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.

Jul 2nd 2015, vs Hanshin

Yamanaka held the Tigers to a single run.

July 2nd, 2015 Hanshin Tigers 1 Tokyo Swallows 10 Streak: Won 4 Last 5: LWWWW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Yamanaka and the Swallows’ offense managed to pull off total victory to get the team to .500, and to the top of the table (WTF?). Nomi was the pitcher standing in the way of the Swallows and […]

Jun 25th 2015, @ Chunichi

Furuno got to 4-0 on five innings of work.

June 25th, 2015 Tokyo Swallows 7 Chunichi Dragons 3 Streak: Won 3   Last 5: LLWWW (Nagoya Dome) I’m not one to make bold predictions but prior to this season I publicly proclaimed that the Swallows would finish ahead of the Dragons this year. But after the Swallows’ fall from the top of the CL […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 27 (June, 2015)


Dave and Kozo powered through a podcast in central Tokyo as Chris did some humanitarian work in Tohoku. Content Overview Swallows recap since the last podcast. Historical Swallows losing streaks. The Mitch Dening signing. Positive streaks. Interleague. Post-Interleague CL team-by-team analysis. Notable Swallows players. Swallows that need to pick it up. All-Star voting. Tsubakuro. Upcoming […]

Jun 12th 2015, @ Saitama

Seibu Lions Logo

June 12th, 2015 Tokyo Swallows 9 Saitama Seibu Lions 4 Streak: Won 1   Last 5: WWWLW (Seibu Prince Dome) Hirofumi Yamanaka made his first start for the Swallows since being acquired in a trade last season. Yamanaka was facing fellow submariner Makita in a matchup that commentators were calling the battle of the submariners. […]

Jun 11th 2015, @ Orix

Orix Bs

June 11th, 2015 Tokyo Swallows 1 Orix Buffaloes 3 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WWWWL (Kyocera Dome) The Swallows were one win away from getting back to .500, getting a 5 game winning streak, and sweeping the Buffaloes as an away team. The last boss was Brandon Dickson, arguably the best pitcher the PL […]

Jun 6th 2015, vs Chiba

The Hatake-Dening-Imanami trio kept delivering.

June 6th, 2015 Chiba Lotte Marines 4 Tokyo Swallows 9 Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWLLW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) After getting game 1 rained out the Swallows prevailed in a seesaw game thanks to the trio of Hatake, Dening, and Imanami. The Hatake-Dening-Imanami trio kept delivering. After the Marines took the lead in the second […]

Jun 5th 2015, vs Chiba

June 5th, 2015 Chiba Lotte Marines Tokyo Swallows Streak: Lost 2  Last 5: WLWLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows-Marines game got rained out. Miwa slid the bases as he does. The teams will attempt to open the series tomorrow. (Masanori) Ishikawa is slated to start against (Ayumu) Ishikawa. Tonight’s scheduled starter, Ogawa is likely to […]

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 […]