Archives for June 2008

Takatsu is Now a Pioneering Hero

Former Tokyo great Shingo Takatsu has picked up his first save for the Woori Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization, making him the first player to notch saves in NPB, MLB, and KBO. (HT to NPB Tracker for being the first, that we’ve seen, to report it in English.)

Iwamura 3-game Suspension for June 5th Brawl

Tampa Bay Devil Rays second baseman, and former Tokyo Yakult Swallows slugger, Akinori Iwamura, had his appeal to reduce the severity of his three-game suspension rejected. He will sit out the rest of the series versus the Pittsburgh Pirates and the first game of the Boston Red Sox series that is scheduled for Monday.

6/29/08 – Hanshin ("Home" at Akita)

June 29th, 2008 Hanshin Tigers 4 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 9 Streak: Won 1. Last 5: LWWLW (“Home” game at Akita) Yakult battled to a good win against Hanshin on Sunday afternoon, helped by the J and K of the Tigers relief trio JFK giving up 5 runs between them, to allow the Swallows to break […]

6/28/08 – Hanshin ("Home" at Akita)

June 28th, 2008 Hanshin Tigers 7 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2 Streak: Lost 1. Last 5: WLWWL (“Home” game at Akita) The Swallows resumed their Central League program with a hammering at the hands of league leaders Hanshin on Saturday night.

Rios Suspended for Doping

Daniel Rios, a pitcher that Tokyo Yakult brought in from Korea to fill the very large gap in the starting rotation left by Seth Greisinger (currently 6-6, 4.20 ERA with Yomiuri), has received a one-year suspension for doping. The suspension is in effect until June 27th, 2009. Rios was dropped from the first team on […]

New Free Agency Rules

Chris Pellegrini and I started fairly regularly attending games together in the 2004 season. Like many other fans, we set out to watch a ballgame and instead engaged in a series of lamentations on the future of the sport punctuated by sudden cheers or exasperated sighs, maybe even a rendition or two of “Tokyo Ondo” […]

Mr. Watkins's Secret Past

No baseball. Lots of work. Here’s a throwaway post to tide everyone over. When I first met our own David Watkins in the stands at Jingu, I was impressed at the breadth and depth of his baseball knowledge, not to mention his enthusiasm for the game. After all, baseball has about the fan base of […]

TYS Interleague Games 2008 – The Review

Well, this year’s Interleague schedule, which pitted Yakult against the boys from the (stronger) Pacific League for a month or so, is now over. So how did we fare? Erm, not so well. The Swallows finished 9th out of the NPB’s 12 teams. The PL teams as a whole beat the CL teams 73 games […]

6/23/08 – Orix (Home)

June 23rd, 2008  (rearranged game from Sunday 22nd which was rained-out) Orix Buffaloes  3  Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4 Streak: Won 2. Last 5: WWLWW (Meiji Jingu Stadium)    Shinichi Takeuchi was the 10th inning hero for the Swallows, getting a sayonara hit to win Tokyo’s final Interleague game of 2008.

Welcome Wilson

New Yakult aquisition Wilson Antonio Valdez made a promising start to his Swallows career in his debut for the Tokyo team on a rainy evening in Jingu Stadium.