A Taste of Spring Training

**Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Mac. A long-time friend of the Tsubamegun, Mac is the founder of Maction Planet, a bespoke travel and unique apparel provider in Tokyo. Check out their baseball tours here.** The less said about today’s 7-0 defeat by Rakuten the better, but there were a couple of interesting things […]

Tokyo Swallows Off-Season Updates: March 23rd, 2012

Swallows Present As mentioned in our most recent podcast, Balentien could start the year on the top team. Because he’s starting to show some life at the plate, mixed with Roman’s continued stability on the mound, and abetted by Lim’s tender throwing arm, Tokyo’s well-paid closer could start the year on the farm instead. Yet […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 07 (March, 2012)

We’re back with fresh intro/outro bookend music (care of Dave’s handiwork) and our prognostications about the 2012 NPB season! With less than two weeks to go until opening day (Friday March 30th, 6PM, Tokyo Dome), we run through where we think the 12 NPB teams will finish the season with extra-special emphasis placed on your […]

Spring Training News: Ishii Out, Nakazawa Impresses

Our beloved Hirotoshi Ishii, who many hope will experience a resurgence this season, hit a major stumbling block when he cut the hell out of the big toe on his right foot while working out in the pool. As Dave recently noted, Ishii has been out of action for several years and will hopefully be […]

3/14/09 — Hiroshima (away)

March 14th, 2009 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 0 Hiroshima Toyo Carp 1 Streak: Lost 1     Last 5: LLLWL (Hiroshima Stadium) Hye-cheon Lee started this one for the birds and only gave up one run off of four hits in five innings, but he still came away with the loss because he didn’t get any […]

3/11/09 — Softbank (home)

March 11th, 2009 SoftBank Hawks 2 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7 Streak: Won 1     Last 5: WLLLW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Tokyo finally got one back in the win column today. Yohsinori had a great day on the mound, and the Tokyo bats were a little bit more reliable than they had been over the […]

3/10/09 — Softbank (home)

March 10th, 2009 SoftBank Hawks 10 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3 Streak: Lost 3     Last 5: LWLLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The bats were a bit anemic again today. Tokyo managed only six hits, two better than the game yesterday versus Hanshin. The birds got waxed early and often. Tokyo newbie pitcher (read: straight out of […]

3/08/09 — Hanshin (away)

March 8th, 2009 Tokyo Swallows 0 Hanshin Tigers 5 Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: WLWLL (Kurashiki) Tokyo managed only two hits in this affair, two of which were courtesy of the underrated Noguchi’s bat.

3/7/09 — Orix (away)

March 7th, 2009 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4 Orix Buffaloes  6 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WWLWL (Kyocera Dome) Tokyo played catch-up the entire game today. With Tateyama on the mound for the birds, Orix plated two runs in the bottom of the second. Tateyama pitched four innings with just the two runs surrendered (four […]