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.

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 42 (October, 2017)

Dave, Chris, and Kozo get together around microphones in western Tokyo to lick the wounds from a historically bad season, possibly for the last time ever. Among the topics covered in this episode Kozo’s shoutout to the Alvark. Who’s 42? How historically bad was this season? Manaka’s exit Ogawa and assorted coaching changes Dave, Chris, […]

October 3rd, 2017 vs. Yomiuri

October 3rd, 2017 Yomiuri Giants 10 Tokyo Swallows 6 Streak: Lost 5 Last 5: LLWLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows’ finale was a fitting end to the 2017 season. A loss. Both teams came into the game with nothing to play for and the Giants elected to sit their fossils (Abe and Murata) and their […]

Sept 26th 2017, @ Yomiuri

September 26th, 2017 Tokyo Swallows 0 Yomiuri Giants 3 (Tokyo Stain Dome) Streak: Lost 6 Last 5: LLLLL Iwahashi made his second career start, a rematch of his first start, but the second time wasn’t the charm because he’s on the 2017 Swallows. While Iwahashi still threw crisp pitches the Giants were clearly more patient this […]

Sept 25th 2017, vs. Yomiuri

September 25th, 2017 Yomiuri Giants 6 Tokyo Swallows 5 Streak: Lost 5 Last 5: LLLLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) One GLORIOUS inning by the offense was not enough as the Swallows pitching let things slip away. Preston Guilmet was trying to make it three quality starts in a row and make a case to stay for […]

Sept 18th, 2017 @ Yokohama

September 18th, 2017 Tokyo Swallows 2 Yokohama Baystars 4 Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LWLWL (Yokohama Stadium) Once again, the Swallows failed to win two in a row and wasted a decent start from David Buchanan. After their dramatic championship-delaying come-from-behind victory in Hiroshima, the Swallows were looking to ride the momentum to their first […]

Sept 17th, 2017 @ Hiroshima [Cancelled]

September 17th, 2017 Tokyo Swallows Hiroshima Carp Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLWLW (Mazda Stadium) As predicted the typhoon hit Hiroshima bringing strong winds and rain to the city. The game was cancelled early in the day. The Swallows will travel to Yokohama to face the BayStars tomorrow, while the Carp will attempt to clinch […]

Sept 16th, 2017 @ Hiroshima

September 16th, 2017 Tokyo Swallows 5 Hiroshima Carp 4 Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLWLW (Mazda Stadium) With the city of Hiroshima poised for an easy win and a pennant, the Swallows managed to play spoiler. I made a decision in March lead me to actually be in attendance for this game. The Carp sell […]

Sept 12th, 2017 vs. Chunichi

September 12th, 2017 Chunichi Dragons 1 Tokyo Swallows 2 Streak: Lost 2         Last 5: WLWLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Ishikawa dropped his 11th straight decision and lasted just three innings. Meanwhile the Swallows offense weren’t able to get anything from veteran Daisuke Yamai.  

Sept 8th 2017, @ Yomiuri

September 8th, 2017 Tokyo Swallows 1 Yomiuri Giants 4 (Tokyo Stain Dome) Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LLLWL Coming into the game everything about tonight’s game screamed Giants blowout. Sawamura-candidate Sugano, who had only allowed a single run in three games against the Swallows this year, was set to start against fourth year southpaw Iwahashi […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 41 (September, 2017)

Dave, Chris, and Kozo come off of their summer vacations to discuss the state of the Swallows. Topics covered include: Dave confuses the boys about the lineage of number 41 CL standing overview How bad is this season historically? Manaka and the manager situation Kawabata injury update Coco and his future with the team Memorable […]