2012 Fan Appreciation Day Preview

Tomorrow is Labour Thanksgiving Day in Japan, and with many people getting the day off the Swallows will be holding their annual Fan Appreciation Day at Jingu. The annual event gives the team a chance to shill its sponsors, look back on the previous season, and give players a chance to be a bit goofy. […]

10/06/12 – Hiroshima (Home)

October 6th, 2012 Hiroshima Carp 4 Tokyo Swallows 2 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WLWWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The stretch of tune up games continued tonight in Jingu as the Swallows faced the Carp. Earlier in the day news hit that Ryuji Miyade would be hanging up his cleats at the conclusion of this […]

9/21/12 – Yomiuri (Away)

September 21st, 2012 Tokyo Swallows 4 Yomiuri Giants 6 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WWWWL (Tokyo Dome) I want to be remain thankful and happy that the birds swept the last two series at a time when they really needed to. But no, it’s hard to be grateful when you drop the game that ensures […]

9/14/12 – Yokohama (Home)

September 14th, 2012 Yokohama BayStars 2 Tokyo Swallows 6 Streak: Won 1 Last 5: DWWLW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) For the first night of the series, the Birds have broken the spell that the DeNA Merlins had on them. Let’s hope that this continues as we need to work some hocus-pocus on the rest of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

2010 Off-Season Player Transaction Summary

UPDATED: January 13, 2011 Since the end of the season, the Swallows have lost some players through cuts and retirement, the team has also gained some players through free agency and the draft. The team also managed to keep Chang-Yong Lim by resigning him to a lucrative contract. We have covered some of these moves, […]

3/7/09 — Orix (away)

March 7th, 2009 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4 Orix Buffaloes  6 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WWLWL (Kyocera Dome) Tokyo played catch-up the entire game today. With Tateyama on the mound for the birds, Orix plated two runs in the bottom of the second. Tateyama pitched four innings with just the two runs surrendered (four […]

2/28/09 – Chunichi (Away)

February 28th, 2009 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6 Chunichi Dragons 3 Streak: Won 1 Last 5: W (Chatan) The NPB pre-season games kicked off today, and not a moment too soon for many of us! Tokyo’s first game of the pre-season schedule, which stretches until March 29th, was against the Chunichi Dragons. As is often the […]