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Nippon Professional Baseball
Nippon Professional Baseball
(1950 –present)

* Central League
Central League
(1950 –present)

BALLPARK Nagoya Dome (1997–present)

YEAR ESTABLISHED 1936

NICKNAME(S) Ryu (竜, dragon)

CENTRAL LEAGUE PENNANTS 8 (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 (1949–1996)

COLORS Blue, White

RETIRED NUMBERS 10 , 15

OWNERSHIP Bungo Shirai ( Chunichi Shimbun
Chunichi Shimbun
Co. )

MANAGER Shigekazu Mori

UNIFORMS

The CHUNICHI DRAGONS (中日ドラゴンズ, Chūnichi Doragonzu) are a professional baseball team based in Nagoya
Nagoya
, the chief city in the Chūbu region
Chūbu region
of Japan. The team is in the Central League
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 8 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

The Chunichi Dragons
Chunichi Dragons
were formed in 1936 as the NAGOYA CLUB. The franchise was acquired by the Chunichi Shimbun
Chunichi Shimbun
newspaper company in 1946. 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 at Korakuen Stadium
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 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 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 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
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
Nippon Professional Baseball
.

2007 JAPAN SERIES TITLE

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 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
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 and star closer Hitoki Iwase in the deciding Game 5, to become the 2007 Japan Series Champions.

UNIFORM

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.

CURRENT ROSTER

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 * 22 Yudai Ohno * 24 Koji Fukutani
Koji Fukutani
* 33 Daisuke Sobue * 41 Takuya Asao
Takuya Asao
* 43 Takuya Mitsuma * 47 Shotaro Kasahara * 60 Keisuke Tanimoto
Keisuke Tanimoto
* 65 Junki Ito

CATCHERS

* 35 Takuya Kinoshita * 38 Masato Matsui * 52 Shingo Takeyama

INFIELDERS

* 2 Masahiro Araki * 3 Shuhei Takahashi * 5 Toshiki Abe * 23 Issei Endō * 42 Alex Guerrero
Alex Guerrero
* 51 Yota Kyoda * 53 Kyohei Kamezawa * 55 Nobumasa Fukuda * 63 Naomichi Donoue * 70 Tetsuya Tani

OUTFIELDERS

* 4 Atsushi Fujii * 56 Yusuke Matsui * 62 Takahito Kudo * 67 Hiroki Kondoh
Hiroki Kondoh

MANAGER

* 80 Shigekazu Mori

PITCHERS

* 14 Yu Sato * 17 Yuya Yanagi * 18 Shota Suzuki * 19 Kazuki Yoshimi * 20 Ryosuke Nomura * 21 Toshiya Okada
Toshiya Okada
* 25 Yuta Mutoh * 28 Taisuke Maruyama * 29 Daisuke Yamai * 30 Takuma Achira * 34 Hiroto Fuku * 49 Elvis Araújo * 50 Takeshi Kaneko * 54 Kento Fujishima * 57 Ryuya Ogawa * 58 Tomoya Yagi * 59 Junki Kishimoto * 61 Shunta Wakamatsu * 64 Ryosuke Oguma * 91 Jorge Rondon * 99 Jordan Norberto

CATCHERS

* 39 Takuma Kato * 40 Iori Katsura * 45 Shota Sugiyama * 68 Ryuichiro Akada

INFIELDERS

* 0 Tatsuro Iwasaki * 7 Masahiko Morino * 9 Shun Ishikawa * 28 Masami Ishigaki * 36 Ryota Ishioka * 37 Taiki Mitsumata * 48 Hayato Mizowaki

OUTFIELDERS

* 1 Shota Tomonaga * 6 Ryosuke Hirata
Ryosuke Hirata
* 8 Yohei Ohshima * 26 Masataka Iryo * 31 Kei Nomoto * 46 Takeru Furumoto * 66 Dayán Viciedo * 69 Kazuyuki Akasaka

MANAGER

* 82 Michihiro Ogasawara

DEVELOPMENT PLAYERS

* 201 Yusuke Kinoshita (P) * 202 Tomohiro Hamada (P) * 203 Tatsuro Hamada (P) * 204 Masashi Yamamoto (P) * 205 Shu Yoshida (P) * 207 Masaru Fujiyoshi (C) * 208 Mikihiro Nishihama (P) * 210 Leonardo Urgellés (OF) * 211 Raidel Martínez (P) * 212 Masaru Watanabe (OF)

Updated 2017-09-27 → All NPB rosters

BASEBALL HALL OF FAMERS

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

JAPANESE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME

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

* * Larry Doby
Larry Doby
(1962)

RETIRED NUMBERS

* * 10 Tsuguhiro Hattori (服部 受弘) * * 15 Michio Nishizawa (西澤 道夫)

MLB PLAYERS

Active:

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

Retired:

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

IN POPULAR CULTURE

* The Dragons became known to audiences in the U.S. through the 1992 movie Mr. Baseball
Mr. Baseball
, starring Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck
and Ken Takakura
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
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

* ^ "Chubu Nihon," Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed March 8, 2015. * ^ Baseel, Casey. "Why are the 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" (PDF) (in Japanese). Baseball Museum Japan. 201. Retrieved 19 December 2016.

EXTERNAL LINKS

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* (in Japanese) Chunichi Dragons
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Nippon Professional Baseball
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