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 […]

Jun 6th 2013, vs Tohoku

June 6th, 2013 Tohoko Golden Eagles 9 Tokyo Swallows 5 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LWLWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows once again fail to start a winning streak as they fall to the Eagles at home. Tonight’s loss comes courtesy of some bad fielding, and some untimely lapses in pitching. Ishikawa started the game […]

6/14/11 – Tohoku (Away)

June 14th, 2011 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 1 Streak: Won 2 Last 5: WLLWW (Kleenex Stadium Miyagi) The Swallows managed to keep the good times going with another win against the Eagles. Things looked a little hairy for Akagawa off the start as the young pitcher gave up back-toback 2 out […]

5/28/12 – Tohoku (Home)

May 28th, 2012 Tohoku Eagles 7 Tokyo Swallows 1 (Meiji Jingu Baseball Stadium) Okay ladies and gentlemen, let’s take stock of the last few games shall we? Are you ready? Then let’s begin. Count along with me: Yes, if my counting skills are not too rusty, I make that nine. Nine losses on the trot. […]

2012 Interleague Preview: Part 2

In this edition of the Interleague Preview I will take a quick look at our next 2 opponents in Interleague play. Saitama Seibu Lions: Having just written up our team’s fifth loss in a row in Interleague play, I’m not sure it it’s wise to take any PL team lightly. So it’s probably a good […]

Tokyo Swallows Off-Season Updates: February 22, 2012

Tsubamegun got one hell of a shout out from fellow Japanese baseball watcher, NPB Tracker. Thanks, Patrick! Tokyo batting coach, Takao Ise, has been selected as one of the six coaches representing the nation as part of this year’s Samurai Japan team. One coach was selected from each of the top three teams in the Central […]

Around the Central League: January 7, 2011

Chunichi Dragons Mr. Takagi, the Dragons’ energetic and cuddly new manager, wants fans to touch his butt if they win the Central League Pennant in 2012. Yomiuri Giants In preparation for the upcoming season, Utsumi and several of his teammates went shopping in Guam. According to this report compiled by Yakyu Baka, Yomiuri will likely […]

RHP Hashimoto traded to Tohoku Rakuten for OF Kusuki

As of 2PM on Monday this bit of news still hasn’t been reported by either Tokyo or Tohoku’s websites, but it appears that 32 year old RHP Yoshitaka Hashimoto is being sent to Tohoku in exchange for 27 year old OF Yusuke Kusuki. Hashimoto made 17 appearances for the Swallows in 2011 and had a […]

Pitcher Ryo Kawashima sent to Tohoku Eagles in cash trade

30 year old RHP and 2004 Central League Rookie-of-the-Year Ryo Kawashima has been traded to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for an undisclosed amount according to the team’s Japanese-language website. After an outstanding rookie season in 2004 in which Kawashima tallied an impressive 10-4 record and 3.17 ERA, Kawashima put together another strong year in […]

6/6/11 – Tohoku (Home)

June 6th, 2011 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 4 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 5 Streak: Won 3   Last 5: WLWWW (Meiji Jingu Baseball Stadium)   Poor Rakuten. Poor, poor Rakuten. Tohoku: 1. Teppei (RF) 2. Hijirisawa (CF) 3. Matsui (SS) 4. Yamasaki (1B) 5. Nakamura (LF) 6. Takasu (2B) 7. Kusano (3B) 8. Nakatani (C) 9. […]