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.

May 29th 2015, vs Fukuoka


May 29th, 2014 Tokyo Swallows 4 Fukuoka Hawks 7 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WLTWL (Fukuoka Yahuoku Dome) The Swallows traveled down to Fukuoka to play in the Fukuoka Dome which was renovated in the past offseason to bring in the outfield fences to encourage more home runs. That plan worked and the Hawks’ […]

May 28th 2015, vs Hokkaido

Nippon Ham Fighters logo

May 28th, 2015 Hokkaido Fighters 4 Tokyo Swallows 7 Streak: Won 1   Last 5: WWLTW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) After a merciless beating followed by a hard fought tie, the pendulum finally swung fully to the Swallows side and the Swallows got a (relatively) easy win against the Fighters to end the season series 1-1-1. […]

Swallows agree to terms with Mitch Dening

The Swallows announced they have agreed to terms with 26 year old Australian outfielder Mitch Dening. Dening has spent the last two years playing for the Niigata Albirex of the independent BC League. Dening is a former Red Sox prospect who never made it past AA. Dening also played for the Australian national team in […]

May 21st 2015, vs Yokohama


May 21st, 2015 Yokohama BayStars 3 Tokyo Swallows 4 Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWWLW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) What’s with Swallows-BayStar games that go long? The Swallows managed to break the BayStars’ 8 series win streak by taking the rubber match after 4:24 of hard fought baseball. The sayonara hero for the night was Hatake, […]

May 14th 2015, vs Hanshin

Hatake photo courtesy of M.

May 14th, 2015 Hanshin Tigers 4 Tokyo Swallows 1 Streak: Lost 7 Last 7: LLLLLLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) It finally happened… After dropping their seventh straight game, the Swallows are now officially playing SIXTH PLACE BASEBALL!!!!!!!!! There’s not much else to say. Oh! But Hatake hit a solo homer in the second to extend his […]

May 5th 2015, @ Yokohama

New Baystars Logo 2012

May 5th, 2015 Tokyo Swallows 4 Yokohama BayStars 5 Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: WLWLL (Yokohama Stadium) Naruse couldn’t quite finish his start strong, and the Swallows handed Daisuke Miura a milestone. The Swallows shook up their roster a bit and called up Nishiura, Jun Matsui, and Imanami to the top team. Matsui and Nishiura […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 26 (April, 2015)

The team's new found cohesion illustrated.

Dave, Chris, and Kozo reviewed the first month of the season. This podcast was recorded just prior to the Swallows’ April 25th game against the Giants. It seems some line noise got into the recording but hopefully it’s not too distracting. Apologies from the producer. Content Overview: Status check of the last promises/bets made during […]

May 4th 2015, @ Yokohama

New Baystars Logo 2012

May 4th, 2015 Tokyo Swallows 1 Yokohama BayStars 6 Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LWLWL (Yokohama Stadium) The last time the Swallows faced Yasutomo Kubo in Yokohama Stadium, the Swallows dominated the BayStars on both sides of the ball. This time the tables were turned and the BayStars owned the Swallows.  The BayStars peppered Yagi […]

May 1st, 2015 vs. Hiroshima

Ogawa stopped the Swallows' losing streak.

May 1st, 2015 Hiroshima Carp  4 Tokyo Swallows 5 Streak: Won 1   Last 5: LLLLW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows took advantage of their home field advantage to beat Hiroki Kuroda and the last place Carp. The Swallows got to face Hiroki Kuroda in arguably his first start back in Japan at a hitter’s park […]

Apr 30th 2015, @ Hanshin

Yamada and Takeuchi collided on a defensive play in the seventh.

April 30th, 2015 Tokyo Swallows 1 Hanshin Tigers 5 Streak: Lost 4   Last 5: WLLLL (Koshien Stadium) The Swallows got swept for the first time this season as they wasted yet another quality start from Arakaki. The hot-hitting Hatakeyama literally got too hot to start as he spiked a fever earlier in the day. […]