Tokyo Swallows Snapshot: May 1st, 2012

Something to read while looking for inspiration. Website Updates Apologies for the delay, but we finally set up a game schedule up on the front page. We didn’t have one on there last season due to space limitations, but we think that you’ll find this year’s solution to be a workable one. Scroll down to […]

Tokyo Swallows Off-Season Updates: March 23rd, 2012

Swallows Present As mentioned in our most recent podcast, Balentien could start the year on the top team. Because he’s starting to show some life at the plate, mixed with Roman’s continued stability on the mound, and abetted by Lim’s tender throwing arm, Tokyo’s well-paid closer could start the year on the farm instead. Yet […]

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 […]

Tokyo Swallows Off-Season Updates: February 1st, 2012

Spring camp started for the top team in Okinawa today. Here’s a list of the players that were invited. The Swallows’ Japanese website has a handy schedule that will give you a light peak into what’s ahead for the team. The top team camp has only four officially-scheduled days off, and camp concludes on February 28th. […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 05 (December 2011)

We’re back! It’s been a while since our last audio edition, but David and Christopher sat down again on a Sunday afternoon to make fun of each other a little bit and talk about everything that has happened since the Central League playoffs kicked off at Meiji Jingu Stadium at the end of October. After […]

4/13/11 – Yomiuri (Away)

April 13th, 2011 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 0 Yomiuri Giants 3 Streak: Lost 2   Last 5: LL (Kita-Kyushu) Tokyo failed to heat up any more than the breeze blowing through Kits-Kyushu as they dropped another game to their cross-town rivals, matching them for hits, but bringing no one home in a fairly quick, but uneventful […]

2008 Japan MVP and Best Nine

Know what’s a heartbreaker? Seeing the Central League MVP and Best Nine announcements and seeing that a third of the Best Nine, the MVP, and the best pitcher in the CL are all Giants, then realizing that that would be true of the Swallows had Tokyo been willing to pay a bit and offer multi-year […]

11/9/08 – Japan Series – Saitama vs. Yomiuri – Game 7

November 9th, 2008 Saitama Seibu Lions 3 Yomiuri Giants 2 (Tokyo Dome) The Saitama Seibu Lions came back from an 0-2 deficit to defeat the Yomiuri Giants in the deciding game seven of the 2008 Japan Series Championship. It was Saitama’s first Japan Series championship since 2004 when it beat the Chunichi Dragons in seven […]

11/4/08 – Japan Series – Saitama vs. Yomiuri – Game 3

November 4th, 2008 Yomiuri Giants 6 Saitama Seibu Lions 4 (Seibu Dome) Saitama starter (and former Tokyo ace), Kazuhisa Ishii (7.50 ERA), took the mound for his first appearance in the Japan Series since 2001 and hoped to continue the good form he displayed during the Climax Series.

11/2/08 – Japan Series – Saitama vs. Yomiuri – Game 2

November 2nd, 2008 Saitama Seibu Lions 2 Yomiuri Giants 3 (Tokyo Dome) A 9th inning sayonara homer from Alex Ramerez was the difference as Yomiuri evened the 2008 Japan Series at one game a piece.