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. […]

Takatsu and Guiel in the news

Some recent news tidbits about two former Tokyo players: Shingo Takatsu (1991-2003; 2006-07) 43-year-old Takatsu will become player-manager of the BC League’s Niigata Albirex Baseball Club. It is the first time that a player-manager has been named in BC League history. The one-time Japan saves leader (until Iwase eclipsed his mark earlier this year) will […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 03 (September, 2011)

Hosts David Watkins and Christopher Pellegrini summarize the ups and downs of September and preview what is to come in the tight Central League pennant race between the Tokyo Swallows and the Chunichi Dragons. Episode three was recorded just a few hours prior to last night’s game against the Hiroshima Carp. Dave and Christopher also […]

The Monday Review #16

Welcome to the Monday Review, in which we’ll look back at the week that was and look ahead to the week that will be. We hope a recurring weekly review column will help readers identify some trends that can’t be covered in a single game report. We’re still trying to work out the format, so […]

Guiel Announces Retirement

As first pointed out to us by one of our three favorite Canadians, Simon Currie, one of our other three favorite Canadians, Aaron Guiel, has announced that he will retire at the end of season. Guiel, long a fan-favorite, played in only eleven games this season. His numbers belie the positive impact he’s had on […]

8/26/11 Hanshin (Away)

August 26th, 2011 Tokyo Swallows 4 Hanshin Tigers 9 Streak: Lost 2    Last 5: WWDLL (Koshien)   As Tokyo drowns in torrential downpour, the Tigers return to Koshien and show their fans a good time at the expense of Tokyo. Line-ups  Yakult  Aoki  CF  Tanaka  2B  Kawabata  SS  Hatakeyama  1B  Balentein  RF  Miyamoto  3B […]

8/24/11 – Chunichi (Home)

August 24th, 2011 Chunichi Dragons 6 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6  Streak:  Tied 1   Last 5:  LLWWD (Jingu Stadium) Our guys like to keep ’em close. Tonight was one to convert the infidels: Scoring right off the bat and a close game all the way to accompany the half-price beer. It’s also, as Tsubamegun regulars […]

The Monday Review #14

Welcome to the Monday Review, in which we’ll look back at the week that was and look ahead to the week that will be. We hope a recurring weekly review column will help readers identify some trends that can’t be covered in a single game report. We’re still trying to work out the format, so […]

7/19/10 – Yomiuri (Away)

July 19th, 2010 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 8 Yomiuri Giants 14 Streak: Lost 3   Last 5: WWLLL (Tokyo Dome) The Swallows dropped another one, and suffered their second big inning in as many days, as cross-town rivals, Yomiuri, returned to winning ways after being beaten in dramatic fashion by Yokohama last night. Tonight’s lineup: 1. […]

7/18/10 – Hanshin (Home)

July 18th, 2010 Hanshin Tigers 11 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4 Streak: Lost 2   Last 5: WWWLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Yoshinori was his same annoyingly inconsistent self to start things off today. Randy Messenger, on the other hand, looked sharp for Hanshin. He needs to quit that chewing tobacco habit though. Starting lineup: 1. Aoki […]