Hiroshima Toyo Carp

Year Founded: 1950

Home Stadium: Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium, Hiroshima

Previously Known As: Hiroshima Carp (1950-67)


2017 Record vs. Hanshin: 14 wins 10 losses 1 tie

Playoffs vs. Hanshin: 2013 (won Climax Series First Stage 2-0); 2014 (lost Climax Series First Stage 0-1-1)

Players in Common with Hanshin: Yutaka Enatsu (Hanshin 1967-75, Hiroshima 1978-80); Tomoaki Kanemoto (Hiroshima 1992-2002, Hanshin 2003-2012); Andy Sheets (Hiroshima 2003-04, Hanshin 2005-07), Takahiro Arai (Hiroshima 1999-2007, 2015-present, Hanshin 2008-14)


Championships Won:

Central League: 8 (1975, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1991, 2016, 2017)

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:

#9 Yoshihiro Maru, CF, .308 AVG, 23 HR, 92 RBI, 109 R, 13 SB, .398 OBP, CL MVP, Golden Glove, Best Nine in 2017

#51 Seiya Suzuki, RF, .300 AVG, 26 HR, 90 RBI, .389 OBP, Golden Glove, Best Nine in 2017

Current Top Pitcher:

#23 Kazuki Yabuta, 15-3 record, 2.58 ERA, 115 strikeouts in 2017


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 (2015 offseason) and Kuroda to retirement (2016 offseason), the Carp used their depth to reload their pitching staff and repeated as Central League champions in 2017.


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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