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 […]

Thank Yu, and Good luck Mr. Darvish!

As most of the baseball world has been made aware, the Texas Rangers won the exclusive rights to speak with Mr. Darvish in December 2011. Until this week, there really had not been much discussion about the discussions. Granted in the US, the sportsworld is fully engulfed by the NFL and college football. Now that all the […]

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 […]

Igarashi testing MLB waters

It was reported that Ryota Igarashi, long-time set-up and closer out of the Tokyo bullpen, will be spending the winter training in the United States as he works through the process of signing with a team there. A couple of teams have apparently