Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
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Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles team was founded at the conclusion of the 2004
season to begin play in the Pacific League. The team was created to fill
the void created by the merger of the Orix BlueWave and the Osaka Kintetsu
Buffaloes. Those teams merged after the 2004 season due to financial
difficulties to become the Orix Buffaloes.
shopping mall operator Rakuten, the new team's owner, named the ballclub the Tohoku
Rakuten Golden Eagles. It is the first expansion team in the Japanese leagues in
more than 50 years.
The team is based in the city of
in the Tohoku region in north-eastern Japan
and is named after the golden eagles living in a mountain range in the area. The
baseball Eagles will play their home games at Kleenex Miyagi Stadium in
which may be reached in less than two hours from Tokyo
on the Shinkansen Bullet Train.
former Birmingham Barons team president Marty Kuehnert as its first general
manager, the first American to hold such a post in Japan.
Acknowledgment: Wayne Graczyk