Shiomi ran the thirty-meter in 3.85 seconds during rookie workouts at Toda Stadium on January 16, 2018.0 Comments
Murakami was drafted as a catcher, but the Yakult Swallows are planning to convert him to a third baseman.0 Comments
The Yakult Swallows will become the latest team to add the Trackman system to their home stadium. Seven NPB teams, including Rakuten, Softbank, Yomiuri, and Yokohama, have already started using the system. Hanshin, Chunichi, and Lotte are expected to begin using the system this season.
Source: Sanspo 1/6/20180 Comments
Yuhei used a bat that weighed 890 grams in 2017. He started experimenting with other bats after he suffered a fractured hamate in his right wrist in late June. One of the bats he tried that he liked was a Norichika Aoki bat that weighed 910 grams. He plans to use the Aoki bat in 2018.
Source: Nikkan Sports 1/1/20180 Comments
The Yakult Swallows are planning to update and about double the size of the cafeteria in their clubhouse next to Jingu Stadium. The renovations are set to be complete before opening day.
Up until this season, the cafeteria was usually stocked with light meals that included sandwiches and rice balls after games. The renovated cafeteria will be able to serve better balanced meals. The hope is to improve general player health.0 Comments
The Yakult Swallows announced on December 20 that they reached an agreement with thirty-three-year-old pitcher David Huff. He was assigned the uniform number 45. The Swallows are thinking about using Huff as a starter. They are also open to using him as a closer if their options struggle.
According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a one-year contract worth an estimated 1.3 million US dollars plus incentives.
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The Yakult Swallows are planning to send a trainer to Arizona for about about two weeks in January to study up on the latest training techniques. The Swallows are also planning to have Naruki Terashima and Yugo Umeno (and possibly Keiji Takahashi, depending on the condition of his left shoulder and lower back) tag along with hopes that they will learn something new while in the States. If things go well, the Swallows could send a few of their younger players to the States every year.
Source: Sanspo 12/17/20170 Comments
The Yakult Swallows announced on December 15 that they reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old Jordan Norberto Armengot. He was assigned the uniform number 40.
Jordan Norberto Armengot’s full name was registered as Jordan Norberto when he played for the Chunichi Dragons. His full name will be changed to Jordan Armengot. His uniform name will change from Jordan to Armengot.
According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 650,000 US dollars plus incentives.
Note: Armengot had a run with Wladimir Balentin when he hit him with a pitch during a game on July 8, 2016. Balentien felt the HBP was on purpose and as he walked toward the mound, threw his helmet toward Armengot. Both benches cleared and in the end, Balentien was ejected from the game.0 Comments
The Yakult Swallows are interested in thirty-three-year-old pitcher David Huff. The Swallows have a chance after talks between the pitcher and the KBO’s LG ended without an agreement. Huff pitched in nineteen games for LG this year and went 6-4 with a 2.38 ERA.2 Comments
Naruse finished out the final year of a three-year contract that was worth an estimated 144 million yen in 2017. Naruse agreed to a salary of twenty million yen for the 2018 season during contract negotiations on December 11. His salary dropped eighty-six percent after he managed just six wins during his first three years with the Yakult Swallows (and zero this season).
Source: Sponichi 12/12/20170 Comments