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Seibu Lions
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League Pacific League
Location Tokorozawa, Saitama
Ballpark Seibu Dome(Goodwill Dome)
Year Founded 1950
Nickname(s) Seibu (西武), Lions (ライオンズ), Leo (レオ), Shishi (獅子, which means lion)
League championships 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1963, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2004
Japan Series championships 1956, 1957, 1958, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2004
Former name(s) Nishitetsu Clippers (1950), Nishitetsu Lions (1951-1972), Taiheiyo Club Lions (19731976), Crown Lighter Lions (19771978), Seibu Lions (1979–)
Colors Blue, white and green
Logo Design A white lions's head on a green field.[1]
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The Seibu Lions (西武ライオンズ Seibu Raionzu?) are a professional baseball team in Japan's Pacific League. As a company, it is a subsidiary of Prince Hotels, belonging to Seibu Group. Recently, the team has stood on shaky financial ground, a standing that may be remedied now that the Lions' superstar pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has signed with the Boston Red Sox. With the Red Sox signing Matsuzaka, the Lions will get the 6 billion Japanese yen (about $51.11 million USD) posting fee. Since 1978, the team logo and mascot is based on the adult Kimba the White Lion, a famous classic anime series by Osamu Tezuka. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Pacific League (パシフィック・リーグ Pashifikku Riigu) is one of Japans two major professional baseball leagues (the other is the Central League). ... Tokorozawa (Japanese: 所沢市; -shi) is a city located in Saitama, Japan. ... Seibu Dome is a stadium located in Tokorozawa, Saitama used by the Seibu Lions. ... Seibu Dome is a stadium located in Tokorozawa, Saitama used by the Seibu Lions. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1950 throughout the world. ... For other uses, see Lion (disambiguation). ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A car from 1956 Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Jan. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... 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Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Yomiuri Giants have won twenty Japan Series, more than any other team. ... A car from 1956 Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Jan. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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In 2004, former Seibu Lions player Kazuo Matsui became the first Japanese infielder to play in Major League Baseball. Kazuo Kaz Matsui (松井 稼頭央 Matsui Kazuo, born October 23, 1975 in Osaka, Japan) is an infielder and switch hitter in Major League Baseball and plays for the Colorado Rockies. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ...

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Franchise history

Nishitetsu Clippers (1950)

In 1950, the team became a founding member of the Pacific League, and was owned by Nishi-Nippon Railroad based in Fukuoka. The team finished sixth that year, and at the end of the season the team was merged with the Nishi-Nippon Pirates to form the Nishitetsu Lions. The Pacific League (パシフィック・リーグ Pashifikku Riigu) is one of Japans two major professional baseball leagues (the other is the Central League). ... The Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co. ... Fukuoka Prefecture ) is located on Kyūshū Island, Japan. ... The Seibu Lions (Japanese: ) are a professional baseball team in Japans Pacific League and are owned by Yoshiaki Tsutsumi, who was once listed as the worlds richest man. ...


Nishitetsu Lions (1951-1972)

In 1951, the Nishi-Nippon Pirates and Nishitetsu Clippers merged to form the Nishitetsu Lions. They were one of the top Pacific League teams of the decade, winning four pennants and winning three straight Japan Series against the Yomiuri Giants. Osamu Mihara managed the team throughout their 1950s success period. The team was not as successful in the following decade and in 1973 was sold and became the Taiheiyo Club Lions. The Nishitetsu Lions called Heiwadai Stadium home for their entire existence. The Yomiuri Giants have won twenty Japan Series, more than any other team. ... The Yomiuri Giants ) are one of the popular Central League baseball teams based at the Tokyo Dome in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan. ... Heiwadai Stadium was a stadium in Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan. ...


Taiheiyo Club Lions (1973-1976)

In November, 1972, the Nishitetsu Lions were bought by the Fukuoka Baseball Corporation from Nishi-Nippon Railroad. The company was founded by Nagayoshi Nakamura, owner of the Lotte and the Orions. The team's sponsorship rights were then sold to Taiheiyo Club, a golf course and resort developer, and the team was renamed. The team remained as the Taiheiyo Club Lions until after the 1976 season. The Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co. ...


Crown Lighter Lions (1977-1978)

At the end of the 1976 season, the Fukuoka Baseball Corporation announced that the team's new sponsor was Crown Gas Lighter. With this, the team's name for the upcoming season was changed to the Crown Lighter Lions. At the end of the 1978 season the team was sold to Kokudo Keikaku (later Kokudo, then merged into Prince Hotels), a Seibu Railway Group company. The Prince Hotels is a chain of hotels, with headquarters in Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan. ... Seibu Railway train in the city of Higashi Murayama, Tokyo The Seibu Railway Company, Ltd. ...


Seibu Lions (1979-)

The Crown Lighter Lions were sold to Seibu Group in 1978, and since then have used the name Seibu Lions, and relocated to a new ballpark in Tokorozawa, Saitama. Tokorozawa (Japanese: 所沢市; -shi) is a city located in Saitama, Japan. ...


The "Golden Age" of Seibu Lions(1982-1994)

Seibu Lions started their history in the last place in 1979. But with new manager Tatsuro Hirooka and starplayers such as Osamu Higashio, Koichi Tabuchi, they started their Golden Age with two-year straight Japan Series winning in 1982-1983 and 1985 league champion. In the years with next manager Masaaki Mori, Lions had neary dominated the Japanese professional baseball scene over ten years with devastating batters and pichers. Lions had various type of batters- sluggers such as Kouji Akiyama, Kazuhiro Kiyohara and Orestes Destrade, skilled players such as Hiromichi Ishige, Hatsuhiko Tsuji, and smart catcher Tsutomu Ito. And they also had great pichers- starting pichers: "The Oriental Express" Taigen Kaku, Kimiyasu Kudo, Hisanobu Watanabe, bullpen pichers: Yoshitaka Katori, Testuya Shiozaki. Mori won 8 league championship(1986-1988,1990-1994) and 6 Japan Series championship(1986-1988,1990-1992) in his nine-year managing career. Seibu Lions was called "Invincible Seibu" because of their accomplishment in those days. Osamu Higashio ) (b. ... The Yomiuri Giants have won twenty Japan Series, more than any other team. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... Koji Akiyama (秋山 幸二, born April 6, 1962 in Kumamoto) was a professional baseball player for the Seibu Lions in Japans Nippon Professional Baseball. ... Kazuhiro Kiyohara (born August 18, 1967 in Osaka) is a first baseman for the Orix Buffaloes in Japans Nippon Professional Baseball. ... Orestes Cuevas Destrade (Born May 8, 1962) is a Cuban retired Major League Baseball External links Baseball-Reference. ... Bats Right, Throws Right Height 5 11, Weight 165 lb. ... Hatsuhiko Tsuji (born October 24, 1958 in Saga, Japan) was a professional baseball player for the Seibu Lions in Nippon Professional Baseball. ... Tsutomu Itoh (Japanese:伊東 勤, born August 29, 1962 in Kumamoto, Japan) is the former manager of Nippon Professional Baseballs Seibu Lions. ... Tai-Yuan Kuo (Traditional Chinese: 郭泰源; Hanyu Pinyin: Guo Tàiyuán; Wade-Giles: Kuo T’ai-Yüan; Japanese: たいげん かく, Taigen Kaku, born March 20, 1962 in Tainan City, Taiwan) was a retired Taiwanese NPB baseball pitcher and currently a baseball coach. ... Hisanobu Watanabe (渡辺久信 born August 2, 1965 in Gunma, Japan) is the manager of the Seibu Lions. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


Stars in their "Golden Age"

Name position Title and accomplishment Note
Kouji Akiyama CF Home Run Title 1987, Stolen Base Title 1990, Golden Glove 1987-1996,1999
437 HR and 303 SB in career
Belonged to Daiei Hawks from 1994
Kazuhiro Kiyohara 1B Rookie of the year 1986, Golden Glove (1988,1990,1992-1994),
525HR and 1527 RBIs in career
Orestes Destrade DH Home Run Title 1990-1992, RBI Title 1990-1991
Hiromichi Ishige 3B Rookie of the year, Golden Glove 1981-1983,1985-1988,1991-1993), MVP 1986
Hatsuhiko Tuji 2B Batting Title 1993, Golden Glove 1986, 1988-1994
Tsutomu Ito C Golden Glove 1985-1988, 1990-1992, 1994-1995 1997-1998
Hisanobu Watanabe P Winning Percentage Title 1986, 1988, 1990, ERA Title 1986, Strikeout Title 1986, Golden Glove 1990, No-hitter 1996
Osamu Higashio P Wins Champion 1975,1983, ERA Title 1983, Strikeout Title 1975, MVP 1983,1987, Golden Glove 1983-1987
Taigen Kaku P MVP1991, Golden Grove 1991-1992, No-hitter 1985
Kimiyasu Kudo P ERA Title 1985,1987,1993,1999, Winning Percentage Title1987,1991,1993,2000, Strikeout Title 1996,1999, Golden Glove 1994-1995,2000, MVP 1999 Belonged to Daiei Hawks from 1994, Yomiuri Giants from 2000

Koji Akiyama (秋山 幸二, born April 6, 1962 in Kumamoto) was a professional baseball player for the Seibu Lions in Japans Nippon Professional Baseball. ... The position of the center fielder A center fielder, abbreviated CF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in center field - the baseball fielding position between left field and right field (e. ... Homerun redirects here. ... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1988. ... The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks ) are a Japanese baseball team based in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture. ... Kazuhiro Kiyohara (born August 18, 1967 in Osaka) is a first baseman for the Orix Buffaloes in Japans Nippon Professional Baseball. ... The position of the first baseman First base redirects here. ... The Rookie of the Year award is given by a number of sports leagues, mainly in North America, to the top first-time professional athlete of the season. ... Orestes Cuevas Destrade (Born May 8, 1962) is a Cuban retired Major League Baseball External links Baseball-Reference. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... Homerun redirects here. ... RBI is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, including Reserve Bank of India Run batted in, in baseball Radio Berlin International This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Bats Right, Throws Right Height 5 11, Weight 165 lb. ... The position of the third baseman “Third base” redirects here. ... The Rookie of the Year award is given by a number of sports leagues, mainly in North America, to the top first-time professional athlete of the season. ... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... The position of the second baseman Second base redirects here. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... Tsutomu Itoh (Japanese:伊東 勤, born August 29, 1962 in Kumamoto, Japan) is the former manager of Nippon Professional Baseballs Seibu Lions. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... Hisanobu Watanabe (渡辺久信 born August 2, 1965 in Gunma, Japan) is the manager of the Seibu Lions. ... This article is about the player in baseball. ... In Major League Baseball, a win (denoted W) is generally credited to the pitcher for the winning team who was in the game when they last took the lead. ... 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In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... Tai-Yuan Kuo (Traditional Chinese: 郭泰源; Hanyu Pinyin: Guo Tàiyuán; Wade-Giles: Kuo T’ai-Yüan; Japanese: たいげん かく, Taigen Kaku, born March 20, 1962 in Tainan City, Taiwan) was a retired Taiwanese NPB baseball pitcher and currently a baseball coach. ... This article is about the player in baseball. ... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... In baseball and softball, a no-hit game (more commonly known as a no-hitter) refers to a contest in which one of the teams has prevented the other from getting an official hit during the entire length of the game, which must be at least 9 innings by the... This article is about the player in baseball. ... An era is a long period of time with different technical and colloquial meanings, and usages in language. ... In Major League Baseball, a win (denoted W) is generally credited to the pitcher for the winning team who was in the game when they last took the lead. ... For the typographical mode indicating deleted text, see Strikethrough. ... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks ) are a Japanese baseball team based in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture. ... The Yomiuri Giants ) are one of the popular Central League baseball teams based at the Tokyo Dome in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan. ...

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JapanBall.com - Seibu Lions Team Information (1057 words)
The big question mark for the Seibu Lions, of course, will be how well they deal with the absence of ace right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has gone off to pursue a career in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox.
As the post-Matsuzaka era begins, the Lions are determined not to miss a beat.
Add to that the fact that Seibu ace and World Baseball Classic MVP Daisuke Matsuzaka (17 wins last season) is now plying his trade in Boston, and this was shaping up to be a tough year for the Tokorozawa Nine.
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