Archives for November 2011

Miyamoto and Aoki earn Best Nine honors

Tokyo third baseman, Shinya Miyamoto, and center fielder, Norichika Aoki, were voted into the Central League’s best nine today. Miyamoto earned the award for the first time in his 17-year career while it was the seventh time that Aoki has been voted in during his eight seasons as a pro. This comes just after both […]

Tokyo sign RHP Tatsuo Kinoshita

After agreeing to basic terms with three new players the day before, the Swallows announced on Friday that they had added another pitcher to the mix in the form of 23 year-old RHP, Tatsuo Kinoshita. He actually turns 24 tomorrow (Nov. 28th). Originally from Aichi Prefecture, Kinoshita was selected in the 2005 high school draft by […]

Tokyo Swallows sign three new players

Yakyu Baka reported back at the beginning of October, and Kozo Ota relayed the same information here, that eight players are not having their contracts extended for the 2012 season. Well, the Swallows reported on Thursday that they’ve basically filled three of those slots with a pair of out-of-contract players and another from the independent […]

2011 Fan Appreciation Day – Dec 4th

A commemorative Aoki exhibition has been added to the festivities for this year’s Fan Appreciation Day. Housed in the 3rd base camera well, the artifacts on display will include assorted awards such as a Best Nine trophy and memorabilia from the 2009 WBC. The Aoki exhibit is in addition to all of the other stuff […]

2012 Tokyo Swallows Coaching Staff

Tokyo’s Japanese language website announced next year’s coaching staff yesterday. The top team is the same cast of characters as last year. Top Team   The farm team has seen a few changes though. Farm Team  

Miyamoto and Aoki win Golden Gloves

Shinya Miyamoto, Tokyo’s veteran infielder and now 41 years of age, was voted the best defensive third baseman in the Central League this season. It was the third time that he has won the honor in as many seasons. That is, of course, in addition to the six Golden Gloves he had previously won at […]

2012 Game Schedule

Get your calendar ready. NPB posted a preliminary schedule recently, and it looks like the Swallows will begin the 2012 season with a three-game away series at Tokyo Dome against crosstown rival, Yomiuri. That series will be played the weekend of March 30th through April 1st. No word on start times for any of the […]

Kawamoto and Kyuko undergo surgery

Tokyo’s Japanese-language website reported that catcher Ryouhei Kawamoto had successful surgery to repair ligament damage in his right ankle on the 17th of this month. It is projected that he will require up to two months to heal completely. Rookie pitcher, Kentaro Kyuko, also had surgery recently. On Monday November 21st, Kyuko had surgery on […]

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 […]

Norichika Aoki

Bio Norichika Aoki hails from Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan, and is one of the most-loved players on the Tokyo Swallows roster. After helping Waseda University win the Tokyo Big6 Championships four semesters in a row, Aoki was drafted fourth by Tokyo in the first round of the 2003 draft. The outfielder didn’t see much first team […]