Orix Buffaloes

Orix Buffaloes
Orix Buffaloes
League Pacific League
Location Osaka, Kobe
Ballpark Kyocera Dome Osaka and Hotto Motto Field Kobe
Year Founded 1936
Nickname(s) Orix (オリックス),
Buffaloes (バファローズ),
League championships Hankyu/Orix: 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1995, 1996

Kintetsu: 1979, 1980, 1989, 2001
Japan Series championships Hankyu/Orix: 1975, 1976, 1977, 1996
Former name(s) Orix BlueWave:
Hankyu Professional Baseball Club (1936–1946), Hankyu Bears (1947), Hankyu Braves (1947–1988), Orix Braves (1989–1990), Orix BlueWave (1991–2004)

Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes:
Kintetsu Pearls (1950-1958), Kintetsu Buffalo (1959-1961), Kintetsu Buffaloes (1962-1998), Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes (1999-2004)
Colors White, yellow and dark blue

Okada Akinobu

LogoDesign = "Buffaloes" written in yellow and blue



The Orix Buffaloes (オリックス・バファローズ Orikkusu Bafarōzu?) are a Nippon Professional Baseball team based in Osaka and Kobe, Japan. They play in the Pacific League. The team is owned by the Orix Group, a leading diversified financial services company based in Tokyo.

The team was formed after the 2004 NPB season by the merger of the Orix BlueWave and the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes. The merged team began play in the 2005 NPB season, splitting its home games between the Kobe Sports Park Baseball Stadium, the former home of the BlueWave, in Kobe and the Kyocera Dome Osaka, that of the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes, in Osaka.


Franchise history

Hankyu/Orix, 1936-2004

The Hankyu Braves

The Orix BlueWave was founded in 1936 under the ownership of a Japanese railway company Hanshin Kyuko Railway Company (阪神急行電鉄 Hanshin Kyuko Dentetsu?, present: Hankyu Hanshin Holdings, Inc.), as Osaka Hankyu Baseball Club (大阪阪急野球協会 Ōsaka hankyū yakyū kyōkai?). Later nicknamed Hankyu Braves, it was one of the first Japanese professional baseball teams.

The Hankyu Braves were one of the strongest teams not only in the Pacific League but in all of Japan. Between 1967 and 1972, the Hankyu Braves won the Pacific League pennant five times, but lost the Japan Series each time against the Tokyo Giants. Manager Yukio Nishimoto was known as "the great manager in tragedy" because of those losses. But the Hankyu Braves won Japan Series three times in a row from 1975, against Tokyo Giants in 1976 and 1977, led by manager Toshiharu Ueda. At that time many good players in Japanese Baseball history played for the Hankyu Braves.

In the 1980s, the team was still strong but lost the pennant to the Seibu Lions every year except 1984.

On October 19, 1988, Hankyu Railway sold the franchise to the lease company Orient Lease (since 1989 known as Orix Group). That was known as "the longest day of the Pacific League" because it was also the day when Kintetsu Buffaloes played the legendary double-header for the Pacific League pennant (but they could not have got the pennant because of a draw game). The deal had been done with two assurances: the team name would remain "Braves", and the franchise would stay in Nishinomiya. The sale was a surprise, because it was much rarer in those days in Japan for the ownership of a professional baseball team to change, not to mention for a large company to sell one of its parts; Hankyu Railway was thought of as one of the big companies that would never need to do such a thing.

The BlueWave

During the first two years of new ownership, the team was known as the Orix Braves and played in Nishinomiya. In 1991, the team became the Orix BlueWave, and moved to Kobe. Longtime fans were shocked by these changes. However, since Nishinomiya and Kobe are close to one another, and the new home field of the team was better than the old one, most fans accepted the move, although with some nostalgia for the historic "Braves" name. The team was sometimes called Aonami or Seiha (青波?) by fans and the baseball media, which means "blue wave" in Japanese.

Led by Ichiro Suzuki, in 1995 and 1996 the Orix BlueWave won the Pacific League pennant. In 1996, they also won the Japan Series.

Famous players

Famous former Orix BlueWave players include Ichiro Suzuki (now playing for the Seattle Mariners of the American League) and Shigetoshi Hasegawa (formerly of the Anaheim Angels and Seattle Mariners), as well as Daryl Spencer, Troy Neel, and So Taguchi.

Other remarkable former players include: Tetsuya Yoneda (350 game winner), Takao Kajimoto, Roberto Barbon, Tokuji Nagaike, Mitsuhiro Adachi (underhand big-game pitcher who defeated the Tokyo Giants), Yutaka Fukumoto, Hisashi Yamada (Japan's winningest underhand pitcher), Hideji Kato, Yutaro Imai (once pitched a perfect game), Roberto Marcano, Yoshinori Sato, Greg 'Boomer' Wells (the first non-Japanese triple crown hitter in NPB history), Masafumi Yamamori, Nobuyuki Hoshino and Yasuo Fujii.

Kintetsu, 1950-2004

The Kintetsu Buffalo were the first Japanese team to sign an American player. They signed former major league pitcher Glenn Mickens and catcher Ron Bottler for the 1959 season. Mickens had played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1953 and Bottler had been a career minor league catcher in the United States.

2005 to present

Current roster

Orix Buffaloes rosterview · talk · edit
Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other



  • 54 Hikaru Itō
  • 27 Takeshi Hidaka
  • 44 Fumihiro Suzuki


  • 52 Aarom Bardilis
  •  1 Mitsutaka Gotō
  •  5 Mike Hessman
  •  6 Keisuke Kaneko
  • 23 Hirotoshi Kitagawa
  •  3 Seung-Yeop Lee
  •  2 Kōji Yamasaki


  •  0 Makoto Moriyama
  •  4 Shogo Akada
  •  8 Shunta Gotō
  • 55 Takahiro Okada(T-Okada)
  •  9 Tomotaka Sakaguchi
  • 36 Shinji Shimoyama
  • 33 So Taguchi
  • 00 Tomochika Tsuboi


  • 28 Satoshi Komatsu
  • 13 Kentaro Kuwahara
  • 14 Shuichi Furukawa
  • 21 Takuya Kai
  • 35 Motoki Higa


  • 22 Daisuke Maeda
  • 37 Toshiya Tsuji
  • 45 Toshio Saitō
  • 67 Tetsuya Yokoyama



  • 66 Shintarō Yoshida


  • 80 Okada Akinobu


  • -- Takahiro Akagawa (conditioning)
  • 87 Motoyuki Akahori (pitching)
  • 83 Toshifumi Baba (IF defense/3rd base)
  • 70 Eiji Kiyokawa (pitching chief)
  • 74 Hideaki Matsuyama (OF defense/1st base)
  • 82 Takashi Miwa (bullpen)
  • 90 Eiji Mizuguchi (hitting)
  • 96 Taira Sumitomo (head)
  • 78 Osamu Yonemura (training)

{{{Active}}} Active, {{{Inactive}}} Inactive

Injury icon 2.svg 7- or 15-day disabled list
Suspended list
# Personal leave
Roster updated April 8, 2011
TransactionsDepth chart
All MLB rosters

Baseball Hall of Famers

Elected mainly for Hankyu Braves service

Elected for service with other teams, as well as Hankyu and Orix

  • Hisashi Yamada, P, 1969-1988 (inducted 2006)
  • Hiromitsu Kadota, DH, 1989-1990 (inducted 2006)
  • Akira Ōgi, MGR 1988-1992†, 1994–2001, 2005 (inducted 2004)
  • Toshiharu Ueda, MGR, 1974–1978, 1981-1990 (inducted 2003)
  • Tetsuya Yoneda, P, 1956-1975 (inducted 2000)
  • Futoshi Nakanishi, Head coach / Hitting coach, 1985-1990†, 1995-1997 (inducted 1999)

†For Kintetsu Buffaloes Elected mainly for Kintetsu Buffaloes service

  • Keishi Suzuki, P, 1966-1985 (inducted 2002)
  • Yukio Nishimoto, MGR 1974-1981 (inducted 1988)

Former players and managers

as Orix Buffaloes

as Orix BlueWave

as Kintetsu Buffaloes

as Hankyu (and Orix) Braves

Retired numbers

  • none

MLB player




until 2010
  • Neppie #111, a young boy
  • Ripsea #222, a young girl
  • Buffalo Bull #111
  • Buffalo Bell #222

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Orix Buffaloes — Surnom …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Orix Buffaloes — Partido de los Buffaloes desde el Skymark Stadium. Orix Buffaloes (en japonés オリックス・バファローズ, Orikkusu Bafarōzu) es un equipo de béisbol con sede en conjunta en las ciudades de Kōbe y Osaka, Japón. Fue fundado en 2004 a partir de la fusión del Orix …   Wikipedia Español

  • Orix Buffaloes — Die Orix Buffaloes (jap. オリックスバファローズ, orix bafarozu) sind eine japanische Baseball Profimannschaft. Sie spielen in der Pacific League und konnten bisher viermal die Nihon Series gewinnen. Heimat der Buffaloes ist Ōsaka, ihre Heimspiele tragen sie …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Orix Blue Wave — Orix BlueWave Les Orix BlueWave étaient une équipe de Baseball basée à Kōbe évoluant dans la Pacific League. Histoire Le club est fondé en 1936 sous le nom de Osaka Hankyu Baseball Club (大阪阪急野球協会), et se trouve alors être la propriété de Hankyu… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • ORIX — Rechtsform Kabushiki gaisha Gründung 17. April 1964 Sitz Hamamatsu chō …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Orix — steht für: Orix (Automarke), ehemalige spanische Automarke Orix Buffaloes, japanische Baseballmannschaft ORIX steht für: ORIX, japanisches Unternehmen Diese Seite ist eine …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Orix BlueWave — Infobox baseball team Name =nihongo|Orix BlueWave|オリックスブルーウェーブ|Orikkusu burūwēbu League =Pacific League Location =Kobe Founded =1936 LeagueChamps =1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1995, 1996 Series =Japan Series… …   Wikipedia

  • Orix BlueWave — Les Orix BlueWave étaient une équipe de Baseball basée à Kōbe évoluant dans la Pacific League. Histoire Le club est fondé en 1936 sous le nom de Osaka Hankyu Baseball Club (大阪阪急野球協会), et se trouve alors être la propriété de Hankyu Electric… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • ORIX — This article is about a Japanese corporation. For the antelope, see Oryx. ORIX Corporation Type Public company TYO: 8591, NYSE: IX …   Wikipedia

  • ORIX — Logo de ORIX Création 17 avril 1964 …   Wikipédia en Français