@50 days until Hiroshima Summit: Hiroshima Toyo Carp

by Yasuhiko Gotanda, Staff Writer

Hiroshima is proud of its professional baseball team, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. After playing as leading players of the Carp, some players tried for and joined the United States Major League and became world-famous. Hiroki Kuroda, who played for the New York Yankees and other teams, won 79 games in the major league. Among those players who remain active, Seiya Suzuki, now in his second season with the Chicago Cubs, and Kenta Maeda of the Minnesota Twins both built their professional foundations in Hiroshima.

And it is not just Japanese players. Alfonso Soriano was a popular player with the Yankees and other teams in the 2000s. He marked 2,095 hits and 289 stolen bases in 16 years. After attending the Dominican Republic Carp Academy, he joined the Carp. What he learned in Hiroshima led to his subsequent leaps.

(Originally published on March 30, 2023)