A Taste of Spring Training

**Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Mac. A long-time friend of the Tsubamegun, Mac is the founder of Maction Planet, a bespoke travel and unique apparel provider in Tokyo. Check out their baseball tours here.** The less said about today’s 7-0 defeat by Rakuten the better, but there were a couple of interesting things […]

Swallows sign OF Jae-Hoon Ha

The Swallows held a press conference today to formally announce the signing of 25 year-old Korean outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha. The team assigned Ha number 00, last worn by Keizo Kawashima, and it appears the team will refer to him by his given name Jae-Hoon. Ha was signed from the independent Shikoku Island League plus’ Tokushima […]

TS Podcast After Hours #05 – Crafting a 28-Man Roster

Dan and I got out our inner general manager and tried to come up with a 28-man roster for the Swallows to open the season. The exercise help highlight the team’s overall strengths and weaknesses and the difficulties of getting our favorite players playing time. The Swallows submitted their opening day roster to the league […]

The Action Figure You Never Knew You Wanted Is Coming…

The Swallows and Bandai’s S.h. Figuarts announced the details of the upcoming Tsubakuro action figure. Bandai and the Swallows will begin taking orders on February 28 at 9:06 (Get it? 2896?). The actual figure will ship in late August. The 6,480 yen figure will let you model Tsubakuro in any number of ways to truly […]

2015 Swallows’ Draft Recap

We usually post this recap shortly after the draft but this year the calendar year has already changed and all our draftees are already in spring camp giving me a bit more insight into how the team views its latest picks. But the 2015 draft was memorable not just for the players the team took […]

We’re Facing the Giants!

In case your only NPB news source is our site, and you don’t follow our social media. We thought you should know that the Giants beat the Tigers 2 games to 1 in the Climax Series first stage and they’ll be traveling down the Sobu line to face the Swallows at Jingu in the CL […]

Swallows agree to terms with Mitch Dening

The Swallows announced they have agreed to terms with 26 year old Australian outfielder Mitch Dening. Dening has spent the last two years playing for the Niigata Albirex of the independent BC League. Dening is a former Red Sox prospect who never made it past AA. Dening also played for the Australian national team in […]

Opening Days Through Tsubamegun History

We here at Tsubamegun started writing game reports part way through the 2008 season. Since then, we haven’t missed an official game. (Would you believe we actually covered pre-season games in 2009?) Tomorrow, Opening Day 2015, will mark our our seventh Opening Day and our eighth overall season of covering the Swallows. Looking back at […]

Explaining Some Free Agency Rules

This offseason has been busy for the Swallows so far, and no matter what happens a few more players are likely to move to/from the Swallows. Since free agency arrived to NPB in 1993, the Swallows have signed only two free agents Ryoji Aikawa in 2008 and Atsushi Fujimoto in 2009. This off-season the Swallows […]

2014 Swallows’ Draft Recap

Representatives of the twelve NPB teams got together on October 23rd to draft the next generation of pro baseball players. The Swallows came into the night with their name being mentioned in conjunction with RHP Tomohiro Anraku of Saibi High School in Ehime, and RHP Kohei Arihara of Waseda University. Anraku was the star of […]