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Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

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Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
Rakuten eagles insignia.png
Team logo Cap insignia
LeagueNippon Professional Baseball (2005–present)
Year established2005
  • Inuwashi (イヌワシ, golden eagles)
Pacific League pennants1 (2013)
Japan Series championships1 (2013)
ColorsCrimson, gold
Retired numbers10, 77
OwnershipRakuten Inc.
ManagerYosuke Hiraishi
RakEagles Uniforms2017.PNG

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (東北楽天ゴールデンイーグルス, Tōhoku Rakuten Gōruden Īgurusu), often shortened as the Rakuten Eagles (楽天イーグルス, Rakuten Īgurusu), are 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.[1]


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.

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

Current players

Former players

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"). There are ten starting players in the Pacific League as the league uses the designated hitter. The Chiba Lotte Marines has the No. 26 retired in similar fashion (MLB's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim has retired No. 26, in similar fashion, for the original owner Gene Autry).

MLB players



Honours and records

2013 honours

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

Former managers


Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
Year Manager Games Wins Losses Ties Pct. GB BA ERA Finish Postseason
2005 Yasushi Tao 136 38 97 1 .281 51.5 .255 5.67 6th, Pacific Did not qualify
2006 Katsuya Nomura 136 47 85 4 .356 33.0 .258 4.30 6th, Pacific Did not qualify
2007 Katsuya Nomura 144 67 75 2 .472 13.5 .262 4.31 4th, Pacific Did not qualify
2008 Katsuya Nomura 144 65 76 3 .461 11.5 .272 3.89 5th, Pacific Did not qualify
2009 Katsuya Nomura 144 77 66 1 .538 5.5 .267 4.01 2nd, Pacific Lost in Second Stage, 1–4 (Fighters)
2010 Marty Brown 144 62 79 3 .440 15.0 .265 3.98 6th, Pacific Did not qualify
2011 Senichi Hoshino 144 66 71 7 .482 22.5 .245 2.85 5th, Pacific Did not qualify
2012 Senichi Hoshino 144 67 67 10 .500 7.5 .252 2.99 4th, Pacific Did not qualify
2013 Senichi Hoshino 144 82 59 3 .582 - .267 3.51 1st, Pacific Nippon Series champions, 4–3 (Giants)
2014 Senichi Hoshino 144 64 80 0 .444 17.0 .255 3.97 6th, Pacific Did not qualify
2015 Hiromoto Okubo 143 57 83 3 .407 33.5 .241 3.82 6th, Pacific Did not qualify
2016 Masataka Nashida 143 62 78 3 .443 25.0 .257 4.11 5th, Pacific Did not qualify
2017 Masataka Nashida 143 77 63 3 .550 29.5 .254 3.33 3rd, Pacific Lost in Final Stage, 2–4 (Hawks)
2018 Masataka Nashida
Yosuke Hiraishi
143 58 82 3 .414 15.0 .241 3.78 6th, Pacific Did not qualify
2019 Yosuke Hiraishi 143 71 68 4 .511 15.0 .251 3.74 3rd, Pacific Lost in First Stage, 1–2 (Hawks)
Total -- 2139 960 1129 50 .460 -

Golden Eagles Fan Club honorary members

See also


External links


This page was last edited on 22 October 2019, at 13:33
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