Tag Archive: Yakult Swallows

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Kazuki Kondo: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

September 15 vs Hanshin at Koshien Stadium – Kondo notched his fortieth save point of the year and set a new Swallows record. The previous record of thirty-nine was set by Josh Lueke in 2016.

Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/16/2018

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[9/8/2018] Norichika Aoki slowed by back tightness

Norichika Aoki felt some tightness during practices before a Yokohama on September 7. The tightness turned to discomfort after he grounded out to third in his first at bat in the first inning. He was replaced on defense in the third inning as a precaution and left out of the starting line-up on September 8. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 9/7/2018, Sanspo 9/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/8/2018, Sponichi 9/8/2018

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[9/5/2018] Junji Ogawa to finish out contract as planned

The media learned recently that Junji Ogawa will return as manager of the Yakult Swallows in 2019. Ogawa met Team Owner Tsuyoshi Kinugasa on August 2 and accepted the team’s request to finish out the final year of a two-year contract.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/4/2018, ZakZak 9/4/2018, Daily Sports 9/4/2018, Sports Hochi 9/4/2018

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Tsuyoshi Ueda: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

September 4 vs Chunichi at Jingu Stadium – Ueda blasted the first walk-off home run of his career (eleventh inning, off Katsuki Matayoshi).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/5/2018, Sports Hochi 9/5/2018, Daily Sports 9/5/2018, Sponichi 9/5/2018

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[8/27/2018] Wladimir Balentien blasts 250th home run

Wladimir Balentien went deep against Shota Imanaga in the third inning of a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Jingu Stadium on August 26. The home run made Balentien the sixty-second player in NPB history (eighth foreign player in NPB history) to hit 250 home runs. He recorded the milestone home run in his 869th game, second fastest in NPB history, behind Alex Cabrera and Ralph Bryant’s 733 games.

Source: Daily Sports 8/26/2018, Sports Hochi 8/26/2018, Sports Hochi 8/27/2018, Sanspo 8/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/27/2018, Sponichi 8/26/2018

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[7/30/2018] Masayoshi Miwa earns domestic FA option

Thirty-four-year-old Masayoshi Miwa earned his domestic free agent option on July 30 with seven years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/30/2018, Sanspo 7/30/2018

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[7/30/2018] Yakult Swallows add Masato Furuno to seventy-man roster

The Yakult Swallows announced that they added Masato Furuno to their seventy-man roster on July 30. Furuno’s uniform number will change from 118 to 40.

Furuno went 2-3 with an ERA of 2.43 in eleven Ni-gun games.

Source: Yakult 7/30/2018, Sanspo 7/30/2018, Sports Hochi 7/30/2018, Sponichi 7/30/2018

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[7/26/2018] Norichika Aoki earns domestic FA option

Thirty-six-year-old Norichika Aoki earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster. Aoki signed a three-year contract before the season.

Source: Sanspo 7/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2018

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[7/25/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters, Yakult Swallows in search for alternate venues for 2020 season

The Nippon Ham Fighters and Yakult Swallows will have to find alternate venues for the 2020 season. Jingu Stadium and Sapporo Dome will be used for other purposes during the 2020 Olympics.

  • Jingu Stadium
    • storage and waiting areas for Olympic personnel
    • July 6 – September 13
  • Sapporo Dome
    • one of seven soccer venues
    • June 1 – September 11

Sapporo City was not expecting to lose access to Sapporo Dome for more than a month and will approach Olympic committee organizers about shortening the period. The Yakult Swallows have already started exploring their options and have put together a list of candidate venues.

Source: Sanspo 7/24/2018, Daily Sports 7/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/24/2018

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Shingo Kawabata: Did You Know

Milestones

Walk-off Hits

  • April 24, 2015 vs Yomiuri – single to center
  • July 21, 2018 vs Chunichi – two-run home run

Source: Sanspo 7/22/2018

2018

July 21 vs Chunichi at Jingu – Kawabata blasted the first walk-off home run of his career — with the score tied at five, he hit a two-run home run to right off Hiroshi Suzuki.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2018, Sponichi 7/21/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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