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Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
From BR Bullpen
Current Manager: Kimiyasu Kudoh
Stadium: Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome
The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks were the successor to the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks; when the parent company, the Daiei corporation, begun having financial trouble, they sold the team to SoftBank, an internet services company. Softbank opened up the wallets, allowing for the signing of ex-major leaguers Tony Batista and Jolbert Cabrera to shore up the team, which finished first in the 2005 Pacific League title in its first season but lost in the playoffs to the Chiba Lotte Marines. The company also has tried to modernize the team's marketing, with webcasts of games. They won their first Japan Series in 2011 and won again in 2014.
- 2005-2008: Sadaharu Oh (Hiroshi Moriwaki interim for 55 games in 2006)
- 2009-2014 : Koji Akiyama
- 2015- : Kimiyasu Kudoh
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
|Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
2005 - present
|Current team name|