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.

Apr 28th 2016, vs. Hiroshima

April 28th, 2016 Hiroshima Carp 4 Tokyo Swallows 6 Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WLLLW (Jingu Stadium) Arakaki made his first start of 2016 while rookie Okada came into the game looking to notch his first pro win. While Arakaki didn’t have the hottest start he was able to hang on to give the Swallows […]

Apr 24th 2016, @ Chunichi

April 24th, 2016 Tokyo Swallows 3 Chunichi Dragons 5 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LWLWL (Nagoya Dome) Juri Hara came into the day looking to get his first career win. He managed to pitch arguably his best game of his young pro career, but it was undone by Josh Lueke’s first wobble of the season. […]

Apr 21st 2016, @ Hanshin [Game Cancelled]

Apr 21st, 2016 Tokyo Swallows Hanshin Tigers Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WWWLW (Kurashiki Muscat Stadium)  The rubber match of the Swallows-Tigers series was called due to rain two hours before the scheduled first pitch. The team’s mini-trip into Okayama will be for naught as the game will be made up at Koshien later in […]

Apr 14th 2016, vs Yomiuri

April 14th, 2016 Yomiuri Giants 4 Tokyo Swallows 6 Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLWLW (Meiji Jingu Stadium)  All’s well that ends well. Ogawa ended up having his worst start of the season but the offense and bullpen had a good night and the Swallows triumphed over the Giants in a see-saw game. Ogawa gave […]

April 1st 2016, vs. Chunichi

April 1st, 2016 Chunichi Dragons 1 Tokyo Swallows 4 Streak: Won 1     Last 5: LLWDW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Yasuhiro Ogawa gave the bullpen the night off after last night’s five hour marathon. Ogawa pitched the Swallows first complete game of the season and the offense got enough timely hits against Ohno to get […]

Mar 26th 2016, @ Yomiuri

March 26th, 2016 Tokyo Swallows 5 Yomiuri Giants  10 Last 5: (LWL) LL  Streak: Lost 2 (Tokyo Stain Dome) The Swallows played hardcore sixth-place baseball™ for six innings before finally remembering that they were CL champions. Ultimately the revelation came too late as the team gifted Takahashi Yoshinobjob his first series win as a manager. The […]

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

Dan 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 […]

TS Podcast After Hours #04 – Stadiums

A few years ago we caused a minor kerfuffle when we suggested on a podcast that Jingu should be torn down. Dave and Chris followed up a bit on the next podcast and elucidated some of Jingu Stadium’s issues. Fast forward two years and Dan and I try to suss out the qualities we’d want […]

The Action Figure You Never Knew You Wanted Is Coming…

The Swallows and Bandai’s S.h. Figuarts announced the details of the upcoming Tsubakuro action figure. Bandai and the Swallows will begin taking orders on February 28 at 9:06 (Get it? 2896?). The actual figure will ship in late August. The 6,480 yen figure will let you model Tsubakuro in any number of ways to truly […]

TS Podcast After Hours #03 – Reviewing Past Drafts

Dan and I go through the Swallows’ last seven drafts to review who has been drafted and how it’s turned out for the team. We discuss the roster dynamics at play in Japanese baseball and evaluate each draft class according to its performance and discuss the potential for further performance. Hopefully this walk through memory […]