2014 Swallows’ Draft Recap

Representatives of the twelve NPB teams got together on October 23rd to draft the next generation of pro baseball players. The Swallows came into the night with their name being mentioned in conjunction with RHP Tomohiro Anraku of Saibi High School in Ehime, and RHP Kohei Arihara of Waseda University. Anraku was the star of […]

2013 Swallows’ Draft Recap

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 […]

2010 Draft Recap

The 2010 NPB draft took place on October 28th, as planned. Unfortunately not a lot else went as planned for the Swallows. As expected the Swallows threw their hat into the Yuki Saito sweepstakes. They were joined by the Nippon Ham Fighters, the Chiba Lotte Marines, and the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. Our manager Ogawa, armed […]

2010 NPB Draft Preview: How Does the NPB Draft Work?

With the 2010 NPB Draft fast approaching, Tsubamegun will be presenting a number of articles filling you in on how the draft works and which players the Swallows may be eying. Part 1 of this series will explain the mechanics of the NPB draft. The 2010 NPB draft will be held on October 28 at […]

Pro Clubs to Bar Draft-dodgers from Returning to Japan

For years now, fans, reporters, and officials of Japanese professional baseball have been fretting over the damage – real and potential – that the globalization of the sport is doing to Japan’s professional clubs. While fans on both sides of the Pacific have been pleased to see the success of Nomo, Ichiro, Matsui, Matsuzaka, Okajima, […]