Archives for February 2012

Milestone Countdown: Kyohei Muranaka

Although arguably not as noteworthy as the first installment in this series, 24-year-old LHP, Kyohei Muranaka, is high on our list of players we’d like to see do well in 2012. And he’s got a small personal milestone within his grasp that we’d be very happy to see him reach–500 career strikeouts. After an injury-shortened 2011, […]

Tokyo Swallows off-season updates: February 27, 2012

Tokyo Swallows Wladimir Balentien is having some right elbow issues and hasn’t been able to practice at 100%. It seems like Ogawa is starting to get a little impatient (link in Japanese). Balentien didn’t play in Tokyo’s pre-season game against Hanshin on Saturday. Tokyo beat Hokkaido 3-0 in a practice game on Thursday February 23rd. […]

Around the Central League: February 24, 2012

Chunichi Dragons Kenshin Kawakami, Chunichi’s u-turn starter, apparently married an American citizen while working in the US. Victor Diaz signed a one-year deal. Yomiuri Giants The Giants put a clown suit on KBO’s Hanwha Eagles beating them 14-0 on Thursday. Hanshin Tigers Matt Murton joined spring camp on February 8th. His delayed return to Japan […]

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 […]

Tokyo Swallows Factoids

Here are a few things that you might not remember about the players currently on the Tokyo roster: In Fukuchi’s first year with the Swallows (2008), he hit .320/.366/.449. Keizo Kawashima stole 20 bags in his first year with the team (2008) while only getting caught once. However, in 2009 he stole eight but got […]

Trivia: double-digit steals and doubles

The first two installments of Tsubamegun’s trivia column were a bit on the nasty side, so we have one here for you that’s a bit more pedestrian. There are five players currently on the roster that have stolen at least 10 bases and collected at least 10 doubles in the same season. Can you name […]

Milestone Countdown: Shinya Miyamoto

Shinya Miyamoto and his teammates have been busy with spring camp for the past two weeks, so we thought it might be nice to profile some of the Tokyo players that are within shouting distance of significant milestones this season. We’ve thought for quite some time that Miyamoto would begin regressing at any moment, but […]

NPB Top Prospects

For information purposes, and of course discussion, I have translated the first half of a list ranking the top 40 prospects in NPB as per this rather new site. Note that Tokyo has two prospects in the top 20. 1. Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh (Yokohama – INF) 2. Takahiro Fujioka (Chiba – LHP)* 3. Yuki Kuniyoshi (Yokohama – […]

Tokyo Swallows Off-Season Updates: February 10, 2012

Top team players have the day off today, and the following is a small selection of some of the news coming out of Urasoe (Okinawa) since our last roundup on February 1st: Atsushi Fujimoto suffered a calf strain during practice on the 6th and will be taking it easy for the next few weeks. Hitoshi Yamamoto […]

Around the Central League: February 9, 2012

Chunichi Dragons Signed reliever Jorge Sosa to a one year deal. Sosa has a 4.72 ERA through 294 big league appearances. Yomiuri Giants NPB Tracker thinks the Giants should be legitimate contenders this year. Hanshin Tigers Kubo and Hirano finally re-signed. The team shaved 40 million yen off of Kubo’s salary and tacked 30 of […]