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|Nickname(s)||Kyojin (巨人), Giants (ジャイアンツ), G|
|League championships||1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002|
|Japan Series championships||1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1981, 1989, 1994, 2000, 2002|
|Former name(s)||Dai-Nippon Tōkyō Yakyū Club (大日本東京野球倶楽部 1934-1935), Tōkyō Kyojingun (東京巨人軍 1936-1946), Tōkyō Yomiuri Kyojingun (Yomiuri Giants 1947-2002), Yomiuri Kyojingun (Yomiuri Giants 2002-)|
|Colors||Orange, white and black|
|Logo Design||Intertwined "Y" and "G" in orange on a black field|
The Yomiuri Giants (読売ジャイアンツ Yomiuri Jaiantsu?) are one of the popular Central League baseball teams based at the Tokyo Dome in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan. The team is often called the "Tokyo Giants" in the American press, but like the Hanshin Tigers and Orix Buffaloes, the team is officially known by the name of its corporate owner rather than the name of the city it plays in. The team's owner is the Yomiuri Group, a media conglomerate which includes two newspapers and a television network. They are regarded as "The New York Yankees of Japan" due to their dominance of the league.
The Giants are the oldest professional team in Japan. They won nine Japanese Baseball League titles before the establishment of the two league system in 1950. Starting in 1965, the Giants won nine consecutive Central League pennants and Japan Series titles, in large part because of the hitting of Shigeo Nagashima and Sadaharu Oh. The last Giants pennant was in 2002. The Yomiuri Giants have won more pennants and Japan Series titles than any other team.
The team is often referred by fans and in news headlines and tables simply as Kyojin (巨人), Japanese for "Giants", instead of the usual corporate owner's name or the English nickname.
Players of noteEdit
- # 2 Makoto Kosaka (小坂誠) - SS
- # 6 Hiroki Kokubo (小久保裕紀) - 3B
- # 7 Tomohiro Nioka (二岡智宏) - SS
- # 8 Toshihisa Nishi (仁志敏久) - 2B
- # 9 Takayuki Shimizu (清水隆行) - OF
- #10 Shinnosuke Abe (阿部慎之助) - C
- #11 Yuya Kubo (久保裕也) - P
- #17 Hisanori Takahashi (高橋尚成) - P
- #18 Masumi Kuwata (桑田真澄) - P
- #19 Koji Uehara (上原浩治) - P
- #21 Hiroshi Kisanuki (木佐貫洋) - P
- #24 Yoshinobu Takahashi (高橋由伸) - OF
- #29 Yukinaga Maeda (前田幸長) - P
- #30 Masanori Hayashi (林昌範) - P
- #33 Lee Seung-Yeop (李承燁)
- #42 Jeremy Powell - P
- #47 Kimiyasu Kudo (工藤公康) - P
- #58 Takuya Kimura (木村拓也) - OF
- #97 [[Image:Template:Country flag alias TWN|22x20px]] Chien-Ming Chiang (姜建銘) - P
- # Jesse Barfield
- # Phil Bradley
- # Keith Comstock
- # Warren Cromartie
- # Mariano Duncan
- # Suguru Egawa (江川卓)
- # Balvino Galvez
- # Dan Gladden
- # Gary Glover - P
- # Bill Gullickson
- # Tatsunori Hara (原辰徳)
- # Isao Harimoto (張本勲)
- # Tatsuro Hirooka (広岡達郎)
- # Tsuneo Horiuchi (堀内恒夫)
- # Gabe Kapler
- # Tetsuharu Kawakami (川上哲治)
- # Norihiro Komada (駒田徳広)
- # Davey Johnson
- # Chris Latham
- # Shane Mack
- # Hiromi Makihara (槙原寛己)
- # Hideki Matsui (松井秀喜)
- # Shigeo Nagashima (長嶋茂雄)
- # Kiyoshi Nakahata (中畑清)
- # Hiromitsu Ochiai (落合博満)
- # [[Image:Template:Country flag alias TWN|22x20px]] Sadaharu Oh (王貞治)
- # Hideki Okajima
- # Roberto Petagine
- # Tuffy Rhodes
- # Masaki Saito (斎藤雅樹)
- # Eiji Sawamura (沢村栄治) , 
- # Kazunori Shinozuka (篠塚和典)
- # Reggie Smith
- # [[Image:Template:Country flag alias RUS|22x20px]] Victor Starffin 
- # John Wasdin
- # Roy White
- # Clyde Wright
- # Wally Kaname Yonamine (与那嶺 要)
- # 1 [[Image:Template:Country flag alias TWN|22x20px]] Sadaharu Oh (王貞治)
- # 3 Shigeo Nagashima (長嶋茂雄)
- # 4 Toshio Kurosawa (黒沢俊夫)
- #14 Eiji Sawamura (沢村栄治)
- #16 Tetsuharu Kawakami (川上哲治)
- #34 Masaichi Kaneda (金田正一)
The Giants as "Japan's team" Edit
Due to the Yomiuri company's vast influence in Japan as a major media conglomerate, the Giants are successfully marketed to the Japanese people as "Japan's Team." Often, when asked who their favorite team is, a Japanese person will reportedly reply, "I'm Japanese, therefore I like the Giants." In fact, for some years the Giants' uniforms had "Tokyo" on the jersey instead of "Yomiuri" or "Giants," seeming to imply that the Giants represent the vast metropolis and geopolitical center of Japan, even though the Yakult Swallows are also based in Tokyo and three other teams play in the Greater Tokyo Area. This bandwagon appeal has been compared with the marketing of the New York Yankees or Manchester United to their fan bases. However, fans of other professional baseball teams in Japan are often openly derisive and contemptuous of the Giants' bandwagon marketing tactics.
It has also long been alleged that the Giants rely on underhanded tactics to recruit the best players, involving bribes to players and amateur coaches, or using their influence on the governing council of Japanese professional baseball to pass rules that favors their recruiting efforts. This may be one explanation for the Giants' abundance of success in league play.
- Yomiuri Giants name and uniforms were based on the New York (now San Francisco) Giants. The teams colors (orange and black) are the same colors worn by the National League's Giants, both in New York and San Francisco. The stylized lettering on the team's jerseys and caps is similar to the fancy lettering used by the Giants when they played in New York in the 1930s, although during the 1970s the Giants modernized their lettering to follow the style worn by the American Giants.
- The Giants' main rivalry is with the Hanshin Tigers, a team especially popular in the Kansai region.
- It has been said because of the lengthy MLBPA strike in the United States, and because of Japanese lore of the meaning of 60th anniversaries, the 1994 60th Anniversary Yomiuri Giants were the luckiest team in professional baseball. Many journalists called the 1994 team the World Champions of Professional Baseball.
- Contact information: Yomiuri Giants, Takebashi 3-3 Building, 3-3 Kanda Nishiki-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8462