Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

Rakuten Eagles
Team logo Cap insignia

Nippon Professional Baseball (2005–present)

Year established 2005
  • Washi (?, eagles)
  • Inuwashi (イヌワシ?, golden eagles)
Pacific League pennants 1 (2013)
Japan Series championships 1 (2013)
Colors Red, Gold
Retired numbers 10
Ownership Rakuten Inc.
Manager Masataka Nashida

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (東北楽天ゴールデンイーグルス Tōhoku Rakuten Gōruden Īgurusu) is a baseball team based in Sendai, in Miyagi Prefecture, which plays in the Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball Pacific League since 2005. They were Japan Series champions in 2013 after defeating the Yomiuri Giants.

The team was created to fill the void left by the merger of the Orix BlueWave and the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes, after the 2004 season due to financial difficulties, leaving the Pacific League with five teams, causing the biggest crisis in the traditional two-league structure in NPB and finally caused the historical-first baseball player strike in Japan. The team is owned by the Internet shopping company Rakuten.[1]

The team's manager was Katsuya Nomura, the oldest manager in NPB history, but he was replaced after the 2009 season by Marty Brown, the former manager of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Brown was in turn replaced by Senichi Hoshino after a last place finish in 2010. Masataka Nashida has been the team's manager since 2016.

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

Players of note

First squad Second squad










Development Players

  • 005 Hirohito Shimai OF
  • 024 Kazuya Takahori P
  • 051 Takahiro Kakizawa OF
  • 121 Sho Miyagawa P
  • 122 Takumaru Yaoita OF
  • 123 Hiroki Osakaya INF
  • 124 Alejandro Segovia C
  • 129 Tomohiro Umetsu P
  • 143 Yusuke Kosai INF

Updated April 25, 2015
All NPB rosters

Former managers

Former players

Retired numbers

MLB players



Honours and records

2013 honours

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


Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
2005Yasushi Tao13638971.28151.5.2555.676
2006Katsuya Nomura13647854.35633.0.2584.306
2007Katsuya Nomura14467752.47213.5.2624.314
2008Katsuya Nomura14465763.46111.5.2723.895
2009Katsuya Nomura14477661.5385.5.2674.012
2010Marty Brown14462793.44015.0.2653.986
2011Senichi Hoshino14466717.48222.5.2452.855
2012Senichi Hoshino144676710.5007.5.2522.994
2013Senichi Hoshino14482593.582-.2673.511
2014Senichi Hoshino14464800.44417.0.2553.976
2015Hiromoto Okubo14357833.40733.5.2413.826
2016Masataka Nashida14362783.44325.0.2574.115
Total--156775491640 .452 -- -- -- --

Golden Eagles Fan Club honorary members

See also

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  1. Rakuten Golden Eagles (Sendai) Team Information. Retrieved on 2013-09-19.
  2. Japan Pro Baseball and the Earthquake and Tsunami
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