2016, 2017 Japan Series championships 3 1979, 1980, 1984 Former names
  • Hiroshima Carp 1950–1967
  • Hiroshima Toyo Carp 1968–present
Former ballparks
  • Hiroshima Municipal Stadium 1950–1957
  • Hiroshima Municipal Stadium 1957–2008
Colors Red, White
          Retired numbers 3, 8, 15 Ownership Matsuda family Manager Koichi Ogata Play media video Number 18, Kenta Maeda, pitching a ball

The Hiroshima Toyo Carp 広島東洋カープ, Hiroshima Tōyō Kāpu are a professional baseball team based in Hiroshima, Japan They compete in the Central League of Nippon Professional Baseball The team is primarily owned by the Matsuda family, led by Hajime Matsuda 松田元, Matsuda Hajime, who is a descendant of Mazda founder Jujiro Matsuda Mazda is the largest single shareholder 342%, which is less than the portion owned by the Matsuda family about 60% Because of that, Mazda is not considered as the owner firm However, the company connection is highlighted in the club name—until 1984, Mazda's official name was Toyo Kogyo Co, Ltd 東洋工業株式会社, Tōyō Kōgyō Kabushiki Gaisha


  • 1 History
    • 11 Early years
    • 12 "Akaheru" golden age
    • 13 Dark years
  • 2 Uniforms
  • 3 Mascots and characters
  • 4 Carp Academy
  • 5 Players of note
    • 51 Current manager
    • 52 Current players
    • 53 MLB players
    • 54 Retired numbers
    • 55 Honored numbers
  • 6 History manager of Carp
  • 7 External links


Early years

The Nippon Professional Baseball league was scheduled to be expanded into two separate leagues in 1949, and Hiroshima prefecture decided to establish a professional baseball team as part of the reconstruction process from the devastation of the atomic bomb The team joined the Central League in December 1949 as the Hiroshima Carp

The team's first home field was a prefecture-funded stadium, and the team's lack of sponsorship made it extremely difficult to gather players Manager Hideichi Ishimoto had to personally scout players just to form a starting lineup The ragtag team ended up in last place from 1950 to 1951

The team's lack of funding became an even more serious problem in 1951, and it was proposed that the team be disbanded, or merge with the Taiyo Whales team, which was based in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi at the time Hiroshima citizens strongly protested against disbanding the team, and raised the money needed to keep the team through donations

The Central League had 7 teams in 1952, making it difficult to form a coherent schedule for each team Therefore, it was decided that any team that ended the season with a winning percentage below 300 would be disbanded or merged with another team This agreement was obviously aimed towards the Carp, since the team had been in last place every season The team won only 37 games in 1952, but ended with a 316 winning percentage to barely save itself from being disbanded The Shochiku Robins ended the season in last place with a 288 winning percentage, and was merged with the Taiyo Whales

The team's financial plight only worsened in the following years, and the team could only issue one uniform per player in 1953 Nevertheless, the team continued to play each season, and finally ended the season above the 500 mark in 1960 The team moved to Hiroshima Municipal Stadium in July 1957

In 1968, the Toyo Kogyo company since 1984 called Mazda Motor Corporation, while the Toyo name remains memorialized in the name of the baseball team became the team's chief sponsor, and the company name was inserted to become the Hiroshima Toyo Carp The team ended the season above 3rd place for the first time the same year, but quickly fell back into last place from 1972 to 1974

"Akaheru" golden age

A memorial plaque listing the team's championships located next to Hiroshima Municipal Stadium

Red became the new team color in 1973, and the team's uniforms were completely redone to resemble the current team uniform The team logo was also changed from a letter "H" to a red "C" in imitation of the Cincinnati Reds logo

The team hired its first non-Japanese manager, Joe Lutz, in 1975 Lutz ordered the team's cap to be changed to red to symbolize a never-ending fighting spirit Due to an umpiring dispute, Lutz left the team halfway into the season However, the team won its first ever league championship in 1975 to begin a memorable series of championship berths

The Carp team became a powerhouse in 1978, hitting over 200 home runs in one season for the first time in Japanese baseball history Koji Yamamoto, Sachio Kinugasa, Jim Lyttle and Adrian Garrett formed the powerful Akaheru literally meaning "Red Helmet" lineup, which won two consecutive pennants and Japan Series from 1979 to 1980 A strong pitching staff led to another Japan Series win in 1984 Manager Takeshi Koba retired in 1985, but the team still won the pennant the following year

Star player Koji Yamamoto became manager in 1989, and the team won yet another pennant in 1991 However, the team fell into last place in 1993, and Yamamoto resigned from his position

Dark years

After the early 1990s, the Carp would not win a pennant again until 2016 To make matters worse, the Chunichi Dragons won a Japan Series championship in 2007, making the Carp the team furthest removed from a Japan Series championship as well

View from Hiroshima Municipal Stadium on March 14, 2004

One of the major reasons for the team's recent demise is the lack of financial support it receives from its sponsors The team has never signed any free agents, and is often forced to let go of star players because they can no longer pay their salaries recent examples include Tomoaki Kanemoto, Akira Etoh, Andy Sheets, Nate Minchey, John Bale, Greg LaRocca and Takahiro Arai The Hiroshima Carp was the last Japanese team to have a non-Japanese player on its roster excluding Japanese-Americans Zoilo Versalles, the 1965 American League MVP, was the first non-Japanese player to play for the Carp

Marty Brown became the manager in 2006, becoming the first non-Japanese manager in 31 years since Joe Lutz The team set a new record in April, 2006, scoring only 2 runs for the first 9 games of the season Through still not finishing above third, the team concentrated on developing potential young players In 2008, even though they were expected to finish last place as both the ace Hiroki Kuroda and slugger Takahiro Arai were gone by free agency, their chance entering of playoffs was not eliminated until the very end of the season when only 3 games remained, and they finished fourth, closely following Chunichi Dragons

Since the 2009 season, their home ground has been the New Hiroshima Municipal Stadium


The former uniforms of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp are similar to the Major League Baseball team the Cincinnati Reds The original uniforms of the Hiroshima Carp are descendants of the uniforms worn by the University of Chicago's varsity baseball team which toured Japan in 1912 playing against major university teams One team they played was Chuo University who copied the uniforms including the distinctive "C" logo Alumni of the Chuo University team were instrumental in founding the Hiroshima Carp

Mascots and characters

  • The team mascot "Slyly" bears resemblance to the Phillie Phanatic of the Philadelphia Phillies Both Slyly and the Phillie Phanatic were designed by Harrison/Erickson,Inc
  • The first Japanese baseball dog "Micky" was employed in 2006 Micky brings new balls to the umpire from the dugout during the game
  • Until 2015, Hiroshima Municipal Stadium was closed every year on August 6 in memorial of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki The team always played in other stadiums, even if a home game was scheduled for that day The team played their first August 6 home game at Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium in 2015 During the game all Carp players wore the uniform number 86 representing the date of the event 70 years prior, and PEACE on the front to symbolize the city's everlasting goal for world peace

Carp Academy

The Carp was the first Japanese baseball team to establish a baseball academy outside Japan The team was unable to recruit non-Japanese players from the major leagues due to financial constraints, and the academy was established to cheaply send young players to play in Japan The Carp Baseball Academy was created in the Dominican Republic in 1990, and Robinson Checo became the first player imported to Japan from the academy in 1995 Checo achieved moderate success in Japan, leading to further imports which include Timo Pérez and Alfonso Soriano

Players of note

Current manager

  • 79 Koichi Ogata 緒方 孝市

Current players


  •  0 Takashi Uemoto 上本 崇司 - IF
  •  2 Kosuke Tanaka 田中 広輔 - IF
  •  4 Tetsuya Kokubo小窪 哲也 - IF
  •  5 Ramiro Peña ラミロ・ペーニャ - IF
  •  6 Eishin Soyogi 梵 英心 - IF
  •  7 Shota Dobayashi 堂林 翔太 - IF
  •  9 Yoshihiro Maru 丸 佳浩 - OF
  • 10 Takahiro Iwamoto 岩本 貴裕 - OF
  • 11 Yuya Fukui 福井 優也 - P
  • 12 Aren Kuri 九里 亜蓮 - P
  • 13 Takuya Katoh 加藤 拓也 - P
  • 14 Daichi Ohsera 大瀬良 大地 - P
  • 16 Takeru Imamura 今村 猛 - P
  • 17 Akitake Okada 岡田 明丈 - P
  • 19 Yusuke Nomura 野村 祐輔 - P
  • 20 Katsuhiro Nagakawa 永川 勝浩 - P
  • 21 Shota Nakazaki 中崎 翔太 - P
  • 22 Kyohei Nakamura 中村 恭平 - P
  • 23 Kazuki Yabuta 薮田 和樹 - P
  • 24 Hiroki Yokoyama 横山 弘樹 - P
  • 25 Takahiro Arai 新井 貴浩 - IF
  • 26 Ren Nakata 中田 廉 - P
  • 27 Tsubasa Aizawa 會澤 翼 - C
  • 28 Hiroki Tokoda 床田 寛樹 - P
  • 29 Hirotaka Egusa 江草 仁貴 - P
  • 30 Ryuji Ichioka 一岡 竜司 - P
  • 31 Yoshiyuki Ishihara 石原 慶幸 - C
  • 32 Yuta Shirahama 白濱 裕太 - C
  • 33 Ryosuke Kikuchi 菊池 涼介 - IF
  • 34 Koya Takahashi 高橋 昂也 - P
  • 35 Ko Shimozuru 下水流 昂 - OF
  • 36 Atsuya Horie 塹江 敦哉 - P
  • 37 Takayoshi Noma 野間 峻祥 - OF
  • 38 Masato Akamatsu 赤松 真人 - OF
  • 39 Tetsuya Iida 飯田 哲矢 - P
  • 40 Yoshitaka Isomura 磯村 嘉孝 - C
  • 41 Koya Fujii 藤井 皓哉 - P
  • 42 Kris Johnson クリス・ジョンソン - P
  • 43 Shohei Habu 土生 翔平 - OF
  • 44 Ryuhei Matsuyama 松山 竜平 - OF
  • 45 Tatsuki Kuwahara 桒原 樹 - IF
  • 46 Mikiya Takahashi 高橋 樹也 - P
  • 47 Jumpei Ono 小野 淳平 - P
  • 48 Makoto Aduwa アドゥワ 誠- P
  • 49 Sohichiro Amaya 天谷 宗一郎 - OF
  • 50 Hiroki Takahashi 高橋 大樹 - OF
  • 51 Seiya Suzuki 鈴木 誠也 - OF
  • 52 Hayato Shoji 庄司 隼人 - IF
  • 53 Takaya Toda 戸田 隆矢 - P
  • 54 Ryota Funakoshi 船越 涼太 - C
  • 55 Brad Eldred ブラッド・エルドレッド - IF
  • 56 Sora Tsuji 辻 空 - P
  • 57 Oscar Masaki Nakaoshi 仲尾次・オスカル・正樹 - P Registered as Oscar – オスカル
  • 58 Jay Jackson ジェイ・ジャクソン - P
  • 59 Yuki Mima 美間 優槻 - IF
  • 60 Tomohiro Abe 安部 友裕 - IF
  • 61 Shogo Sakakura 坂倉 将吾 - C
  • 62 Keisuke Imai 今井 啓介 - P
  • 63 Ryoma Nishikawa 西川 龍馬 - IF
  • 64 Daisuke Tada 多田 大輔 - C
  • 65 Ryota Nagai 長井 良太 - P
  • 66 Bradin Hagens ブレイディン・ヘーゲンズ - P
  • 67 Yuta Nakamura 中村 祐太 - P
  • 68 Kosuke Nakamura 中村 亘佑 - C
  • 69 Riku Aoki 青木 陸 - IF
  • 70 Ryan Brasier ライアン・ブレイシア - P
  • 95 Xavier Batista サビエル・バティスタ - IF
  • 96 Alejandro Mejia アレハンドロ・メヒア - IF
  • 98 Shoma Sato 佐藤 祥万 - P ·
  • 121 Kodai Matsuura 松浦 耕大 - C ·
  • 123 Satoshi Kimura 木村 聡司 - IF ·

MLB players


  • Colby Lewis 2002–2004, 2006–2007, 2010–
  • Kenta Maeda 2016-


  • Hiroki Kuroda 2008–2014
  • Ken Takahashi 2009
  • Alfonso Soriano 1999-2014

Retired numbers

  •  3 Sachio Kinugasa 1975–1987, #28:1965–1974
  •  8 Koji Yamamoto 1971–1986, 2001–2005, #27:1969–1970, #88:1989–1993 as manager
  •  15 Hiroki Kuroda 1997–2007, 2015–2016

Honored numbers

  •  1 Tomonori Maeda 1990–2013
  •  7 Kenjiro Nomura 1989–2005 - Shota Dobayashi 2013-
  •  20 Manabu Kitabeppu 1976–1994 - Katsuhiro Nagakawa 2003–

History manager of Carp

A view of Historical manager of Hiroshima Carp

Name Nationality Period
Shuichi Ishimoto  Japan 1950-1953
Katsumi Shiraishi  Japan 1953-1960, 1963-1965
Masato Monzen  Japan 1961-1962
Ryohei Hasegawa  Japan 1965-1967
Rikuo Nemoto  Japan 1968-1972
Katsuya Morinaga  Japan 1972, 1974-1975
Joe Lutz  United States 1975
Takeshi Koba  Japan 1975-1985
Junro Anan  Japan 1986-1988
Koji Yamamoto  Japan 1989-1993, 2001-2005
Toshiyuki Mimura  Japan 1994-1998
Mitsuo Tatsukawa  Japan 1999-2000
Marty Leo Brown  United States 2006-2009
Kenjiro Nomura  Japan 2010-2014
Koichi Ogata  Japan 2015-Current

External links

  • in Japanese Hiroshima Carp official web site
  • in Japanese japanesebaseballcom Carp page
  • in Japanese Carp train operated by Hiroden
Preceded by
Sadaharu Oh
Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize winner
Succeeded by
Sadaharu Oh
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