About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. 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.

Jul 22nd 2014, vs Hiroshima

Good on Ueda for making clutch plays in center. Yet I still want to call this one "Ueda Runs in the Wall".

July 22nd, 2014 Hiroshima Carp 7 Tokyo Swallows 4 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WLLWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Yagi got a quality start and the Swallows offence managed to overcome an early deficit but late-game fireworks by the Carp put away the Swallows in extra innings. The game started with a ten pitch at bat between Dobayashi […]

Kawashima and Hidaka Traded to Hawks

Say hello to the newest Swallows, Arakaki (L) and Yamanaka (R).

On Sunday the Swallows and Hawks announced a four player trade which will send INF Keizo Kawshima and LHF Ryo Hidaka to the Hawks and RHP Nagisa Arakaki and RHP Hiroshi Yamanaka to the Swallows. The deal was made official today as both teams introduced their new players in press conferences. Kawashima, who was on […]

Monday Bullets #14 (Pre All Star Edition)

The location of the soon-to-be-opened Tsubakuro shop.

Monday Bullets is a feature in which Tsubamegun writers (mostly Kozo) gather random news, thoughts, images, movies, etc. during the week and publish them for off day consumption. The Swallows limp into the 4 day All Star break. As per Tsubamegun policy we’re not going to cover the All Star games, so this will be […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 21 (July, 2014)

dhhc

The first half of the season is in the books, and Dave Chris, and Kozo come together to talk about it. Apologies for the sound quality in the last couple of episodes, we were picking up way too much background noise. We finally figured out the cause of the issue and we’re delivering episode #21 […]

Jul 10th 2014, vs Chunichi

Haunted Doala

July 10th, 2014 Chunichi Dragons 7 Tokyo Swallows 4 Streak: Lost 2   Last 5: LWWLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) After last night’s steady downpour game the Swallows were treated to intermittent light rain with a couple  of game stopping bursts of heavy rain. The result was a game that was sure to go the full […]

July 9th 2014, vs Chunichi

An actual shot from tonight's telecast. If you look closely you'll see a happy Dragons fan.

July 9th, 2014 Chunichi Dragons 5 Tokyo Swallows 0 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: LLWWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows decided to go ahead an play in steady rain, and somehow managed to play just enough baseball to make the result stick. Unfortunately the result was a quick loss that ironically probably would’ve gotten […]

Monday Bullets #13 (The Halfway Edition)

Coming Back Soon?

Monday Bullets is a feature in which Tsubamegun writers (mostly Kozo) gather random news, thoughts, images, movies, etc. during the week and publish them for off day consumption. The Swallows are exactly halfway through the 144 game season with a 30-40-2 record. The simple math puts the team at a 60-80-4 record for the year […]

Jul 3rd 2014, @ Hanshin [Cancelled]

Rainout

July 3rd, 2014 Tokyo Swallows Hanshin Tigers Streak: Lost 3  Last 5: LWLLL (Koshien Stadium) Yet another rain cancellation for the Swallows. The game was called relatively early. (Around 14:50.) This was the ninth time the Swallows have had a game cancelled by rain this season. The Swallows will now head to Hiroshima for a […]

Monday Bullets #12 (The Very Short Edition)

Akita Komachi Stadium uses very small tarps.

Monday Bullets is a feature in which Tsubamegun writers (mostly Kozo) gather random news, thoughts, images, movies, etc. during the week and publish them for off day consumption. A very short set of bullets this week as only one game got played since the last one. Wladimir Balentien got voted onto the All Star team […]

Monday Bullets #11 (The Post-Interleague Edition)

Tolkuya, a stoner's dream mascot.

Monday Bullets is a feature in which Tsubamegun writers (mostly Kozo) gather random news, thoughts, images, movies, etc. during the week and publish them for off day consumption. Rain has conspired to push this week’s Monday Bullets (which probably should be renamed to Off-day Bullets) to Thursday. The slow annual slog called Interleague has ended […]