Hiroshima Toyo Carp

Year Founded: 1950

Home Stadium: Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium, Hiroshima

Previously Known As: Hiroshima Carp (1950-67)

Championships Won:

Central League: 7 (1975, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1991, 2016)

Japan Series: 3 (1979, 1980, 1984)

Current Uniforms:

Away – Home – 

Key Players in Team History:

*#3  Sachio Kinugasa (1965-87), 3B/1B – Ironman (Games) Record (NPB), 5th All-Time Hits, T-7th All-Time Home Runs

* #8 Koji Yamamoto (1969-86), OF – 4th All-Time Home Runs

* #20 Manabu Kitabeppu (1976-94), SP – 2 Sawamura Awards, 19th All-Time Wins

* #24 Yutaka Ohno (1977-98), SP – 1 Sawamura Award

* #10 Tomoaki Kanemoto (1992-2002), OF – Ironman (Full Innings) Record (NPB), Triple Three (.300 + 30 HR + 30 SB) in 2000

* #15 Hiroki Kuroda (1997-2007, 2015-16), SP – Success in MLB

* #18 Kenta Maeda (2008-15), SP – 2 Sawamura Awards, Move to MLB

Most Famous Manager: Takeshi Koba, 1974-85, 4 CL including 3 Nippon Series Titles

Current Top Fielders:

#33 Ryosuke Kikuchi, 2B, .315 avg, 13 HR, 56 RBI, Golden Glove, WBC 2017 Team

#51 Seiya Suzuki, RF, .335 avg, 29 HR, 95 RBI, Golden Glove, Best 9, WBC 2017 Team

Current Top Pitcher:

#42 Kris Johnson, 15-7 record, 2.15 ERA, 141 strikeouts, 2016 Sawamura Award winner (top pitcher in Japan)

Brief History: After a series of championships in the 1970s and 1980s, the Hiroshima Carp weren’t able to find much success until they reached the playoffs in 2013.  A core group of talented young players including 2B Ryosuke Kikuchi, CF Yoshihiro Maru, RF Seiya Suzuki, and P Kenta Maeda mixed in with veterans like 1B Takahiro Arai and P Hiroki Kuroda have vaulted the Carp into Central League prominence.  They won the Central League championship in 2016 by a whopping 17.5 games.  Despite losing Maeda to the LA Dodgers of Major League Baseball and Kuroda to retirement, the Carp figure to use their depth to reload their pitching staff and make a strong run at a repeat championship.

About the Author: My name is Nate Hemerly and I’ve been following the Carp since 2013 when I came to Japan with the US Navy.  We’ve been to every NPB stadium in Japan, but Mazda Stadium will always be our favorite.  Hopefully the Carp can finish the deal this season and win the Nippon Series!  My Twitter handle is @natehemerly.

CL: Chunichi Dragons / Tokyo Yakult Swallows / Yokohama DeNA BayStars / Yomiuri Giants

PL: Chiba Lotte Marines / Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks / Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters / Orix Buffaloes / Saitama Seibu Lions / Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

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