Feb 6, 2016

Gomes finalizes deal to play for Rakuten

Jonny Gomes, a 13-season Major League Baseball outfielder who played on two of the past three World Series champions, has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, according to published reports this week. The 35-year-old American was a ...

Dec 24, 2015

Mexican League MVP Amador joins Eagles

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles have signed 28-year-old first baseman-designated hitter Japhet Amador, this year’s Mexican League MVP, the Pacific League club announced Thursday. The 193-cm, 135-kg Amador led his league this year with 41 home runs and 117 RBIs for Mexico City Red ...

Dec 9, 2015

Norimoto likely to get ball for Rakuten in 2016 opener

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles manager Masataka Nashida on Wednesday indicated he will pin his hopes on Takahiro Norimoto for next season’s opening game against the Japan Series champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. It will make the 25-year-old Norimoto the first NPB pitcher to start four ...

Nov 27, 2015

Eagles sign former Marine Imae

Former Chiba Lotte Marines third baseman Toshiaki Imae has joined the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, the Pacific League club announced Friday. The 32-year-old Imae spent all of his 14 years as professional with Lotte after joining the PL team as the third draft pick ...

Nov 26, 2015

Eagles acquire veteran pitcher Liz

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles have signed pitcher Radhames Liz to a one-year deal, the Pacific League club announced Thursday. A 189-cmright-hander, the 32-year-old Liz pitched in 14 games this past season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, going 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA. He struck ...

Nov 21, 2015

Eagles to add grass, Ferris wheel to Sendai home

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles announced Friday that they will convert their home park, Kobo Stadium Miyagi, into the Pacific League’s only natural turf field ahead of the 2016 season, while increasing seating capacity to over 30,000. The measures are expected to cost ¥3 ...

Nov 6, 2015

Hawks to open season in Sendai

The two-time defending Pacific League and Japan Series champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks will open their 2016 season on the road in Sendai on March 25 against the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, the league said Friday. The Eagles, who finished last the past two seasons, ...

Oct 31, 2015

Eagles part ways with Pena, four foreign teammates

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, who finished last in the Pacific League for the last two seasons, said Saturday that five foreign players, including former Best Nine Award-winning slugger Wily Mo Pena, will not be back for 2016. Pena was honored as the Pacific ...

New Eagles manager Nashida eager to lead PL club

Oct 8, 2015

New Eagles manager Nashida eager to lead PL club

Masataka Nashida said Thursday he was thankful for the opportunity to turn the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles fortunes around as manager of the Pacific League club next season. “At 62 years old I am grateful for another chance to manage,” Nashida told a news ...