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.

Apr 17th 2014, vs Yomiuri

Mathieson made Coco look silly.

April 17th, 2013 Yomiuri Giants 5 Tokyo Swallows 3 Streak: Lost 2  Last 5: LWWLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Don’t let the score fool you, it wasn’t that close. After a game in which the entire offense contributed to claw back from numerous deficits, the Swallows bats looked lethargic and the only looked close because of […]

Apr 16th 2014, vs Yomiuri

That's not very Canadian.

April 16th, 2013 Yomiuri Giants 9 Tokyo Swallows 8 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WLWWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) It was an emotionally draining night as the Swallows showed a lot of fight but ultimately couldn’t come away with the win. The Birds managed to come back from deficits on three separate occasions in the game […]

Monday Bullets #1

Photo of the Week

Some of you may remember a regular column we ran called the Monday Review in which we filled the weekly NPB off day with in depth analysis of the week that was, and preview the week that was to be. Then real life hit us and it became difficult to spend the necessary time to […]

Apr 10th 2014, @ Chunichi

We need more of this...

April 10th, 2014  Tokyo Swallows 6 Chunichi Dragons 8 Streak: Lost 4  Last 5: WLLLL (Nagoya Dome) The Swallows came into tonight’s game still looking for their first road win of the season. On the mound for the Swallows was my new man-crush Masato “LGRTR” Furuno, because if Ogawa is the only starter worth believing […]

Apr 3rd 2014, @ Hiroshima [Called Game]


April 3rd, 2014 Tokyo Swallows 0 Hiroshima Carp 2 Streak: Lost 3    Last 5: WLLL (Mazda Zooooom Zoooooom Stadium) Someone in the Carp front office thought it was a good idea to start tonight’s game in rainy conditions. Luckily for the Swallows the umpires decided to call the game before Nakazawa got tagged with […]

Apr 2nd 2014, @ Hiroshima

Osera debuts for the Carp

April 2nd, 2014 Tokyo Swallows 3 Hiroshima Carp 4  Streak: Lost 3    Last 5: WLLL (Mazda Zooooom Zoooooom Stadium) We are ONLY four games into the season yet flashbacks to the 2013 campaign are already flashing through my head and clouding my objectivity. Today’s game featured a pitching matchup between rookie Daichi Osera and […]

Swallows acquire INF Takahiro Imanami from the Fighters

New Swallow Takahiro Imanami

In a bit of a surprise move, the Swallows announced a trade with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters this morning. The trade will send RHP Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi to Hokkaido in return for INF Takahiro Imanami. After getting drafted out of high school in the 2006 draft, Masubuchi wallowed as a spot starter for the first […]

Off-Season Player Transactions and Analysis

Here are your 2014 Tokyo Yakult Swallows!

All of us at Tsubamegun want to wish you all a happy new year! Training camp for the 2014 season has opened and it’s time to evaluate where the team stands in 2014. After much off-season fanfare about the Swallows being the landing spot for a big free agent, the Swallows ultimately struck out on […]

2013 Swallows’ Draft Recap

Ogawa outdrew SoftBank for the rights to Toshihiro Sugiura.

On October 24th, the NPB conducted it’s annual draft. As we wrote in our draft preview, the Swallows had gone into the draft with public interest in Yuki Matsui and Daichi Osera. After all the initial picks had been announced, the Swallows found themselves in competition with the Hiroshima Carp and Hanshin Tigers for the […]

2013 NPB Draft Preview

2013 Draft Logo

On Thursday evening officials from the 12 NPB teams will gather to pick the next generation of pro baseball players. The Swallows will be looking to replicate the success of last year’s draft in which they picked many immediate contributors. The rules of the draft have not changed since our comprehensive summary on the topic […]