Tokyo Swallows Podcast 02 (Aug. 2011)

Holy crap. August was a terrible month for the Tokyo Swallows, and TS Podcast hosts Dave Watkins and Christopher Pellegrini get back together to talk about what went wrong and apologize for the inaccuracy of some of the things that they said and wrote during that hideous month of doom.

In case you missed it, don’t forget to check out our first podcast that was released at the beginning of August.

Both podcasts can also be found on iTunes, where you can also subscribe in order to ensure you never miss out on an episode.

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About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini

  • Takatsu played for the Sinon Bulls in the CPBL last year as well, making him the only pitcher to record saves in the four biggest pro leagues: NPB, MLB, KBO, and CPBL.

    • Saola80

      fuck your mother  Tokyo Yakult Swallows

      Fuck with Yokohama BayStars

      • Saola80

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  • Kozo

    Aoki’s OBP as of yesterday was .353. So I don’t think it was .312 on Saturday. While certainly not his usual .400+, it’s still good for 4th in the CL in this deadball season.

    • I think you just found my first ‘gomennasai’ for the next podcast.

      I mistakenly gave Tanaka’s OBP when citing Aoki’s numbers. As of Saturday morning (through 104 games), these are the numbers that we had:

      Aoki – .287 / .354 / .341
      Tanaka – .257 / .312 / .310

      And for all you Aoki-lovers out there, here are a few more tidbits for you (yes, I’m trying to make up for mixing up the stats earlier):

      Of Aoki’s 122 hits so far in 2011, he’s hit the most off of Yomiuri’s Sawamura (7) and Hiroshima’s Aoki (5). He’s hitting .438 and .556 against those two pitchers, respectively.

      As for pitcher’s that are completely dominating Aoki this season, top honors goes to Hanshin’s Kubo. Aoki is 0-14 against him this season. Also of note, Aoki is only hitting .118 against Yomiuri’s Tohno (2-17) and .154 against Hiroshima’s Maeda and Hanshin’s Messenger (2-13 against both pitchers).

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  • Okawari Phil

    Cool. You still have the ‘plinky-plonky’ Swallows Tokyo Ondo song as you theme tune.
    Welcome back.
    Okawari Phil


      Thanks for listening again sir.

  • Okawari Phil

    I’m about 20lbs overweight so I might be 66% of your listenership!
    I’ve just finished listening to the first two podcasts. They certainly make my commute home less boring, if for no other reason than people are staring at me for tunelessly whistling Tokyo Ondo?
    Is Wladimir Balentien still at Jingu? I know of him ’cause I follow Honkbal and I’m a bit of a closet Mariners fan.

    • Wladimir is still starting for the Swallows after making the All-Star squad in his first season in Japan.

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  • Okawari Phil

    Bedankt mijn vriend.

    I like Aaron Guiel too ‘cause I’m a ¼ Cannuck on my mother’s side.

    Okawari Phil

  • Shapiroadamj

    My 11 year old son is obsessed with the Tokyo Swallows, and your podcast was the very first thing he download onto his new iPod. He listened to the first 3 episodes back-to-back. He found them very interesting and funny. Thanks for entertaining him so much.

    • Wow! We’re honoured and you’re very welcome! Thank’s for sharing that with us.

      And may I commend your son on his fine taste in baseball teams (and podcasts….?!)