Kawashima and Hidaka Traded to Hawks

On Sunday the Swallows and Hawks announced a four player trade which will send INF Keizo Kawashima and LHF Ryo Hidaka to the Hawks and RHP Nagisa Arakaki and RHP Hiroshi Yamanaka to the Swallows. The deal was made official today as both teams introduced their new players in press conferences. Kawashima, who was on […]

Jul 14th 2014, @ Yomiuri

July 14th, 2014 Tokyo Swallows 12 Yomiuri Giants 1 Streak: Won 1    Last 5: LLLLW (Tokyo Dome) After getting swept by the BayStars at home for the first time in 14 years, your birds were clearly a little upset. And they decided to take their frustrations out on local bully, Yomiuri. Funnily enough, the […]

Jul 25th 2013, vs Hanshin

July 25th, 2013 Hanshin Tigers  1 Tokyo Swallows 11 Streak: Won 1   Last 5: LLLLW (Jingu Stadium) Winning feels good. I highly recommend it. The Swallows break their five game losing streak and win in convincing fashion against rookie phenom Fujinami and the Hashin Tigers. In a 180 degree reversal from laast night’s game […]

Tokyo Swallows Factoids

Here are a few things that you might not remember about the players currently on the Tokyo roster: In Fukuchi’s first year with the Swallows (2008), he hit .320/.366/.449. Keizo Kawashima stole 20 bags in his first year with the team (2008) while only getting caught once. However, in 2009 he stole eight but got […]

Player News: Tokyo backup INF Araki out with ankle fracture

As if things weren’t already bad enough on the injury front, Tokyo has at least one new headache to deal with. It was reported in the Chunichi Sports online paper that second year infielder, Takahiro Araki, sustained a fractured left ankle during practice. He will miss all future 2011 games. We covered this a bit […]

Tokyo Swallows under the knife

The Tokyo Swallows put out a two sentence blurb (Japanese text) on their website today stating that Keizo Kawashima will not be on the bench for the playoffs as he had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow yesterday. Keizo had surgery at a hospital in Gunma Prefecture, and the team predicts that it will take about […]

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 […]

8/11/11 – Hiroshima (Away)

August 10th, 2011 Tokyo Swallows 3 Hiroshima Carp 4 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LLLWL (Mazda Stadium) The Swallows were not able to ride the momentum from last night’s victory, as they fell 4-3 to the Carp in Hiroshima. The lineup was tweaked slightly by getting Keizo Kawashima’s hot bat into the lineup and giving […]

7/30/11 – Yomiuri (Home)

July 30th, 2011 Yomiuri Giants 2 Tokyo Swallows 2 Streak: Tied 1  Last 5: LWLWD (Meiji Jingu Stadium) After gritty pitching win last night, the Swallows looked to take the series win against the Giants at Jingu.  With Miyamoto taking a rest day the Swallows start Keizo at short and move Kawabata to third. Furthermore, […]

Artistic Swallows (and the new Shiroishi)

Now, if you’re reading this expecting some kind of new high-brow niche in adult entertainment from Japan, please accept my apologies and look elsewhere. This here be about baseball. Just as it did last year, the new Swallows Official Goods Catalogue popped through my letterbox this last week, goading me to waste yet more money […]