Tsubamegun January 2012 Opinion Poll Results

Miyamoto won the vote for who Tsubamegun want to see playing third.

We posted a poll on the 25th asking you some general questions about the state of affairs with the team. Aoki’s gone, and there are some question marks hanging over the team as spring camp gets under way down in Urasoe, Okinawa.

We here at Tsubamegun tend to see these question marks as opportunities, and the majority of respondents to the poll seemed to agree with us. Not a single voter had the team finishing the 2012 season any lower than fourth place in the Central League.

There were 25 complete responses to the poll, and for your perusal we have laid out the numbers in an easily digestible format.

1. Do you approve of Tokyo’s decision to post Aoki at the end of 2011?


2. Who do you want to get the most starts at third base for the Tokyo Swallows this season?

Shinya Miyamoto1352%
Tetsuto Yamada312%
Shingo Kawabata312%
Kazuhiro Hatakeyama28%
Ryosuke Morioka14%
Takahiro Araki00%

3. Who do you want to get the most starts at center for the Tokyo Swallows this season?

Tsuyoshi Ueda1456%
Yasushi Iihara312%
Kazuki Fukuchi14%
Yuichi Matsumoto14%

4. With the players currently under contract, do you believe that Tokyo can make up for the loss of Aoki’s defense and his 2011 slash line of .292/.358/.360?


5. Do you think that the front office made enough moves during the off-season to bolster the starting rotation and bullpen?


6. What place to you think the Tokyo Swallows will finish the 2012 regular season in?

Central League Champions728%
2nd place624%
3rd place624%
4th place624%
5th place00%
6th place00%


Interesting responses although not entirely unexpected. Even though it’s an exceedingly small sample size, feel free to offer your interpretations in the comments section below.


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

  • Anonymous

    Indeed a small sample size, but for me the most interesting stats are that the majority of voters believe that we a) can not make up for the loss of Aoki and b) we have not done enough close season business to bolster our ranks, yet the majority of voters think we will finish the season equalling last seasons 2nd placed finish, or even winning the damn thing!

    Ahhhh, I love the insatiable pre-season optimism!!  It’s what being a fan is all about.

    At this time of year, I choose to believe that Milledge will hit several hundred home runs, that Miyamoto’s age will gradually start to decrease again and that Balentien will not fluff a single catch all season.  Bring it on!!

  • I found it slightly disturbing that a couple of people wanted to see Hatakeyama at third this year. But other than that, I was glad that everyone is so upbeat about the 2012 campaign. After all, things just seem to keep going right with Ogawa at the helm.

    Hmmm. I feel a “Wishful Thinking” post coming on.