Tokyo Swallows Podcast 17 (October, 2013)

Your Tokyo Swallows put together their best month or so of yakyu…but they still finished in last place.

In this podcast, the last of the dismal 2013 campaign, David, Kozo, and Christopher attempt to make sense of it all.

Included in the volley:

  • Is Jingu Stadium going to get torn down?
  • Who is blameless?
  • How will/should Tokyo honor Balentien’s record-setting 60 home runs?
  • Who’s in?
  • Who’s out?
  • Should Ogawa-kantoku stay?
  • Why was the stadium so crowded this year?
  • Who’s going to start in 2014?


As always, thank you tons for listening.

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Intro and outro bookends mixed by David Watkins.

Audio tuning by Auphonic.


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

  • TokyoGarMan

    I was really surprised, and kind of sad, to hear that you guys don’t like Jingu Stadium.

  • TokyoGarMan

    oops… I had meant to “delete” that comment. It seems that Disqus keeps the comment under the generic tag of “guest”, so I’ll go ahead and reclaim it, lol. However, I am sorry for having posted it. You guys obviously put a lot of hard work and passion into this site and podcast. The last thing you want to read is a negative, cavalier comment mere hours after you put the podcast up! I’ve said it here before: I really enjoy the site, and the podcasts. I wish there were more of them!. You guys seem to be having a lot of fun doing them! The “tearing down of Jingu” issue is one that my wife and I are definitely over-sensitive about, so I’m sure I misjudged the spirit in which the comments in the podcast were intended. Jingu may be a dump, but it’s our dump. And we can all agree that it’s the best place to watch a game in Tokyo! Thanks again for all you do!

    • What Kozo said exactly.

      Also, don’t apologise for disagreeing with us, about this or any other topic. No need at all!

      I think we’ll go into more detail about the topic in the closed season TSP sometime early next year.

  • Kozo

    I think I speak for all of us when I say we do like going to Jingu and watching games there, and that Jingu is the best NPB stadium to catch a game in the greater Tokyo area. That being said, we think that being the best in greater Tokyo is a fairly low bar and the Swallows stadium experience can be greatly improved and sticking to the status quo for sentimental reasons ultimately holds back progress.

    I should also note that our “tear down Jingu” comments assume that the rebuilt stadium would actually be a better stadium for the team and the fans. Given the way things operate and the differences in opinion between us and the people who actually make these decisions, I can see how a rebuilt stadium would actually be a worse stadium experience. In other words, we’d be willing to tear down and rebuild Jingu in a heartbeat if we could make the major planning decisions. But obviously we’re not going to blindly favor of a tear down of Jingu and can see many ways in which that may go wrong. But while the talks are still in the nebulous realm of rumor where the sky’s the limit, we’ll gladly dream big and talk about knocking down and rebuilding Jingu.

    I realize we don’t really elaborate too much of what we’d like to see in a new stadium, and maybe that’ll be a topic for an offseason podcast.

  • Kozo

    Shout out to Kentaro Kyuko who deserved mention as a player that improved in the second half. Kyuko only allowed 2 runs (1 earned) in 26 appearances since returning to the club in the beginning of August.

  • Ryo Uchida

    Thanks guys for this. Really enjoyed it. Great points about Ogawa as well. His manager skills are lacking in some degrees, but compared to his counterparts in the NPB, he seems like a really likable, nice guy, and the players seem to like him (including the imports) as well, so I would like to see him stick around. However… I think I have said this before, but I really got tired of his favoritism, especially Hatakeyama. It was mostly Fludge’s own fault he became such a target of hatred for most fans at Jingu, but I think Ogawa played into that as well.

  • Ryo Uchida

    So they announced the coaching staff for next season today.

    One dude that sticks out like a sore thumb is Shiroishi.
    Why the hell is he still on the top team???

    Also, I guess keeping it in the family is cool in all, but maybe some new blood might help this team…. hmmm… Trey Hillman is available now, but…..

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