TS Podcast After Hours #05 – Crafting a 28-Man Roster

TS-AH-LogoDan and I got out our inner general manager and tried to come up with a 28-man roster for the Swallows to open the season. The exercise help highlight the team’s overall strengths and weaknesses and the difficulties of getting our favorite players playing time. The Swallows submitted their opening day roster to the league yesterday and you can compare our predictions/wishes to the final roster. The actual roster along with my commentary can be found at the bottom of this post. As usual, this episode features intro music arranged by Tsubamegun’s own Dave Watkins.

Show Notes

  • Introductions (0:13)
  • Follow Up
    • Stadium Food (1:15)
    • Comment from LT (3:58)
  • Opening Day Roster Predictions/Wishes
    • Ground Rules (4:38)
    • Offensive Starters (6:41)
    • Rotation (11:23)
    • Bullpen (15:25)
    • Bench (20:50)
    • Further Discussion (25:37)
  • Closing Remarks (30:55)

Dan and Kozo's Opening Day Roster Predictions/Wishes

  KozoDan
1CNakamuraNakamura
21BHatakeyamaHatakeyama
32BYamadaYamada
43BKawabataKawabata
5SSOhbikiOhbiki
6LFBalentienBalentien
7RFYuheiYuhei
8CFSakaguchiSakaguchi
9SP1OgawaOgawa
10SP2IshikawaIshikawa
11SP3DaviesTateyama
12SP4TateyamaNaruse
13SP5SugiuraDavies
14SUAkiyoshiPerez
15SUKyukoAkiyoshi
16CPOndrusekOndrusek
17BenchMoriokaHiroyasu
18BenchUedaImanami
19BenchNishidaNishida
20BenchHiroyasuHiyane
21BenchImanamiUeda
22BenchArakiMorioka
23BenchHiyaneAraki
24BenchJ. HaraKyuko
25BenchPerezLueke Terada
26BenchTokuyamaTokuyama
27BenchIwahashiFuruno
28BenchTeradaNakazawa

Follow Up

The Swallows submitted the following 26 players to the league as their opening roster. Obviously the team’s opening day roster serves a slightly different purpose than ours. The team will likely add their fourth and fifth starters to fill the two open spots just prior to the game. This helps defer the Lueke/Perez decision until Kyle Davies actually needs to start. Our offensive predictions were mostly on the mark, although we obviously couldn’t predict the Balentien injury which is probably why Ugumori made the final roster. Imanami’s inclusion was ultimately not a big surprise as he started to get playing time in exhibition games right after our recording. Our bullpen reads look off but ultimately we’ll have to see how the starting rotation pans out. We obviously read too much into seeing Terada and Iwahashi’s name in the exhibition game boxscores.

2016 Swallows Opening Day Roster

PositionName
CNishida
CNakamura
INFYamada
INFOhbiki
INFNishiura
INFKawabata
INFH. Tanaka
INFMorioka
INFAraki
INFHatakeyama
INFImanami
OFHiyane
OFYuhei
OFSakaguchi
OFUeda
OFUgumori
PPerez
PAkiyoshi
PSugiura
PIshikawa
PKyuko
POgawa
PFuruno
PLueke
POndresek
PTokuyama
About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.