Hiroshima Carp girls giving underfunded ball team a lift

Jan 8, 2015

Hiroshima Carp girls giving underfunded ball team a lift

While the Hiroshima Carp are often contenders for Nippon Professional Baseball’s Japan Series, the media have apparently crowned the team’s female fans as champions. In fact, the team is so popular with women that one of the top 10 buzz phrases of 2014 was ...

Kuroda returning to Carp

Dec 27, 2014

Kuroda returning to Carp

Free agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda will rejoin the Central League’s Hiroshima Carp in 2015 after seven seasons in the majors, the club announced on Saturday. Hiroshima gave the 39-year-old Kuroda a one-year contract worth an estimated ¥400 million plus performance-related bonuses. “We want him ...

Dec 18, 2014

Carp decide not to post pitcher Maeda

Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda’s chances of playing in the big leagues next season were all but erased on Thursday, when the Central League club informed him that they will not allow him to leave via the posting system. The 26-year-old Maeda has spoken ...

Nov 13, 2014

Veteran first baseman Arai rejoins to Carp

The Hiroshima Carp announced on Thursday the acquisition of former Central League home run king Takahiro Arai, after he was granted his release by the Hanshin Tigers earlier this month. The 37-year-old Arai will be returning to the club he won the CL home ...

Oct 25, 2014

Carp finalize deal with first baseman Guzman

The Hiroshima Carp have reached an agreement with 30-year-old first baseman Jesus Guzman on a contract for next season, the Central League club announced Saturday. The 185-cm, 91-kg Guzman has played 403 big league games over five seasons, mostly with the San Diego Padres. ...

Oct 14, 2014

Ogata to become Carp's next skipper

Bench coach Koichi Ogata will take over as Hiroshima Carp manager after accepting an offer to replace Kenjiro Nomura, the Central League club said Tuesday. Nomura announced last week he would step down after the post season. Nomura guided Hiroshima to third place in ...

Carp set to hold off on posting ace Maeda

Oct 13, 2014

Carp set to hold off on posting ace Maeda

Hiroshima Carp owner Hajime Matsuda indicated Monday the team is unlikely to accept tender bids for Kenta Maeda under the posting system this offseason following the right-hander’s disappointing season in 2014. “We have the right. We would like to let him go, but based ...

Tigers advance to Central League finale despite tie

Oct 12, 2014

Tigers advance to Central League finale despite tie

The Hanshin Tigers advanced to the final stage of the Central League playoffs on Sunday thanks to a 0-0 tie with the Hiroshima Carp in Game 2 of the Central League Climax Series first stage. Nippon Professional Baseball’s rules limit Climax Series games to ...