Friday, January 11, 2013

2013 Hall Of Fame Class

A year after electing two former Hiroshima Toyo Carp pitchers to the Hall Of Fame, the voters have again elected two former Carp pitchers to the Hall Of Fame - Yoshiro Sotokoba and Yutaka Ono.

Sotokoba pitched for the Carp for 15 seasons from 1965 to 1979.  He threw three no hitters (including one perfect game) in his career, which ties him with Eiji Sawamura for most in Japanese baseball history.  Sotokoba actually had a losing record for his career (131-138) due to having pitched his first nine years or so with some truly bad Carp teams.

2012 BBM No-Hitters #40 - Commemorating his first no-hitter

1975-76 Calbee #222

1976 Yanakatsu JY-1
Ono pitched 22 years for the Carp (1977-1998).  He alternated between starting and relieving throughout his career.  In recent years, he has been a pitching coach for the Japanese National Team at several international tournaments.

1984 Takara Carp #24

1989 Calbee #302

2008 BBM Japanese National Team #JPN04

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