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Nippon Professional Baseball
Nippon Professional Baseball
(1950–present)

Central League
Central League
(1950–present)

Ballpark Nagoya Dome
Nagoya Dome
(1997–present)

Year established 1936

Nickname(s) Ryu (竜, dragon)

Central League
Central League
pennants 9 (1954, 1974, 1982, 1988, 1999, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011)

Japan Series championships 2 (1954, 2007)

Former name(s)

Nagoya-gun (1936–1943) Sangyo-gun (1944) Chubu Nippon (1946) Chubu Nippon Dragons (1947) Chunichi Dragons
Chunichi Dragons
(1948–1950) Nagoya
Nagoya
Dragons (1951–1953) Chunichi Dragons
Chunichi Dragons
(1954–present)

Former league(s) Japanese Baseball League (1936–1949)

Former ballparks

Korakuen Stadium
Korakuen Stadium
(1948) Nagoya Baseball Stadium
Nagoya Baseball Stadium
(1949–1996)

Colors Blue, White          

Retired numbers 10, 15

Ownership Bungo Shirai ( Chunichi Shimbun
Chunichi Shimbun
Co.)

Manager Shigekazu Mori

Uniforms

The Chunichi Dragons
Chunichi Dragons
(中日ドラゴンズ, Chūnichi Doragonzu) are a professional baseball team based in Nagoya, the chief city in the Chūbu region
Chūbu region
of Japan. The team is in the Central League, and although they have had little success in the playoffs, they are still known as one of the most respected teams in Nippon Professional Baseball. They have won the Central League
Central League
pennant 9 times (most recently in 2011) and the Japan Series twice in 1954 and 2007. They were also champions in the 2007 Asia Series.

Contents

1 Franchise history

1.1 2007 Japan Series Title

2 Uniform 3 Current roster 4 Baseball Hall of Famers

4.1 Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame 4.2 American Baseball Hall of Fame

5 Retired numbers 6 MLB players 7 In popular culture 8 References 9 External links

Franchise history[edit] The Chunichi Dragons
Chunichi Dragons
were formed in 1936 as the Nagoya
Nagoya
Club. The franchise was acquired by the Chunichi Shimbun
Chunichi Shimbun
newspaper company in 1946.[1] They became the "Dragons" in 1947, but experimented with a number of variations on their team name before settling on Chunichi Dragons in 1954. The Dragons' most famous, Michio Nishizawa, player played for the team from 1936 to 1958. He entered the league as a 15-year-old pitcher. He, developed into a 20-game winner by 1939. Nishizawa's most memorable pitching feats occurred in 1942. On May 24 of that year, Nishizawa pitched a remarkable twenty-eight complete innings, totalling 311 pitches in a 4–4 tie against the Taiyō Whales
Taiyō Whales
at Korakuen Stadium. Later that year, he tossed his first and only no-hitter, accomplishing the feat against the Hankyu team. Despite a career ERA of 2.22, the heavy workload combined with injuries sustained during two years of service in World War II forced him to switch positions to first base, and later the outfield. After early struggles with the bat, Nishizawa developed into a feared hitter. He swatted a then-league record 46 home runs in 1950. His best season came in 1952, when he led the league in both batting average and runs batted in. Altogether, Nishizawa appeared in five All Star Games and won the Best Nine Award three times. Forkball-specialist Shigeru Sugishita dominated the Central League
Central League
for the Dragons from 1950–1955, winning more than 30 games twice (winning at least 23 games each season), and garnering three Eiji Sawamura Awards. Led by Sugishita and an aging Nishizawa, the Dragons won their first Japan Series championship in 1954, defeating the Nishitetsu Lions 4-games-to-3. Nishizawa went on to manage the team from 1964–1967. He was elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame
Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame
in 1977 and his number 15 jersey is one of only two retired by the team. In 1974, the team won the Central League
Central League
title for the first time in 20 years, and this victory stopped the Yomiuri Giants
Yomiuri Giants
from winning the league for the tenth consecutive year. Another league title came in 1999, and in that year, Dragons set a record by winning 11 consecutive games at the opening of the season. In the 2004 season they reached the Japan
Japan
Series, but lost to the Seibu Lions, the Pacific League Champions, and in 2006 they lost the Japan Series to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. At that point the team had won the Central League
Central League
pennant seven times since 1950, but their last Japan Series victory was in 1954, the longest such drought in Nippon Professional Baseball. 2007 Japan Series Title[edit]

The Chunichi Dragons
Chunichi Dragons
after winning the 2007 Japan Series Title

In early 2007, the NPB playoff rules were changed: The top team in the league would advance automatically, while the second and third teams in the league would play a best-of-three series. The winner would face the first-place team in a best-of-five series to see who would advance to the Japan Series finals. The Dragons took advantage of the new playoff system, and after finishing second in the season standings, swept the Hanshin Tigers
Hanshin Tigers
in a best-of-three series, then, in a huge upset, swept the heavily favoured Yomiuri Giants
Yomiuri Giants
in a best-of-five series to advance to the Japan Series against the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. In an exact reversal of the 2006 Japan
Japan
Series, Hokkaido won game 1 of the series, but the Dragons won the next four straight games, including a combined perfect game from Daisuke Yamai
Daisuke Yamai
and star closer Hitoki Iwase
Hitoki Iwase
in the deciding Game 5, to become the 2007 Japan Series Champions. Uniform[edit] The Dragons uniforms were based on the Brooklyn (now Los Angeles) Dodgers. The team's colors (blue and white) are the same colors worn by the Dodgers (both in Brooklyn and Los Angeles). From the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, the stylized lettering on the Dragons' jerseys and caps was virtually identical to the Dodgers' uniforms during that same period.[2] Current roster[edit]

Chunichi Dragons
Chunichi Dragons
roster

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First squad Second squad

Pitchers

11 Shinnosuke Ogasawara 12 Shinji Tajima 13 Hitoki Iwase 16 Katsuki Matayoshi 17 Yuya Yanagi 25 Yu Sato 33 Daisuke Sobue 46 Hiroshi Suzuki 47 Shotaro Kasahara 60 Dillon Gee 65 Junki Ito 70 Onelki García

Catchers

27 Shota Ohno 35 Takuya Kinoshita 38 Masato Matsui

Infielders

3 Shuhei Takahashi 51 Yota Kyoda 53 Kyohei Kamezawa 55 Nobumasa Fukuda 59 Tetsuya Tani 63 Naomichi Donoue 66 Dayán Viciedo

Outfielders

4 Atsushi Fujii 6 Ryosuke Hirata 8 Yohei Ohshima 42 Zoilo Almonte 56 Yusuke Matsui 62 Takahito Kudo

Manager

80 Shigekazu Mori

Pitchers

14 Keisuke Tanimoto 18 Shota Suzuki 19 Kazuki Yoshimi 21 Toshiya Okada 22 Yudai Ohno 24 Koji Fukutani 28 Taisuke Maruyama 29 Daisuke Yamai 30 Takuma Achira 40 Shō Ishikawa 41 Takuya Asao 43 Takuya Mitsuma 50 Tatsuya Shimizu 54 Kento Fujishima 57 Ryuya Ogawa 59 Takumi Yamamoto 61 Shunta Wakamatsu 64 Ryosuke Oguma 98 Yusuke Kinoshita 99 Daisuke Matsuzaka

Catchers

39 Shingo Takeyama 45 Shota Sugiyama 52 Takuma Kato 68 Iori Katsura

Infielders

0 Wataru Takamatsu 2 Masahiro Araki 5 Toshiki Abe 9 Shun Ishikawa 31 Kei Nomoto 32 Masami Ishigaki 36 Ryota Ishioka 37 Taiki Mitsumata 48 Hayato Mizowaki

Outfielders

1 Shota Tomonaga 23 Issei Endō 26 Masataka Iryo 44 Steven Moya 49 Kosuke Itō 67 Hiroki Kondoh

Manager

82 Michihiro Ogasawara

Development Players

202 Tomohiro Hamada
Tomohiro Hamada
(P) 203 Tatsuro Hamada (P) 204 Masashi Yamamoto (P) 205 Shu Yoshida (P) 206 Akito Okura (P) 208 Mikihiro Nishihama (P) 209 Kenta Mark Ishida (P) 210 Ariel Martínez (C) 211 Raidel Martínez
Raidel Martínez
(P) 212 Masaru Watanabe (OF) 234 Hiroto Fuku (P)

Updated 2018-03-30 → All NPB rosters

Baseball Hall of Famers[edit] The following Hall of Famers played, coached and/or managed for the Dragons, and are listed with the years they were with the club.[3]

Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame[edit]

Yutaka Ikeda (池田 豊) (1936)

Daisuke Miyake (三宅 大輔) (1944)

Shunichi Amachi (天知 俊一) (1949–1958)

Tokuro Konishi (小西 得郎) (1939–1941)

Shuichi Ishimoto (石本 秀一) (1961–1962)

Hideo Fujimoto
Hideo Fujimoto
(藤本 英雄) (1947)

Shigeru Mizuhara (水原 茂) (1969–1971)

Michio Nishizawa
Michio Nishizawa
(西澤 道夫) (1947–1950, 1954–1958, 1963–1968)

Makoto Kozuru
Makoto Kozuru
(小鶴 誠) (1942–1943, 1946-1947)

Shigeru Sugishita (杉下 茂) (1949–1958, 1959-1960, 1968)

Minoru Yamashita (山下 実) (1942)

Shigeru Makino (牧野 茂 ) (1952–1959)

Michinori Tsubouchi (坪内 道則) (1949–1951, 1950, 1954, 1957-1958, 1952-1953)

Kazuhisa Inao
Kazuhisa Inao
(稲尾 和久) (1978–1980)

Wally Kaname Yonamine (与那嶺 要) (1961–1962, 1963–1966, 1970–1977)

Sadao Kondo (近藤 貞雄) (1948–1954, 1953, 1955-1962, 1964-1968, 1972-1976, 1981-1983)

Ryohei Hasegawa (長谷川 良平) (1968–1970)

Kazuhiro Yamauchi (山内 一弘) (1984–1986)

Kenjiro Tamiya (田宮 謙次郎) (1968–1969)

Morimichi Takagi
Morimichi Takagi
(髙木 守道) (1960–1986, 1992–1995, 2012–2013)

Hisashi Yamada
Hisashi Yamada
(山田 久志) (1999–2003)

Takao Kajimoto (梶本 隆夫) (1998–1999)

Shinichi Eto (江藤 愼一) (1959–1974)

Hiromitsu Ochiai
Hiromitsu Ochiai
(落合 博満) (1987–1993, 2004-2011, 2013-2016)

American Baseball Hall of Fame[edit]

Larry Doby
Larry Doby
(1962)

Retired numbers[edit]

10 Tsuguhiro Hattori
Tsuguhiro Hattori
(服部 受弘)

15 Michio Nishizawa
Michio Nishizawa
(西澤 道夫)

MLB players[edit] Active:

Kosuke Fukudome
Kosuke Fukudome
(2008–2012) Wei-Yin Chen
Wei-Yin Chen
(2012–) Matt Clark (2014)

Retired:

Ken Macha
Ken Macha
(1982–1985) Vance Law (1990) Matt Stairs
Matt Stairs
(1993) Darnell Coles (1996) Lee Sang-Hoon (2000) Akinori Otsuka
Akinori Otsuka
(2003–2007) Kenshin Kawakami
Kenshin Kawakami
(2009–2010) Leo Gomez (1997–2002)

In popular culture[edit]

The Dragons became known to audiences in the U.S. through the 1992 movie Mr. Baseball, starring Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck
and Ken Takakura. The film is based around a difficult season in the career of aging Yankees first baseman Jack Elliot (Selleck), who is traded to the Chunichi Dragons during spring training, and is forced to deal with high expectations and cultural differences during the Dragons' pennant run. In 2009 a Nintendo Wii
Nintendo Wii
game aimed at children,"Doala de Wii," was released. The game is based on the popular team mascot "Doala." In Haruki Murakami's 2002 novel Kafka on the Shore, one of the characters, Hoshino, is a devoted fan of the Chunichi Dragons, wearing the team's cap everywhere he goes.

References[edit]

^ "Chubu Nihon," Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed March 8, 2015. ^ Baseel, Casey. "Why are the Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers
wearing the caps from Nagoya’s professional baseball team?" Rocket News 24 (Jan 31, 2016). ^ "中日ドラゴンズ関係 野球殿堂入り" [Chunichi Dragons related hall of famers] (PDF) (in Japanese). Baseball Museum Japan. 201. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Chunichi Dragons.

(in Japanese) Chunichi Dragons
Chunichi Dragons
official web site

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Chunichi Dragons
Chunichi Dragons
current roster

Pitchers

11 Shinnosuke Ogasawara 12 Shinji Tajima 13 Hitoki Iwase 14 Keisuke Tanimoto 16 Katsuki Matayoshi 17 Yuya Yanagi 18 Shota Suzuki 19 Kazuki Yoshimi 21 Toshiya Okada 25 Yu Sato 22 Yudai Ono 24 Koji Fukutani 28 Taisuke Maruyama 29 Daisuke Yamai 30 Takuma Achira 33 Daisuke Sobue 40 Sho Ishikawa 41 Takuya Asao 43 Takuya Mitsuma 46 Hiroshi Suzuki 47 Shotaro Kasahara 50 Tatsuya Shimizu 54 Kento Fujishima 57 Ryuya Ogawa 59 Takumi Yamamoto 60 Dillon Gee 61 Shunta Wakamatsu 64 Ryosuke Oguma 65 Junki Ito 70 Onelki García 98 Yusuke Kinoshita 99 Daisuke Matsuzaka

Catchers

27 Shota Ohno 35 Takuya Kinoshita 38 Masato Matsui 39 Shingo Takeyama 45 Shota Sugiyama 52 Takuma Kato 68 Iori Katsura

Infielders

0 Wataru Takamatsu 2 Masahiro Araki 3 Shuhei Takahashi 5 Toshiki Abe 9 Shun Ishikawa 31 Kei Nomoto 32 Masami Ishigaki 36 Ryota Ishioka 37 Taiki Mitsumata 48 Hayato Mizowaki 51 Yota Kyoda 53 Kyohei Kamezawa 55 Nobumasa Fukuda 58 Tetsuya Tani 63 Naomichi Donoue 66 Dayán Viciedo

Outfielders

1 Shota Tomonaga 4 Atsushi Fujii 6 Ryosuke Hirata 8 Yohei Oshima 23 Issei Endō 26 Masataka Iryo 42 Zoilo Almonte 44 Steven Moya 49 Kosuke Ito 56 Yusuke Matsui 62 Takahito Kudo 67 Hiroki Kondoh

Development Players

202 Tomohiro Hamada 203 Tatsuro Hamada 204 Masashi Yamamoto 205 Shu Yoshida 206 Akito Okura 208 Mikihiro Nishihama 209 Kenta Mark Ishida 210 Ariel Martínez 211 Raidel Martínez 212 Masaru Watanabe 234 Hiroto Fuku

First Team Manager

80 Shigekazu Mori

First Team Coaches

90 Masahiro Doi
Masahiro Doi
(Batting) 71 Toshio Haru (Batting) 72 Fujio Tamura (Battery) 76 Shinichi Kondoh
Shinichi Kondoh
(Pitching) 81 Kenta Asakura
Kenta Asakura
(Pitching) 83 Hiroshi Narahara
Hiroshi Narahara
(Infield defense/Base-running) 85 Hiroshi Moriwaki
Hiroshi Moriwaki
(Chief Fielding Coach) 78 Kiyoyuki Nagashima (Outfield defense/Base-running) 92 Kosei Katsuzaki (Conditioning) 93 Takemi Miyamae (Conditioning)

Second Team Manager

82 Michihiro Ogasawara

Second Team Coaches

75 Masahiko Morino
Masahiko Morino
(Batting) 79 Akio Ishii (Batting) 86 Takashi Ogasawara
Takashi Ogasawara
(Pitching) 87 Shinji Iwata
Shinji Iwata
(Pitching) 88 Yujiro Miyako (Pitching) 84 Kazuo Hayakawa (Fielding) 73 Masatoshi Ogawa (Battery) 77 Hiroyuki Watanabe (Infield Defense) 89 Hidenori (Outfield defense/Base-running) 96 Kosuke Matsuoka (Development) 95 Hiroshi Tsukamoto (Conditioning)

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Formerly the Nagoya
Nagoya
Club, Sangyo, Chūbu Nippon and Nagoya
Nagoya
Dragons Based in Nagoya, Aichi

The Franchise

Chunichi Shimbun History Seasons Records Players Managers Broadcasters

Ballparks

Nagoya
Nagoya
Baseball Stadium Nagoya
Nagoya
Dome

Culture

Mr. Baseball

Retired Numbers

10 15

Asia Series(1)

2007

Japan
Japan
Series Championships (2)

1954 2007

Central League Championships (9)

1954 1974 1982 1988 1999 2004 2006 2010 2011

Seasons (74)

1930s

1936 1937 1938 1939

1940s

1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949

1950s

1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959

1960s

1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969

1970s

1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979

1980s

1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989

1990s

1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

2000s

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

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