Explaining Some Free Agency Rules

This offseason has been busy for the Swallows so far, and no matter what happens a few more players are likely to move to/from the Swallows. Since free agency arrived to NPB in 1993, the Swallows have signed only two free agents Ryoji Aikawa in 2008 and Atsushi Fujimoto in 2009. This off-season the Swallows […]

New Free Agency Rules

Chris Pellegrini and I started fairly regularly attending games together in the 2004 season. Like many other fans, we set out to watch a ballgame and instead engaged in a series of lamentations on the future of the sport punctuated by sudden cheers or exasperated sighs, maybe even a rendition or two of “Tokyo Ondo” […]