Archives for December 2011

Around the Central League: December 28, 2011

Happy holidays everyone! Hope that everyone out there has had a chance to spend some time with loved ones. This is the first of what will likely be an on-again, off-again column detailing what’s going on with Tokyo’s competition in the Central League. Chunichi Dragons Morimichi Takagi took over as Chunichi’s new coach following the […]

Lastings Milledge

Bio Born April 5th, 1985 in Bradenton, Florida, Lastings Darnell Milledge was a standout baseball player from a young age and hit the national stage in elementary school when he helped his Little League team, Manatee East, reach the finals of the national tournament in 1997. Manatee East lost in the finals when Milledge was […]

OF Lastings Milledge signed with the Tokyo Swallows?

This hasn’t been picked up by anyone on this side of the Pacific yet, but a number of sources are claiming that outfielder Lastings Milledge signed with the Tokyo Swallows all the way back on the 7th of December. CBS has already updated his profile with the information, and Patrick over at NPB Tracker reported […]

Norichika Aoki updates — December 23rd, 2011

Just a few nuggets of info on Aoki for all of his fans, old and new, on both sides of the Pacific: For folks in Milwaukee, and any other people around the world who want to know how to pronounce his name in laymen’s IPA, it’s ‘Noh-Ree-Chee-Kah Ah-Oh-Kee‘. And none of the syllables in his […]

Takatsu and Guiel in the news

Some recent news tidbits about two former Tokyo players: Shingo Takatsu (1991-2003; 2006-07) 43-year-old Takatsu will become player-manager of the BC League’s Niigata Albirex Baseball Club. It is the first time that a player-manager has been named in BC League history. The one-time Japan saves leader (until Iwase eclipsed his mark earlier this year) will […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 05 (December 2011)

We’re back! It’s been a while since our last audio edition, but David and Christopher sat down again on a Sunday afternoon to make fun of each other a little bit and talk about everything that has happened since the Central League playoffs kicked off at Meiji Jingu Stadium at the end of October. After […]

Tokyo confirms $2.5 million Aoki bid

Norichika Aoki (29), Tokyo’s decorated center fielder, will now have 30 days to negotiate with the team that recently bid the highest through the posting system. The winning bid, which was immediately accepted by Tokyo, was $2.5 million. The name of the winning team, which has exclusive negotiating rights, has not been divulged. The bidding […]

2012 Preseason/Exhibition Game Schedule

Nippon Pro Baseball posted the schedule for next spring’s exhibition games. The first game of the exhibition schedule is on February 18th, a full week ahead of when Tokyo starts mixing games against other pro teams in with its routine of (mostly) intra-squad scrimmages. There are 108 preseason games to be played by the 12 […]

Tony Barnette

Bio Tony was born in Anchorage, Alaska on November 9th, 1983. He played high school baseball at Thomas Jefferson High School under coach Chad Fahnlander before heading to Central Arizona College for two years of Junior College baseball. He then moved on to the Pacific 10 Conference where he played two more years of college […]

Swallows post Aoki

Aoki was posted by the Tokyo Swallows today. MLB teams will be able to submit bids as soon as it is officially announced that Aoki is available through the posting system. A four-day window will then follow in which teams can submit their bids. If no bids are submitted during that time, then Aoki will […]