Archives for May 2010

Kozo’s Monthly Roundup: May

Monthly Roundup is a new series in which I hope to look back on a month of Swallows baseball and make various observations and comments. How We Got There: The Swallows came into the month of May on a 5 game losing streak, with an overall record of 11-17-1. Things weren’t looking good, but we […]

Aoki’s dismal May numbers

While D’Antona and Guiel have been scapegoated by the team, on-air commentators, and media as the main reason why the birds weren’t winning, I had a creeping suspicion that others in the lineup were equally deserving of criticism. And even though I had no numbers to back up my suspicions, I couldn’t help but notice […]

5/30/10 – Orix (Away)

May 30th, 2010 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1 Orix Buffaloes 3 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: LLDWL (Skymark Stadium) Tokyo ended a 10-game winless skid last night when the bats finally came alive and Ishikawa got his long-awaited first win of the season. But today saw the team revert back to regularly scheduled programming. This […]

5/29/10 – Orix (Away)

May 29th, 2010 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 11 Orix Buffaloes 4 Streak: Won 1   Last 5: LLLLW (Kyocera Dome) This was a very good evening for Tokyo indeed. They won their first game of the post-Takada era as their bats exploded into life to end their rotten losing streak. Plus Masanori Ishikawa finally got his […]

Who is Junji Ogawa?

You may be asking yourself, who is this man managing the Swallows right now? A quick Google search of his name in English reveals nothing but articles on Takada’s stepping aside. A Japanese Google search doesn’t reveal too much more than rehashes of his Wikipedia entry, but for those of you who don’t read Japanese, […]

5/27/10 – Tohoku (Home)

June 27th, 2010 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3 Streak: Tied 1   Last 5: LLLLD (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Welcome to the first game of the post-Takada era. Glass is half-full version: Tokyo didn’t lose. Starting lineup: 1. Tanaka 2B 2. Ueda LF 3. Aoki CF 4. D’Antona 1B 5. Guiel RF […]

Breaking News: Takada Finally Steps Aside!!!

After a bit of a false alarm this morning, Tokyo Swallows’ manager Shiegru Takada has finally stepped aside. The Mainichi is reporting that after tonight’s game against Tohoku, Takada announced to the press that he would be taking a leave of absence. Takada is quoted as saying that he wanted to take responsibility for the […]

5/26/10 – Tohoku (Home)

May 26th, 2010 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2 Streak: Lost 9   Last 5: LLLLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) After last Saturday’s debacle at Chiba, Tokyo had to pick themselves up off the floor and try to soldier on, despite today’s devastating news that Takada hadn’t resigned after all (Takada Count: 9). […]

Breaking News: Takada Resignation Rumors Abound!

Several Japanese news sources are reporting that current Swallows manager Shigeru Takada has decided to resign. It is being reported that he made his decision yesterday, and that he will be informing team management today. Takada apparently offered his resignation to management on the 20th, but it was not accepted at the time. No formal […]

D’Antona, Guiel, and Aoki stats through 45 games

Gen over at Yakyu Baka has put together a phenomenal, stats-laden post that compares the 2009 and 2010 production of Tokyo’s cleanup–Aoki, D’Antona, and Guiel. The results don’t exactly jive with what the team and the media are saying about these guys. Most Japanese baseball aficionados won’t find it surprising that D’Antona and Guiel particularly […]