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August 30, 2017
We congratulate friend Senichi Hoshino on his Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame induction
We congratulate friend Senichi Hoshino, the former manager of the Chunichi Dragons in Japan professional baseball, who was inducted into the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame on July 14 during ceremonies at the Nagoya Dome prior to the first game of the two-game All-Star Series.
As Dragons Manager, Hoshino led the team to Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida for spring training in 1988 for two weeks. It was the first time the Dragons trained at Dodgertown. Five Chunichi players remained in the Dodger minor league system to gain valuable experience during the 1988 season. On March 3, 1988, the Dodgers played Chunichi in an exhibition game at Holman Stadium. Hoshino and the Dragons won league pennants twice – in 1988 and 1999. He managed Chunichi from 1987-1991 and again from 1996-2001. Hoshino also played for the Dragons, as the former right-hand pitcher helped his team win the 1974 league pennant and earned 146 victories from 1969-1982.
In 2003, with the Hanshin Tigers, he managed the team to their first league pennant in 18 years. He later had another successful managerial stint with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles from 2011-14.
At the Induction Ceremony, All-Star players, coaches and managers from Japan’s Central and Pacific Leagues lined up in front of their respective dugouts to recognize Hoshino and fellow Hall of Fame inductees Tsutomu Itoh and Masaji Hiramatsu.
Through the years, 17 Japanese Hall of Famers have trained and visited Dodgertown.
Photo of Induction Ceremony (L-R): Daichi Suzuki, Tsutomu Itoh, Katsuhiko Kumazaki, Senichi Hoshino, Masaji Hiramatsu, Motohiro Shima and Toshitomo Tsutsugo.
About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”
World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532