Tokyo Yakult Swallows (東京ヤクルトスワローズ)
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[10/10/2017] Yuhei Nakamura to be named next Swallows’ chief player rep

The media learned on October 9 that twenty-seven-year-old Yuhei Nakamura is slated to become the Swallows’ next chief player representative. He will be taking over for twenty-nine-year-old Shingo Kawabata (2016-2017). An official announcement will be made during Fan Appreciation Day on November 23.

Source: Sanspo 10/10/2017

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2017 Phoenix League Yakult Swallows Roster

Pos Uni Name JPN Name ENG
P 11 由規 Sato, Yoshinori
P 13 中尾 輝 Nakao, Hikaru
P 16 原 樹理 Hara, Juri
P 18 寺島 成輝 Terashima, Naruki
P 32 風張 蓮 Kazahari, Ren
P 35 菊沢 竜佑 Kikusawa, Ryusuke
P 38 梅野 雄吾 Umeno, Yugo
P 43 村中 恭兵 Muranaka, Kyohei
P 44 岩橋 慶侍 Iwahashi, Keiji
P 58 屋宜 照悟 Yagi, Shogo
P 117 田川 賢吾 Tagawa, Kengo
P 118 古野 正人 Furuno, Masato
C 30 西田 明央 Nishida, Akihisa
C 51 藤井 亮太 Fujii, Ryota
C 55 山川 晃司 Yamakawa, Koji
C 57 古賀 優大 Koga, Yudai
C 120 大村 孟 Omura, Hajime
INF 3 西浦 直亨 Nishiura, Naomichi
INF 36 廣岡 大志 Hirooka, Taishi
INF 46 谷内 亮太 Yachi, Ryota
INF 49 渡邉 大樹 Watanabe, Daiki
INF 56 奥村 展征 Okumura, Nobuyuki
OF 0 比屋根 渉 Hiyane, Wataru
OF 31 山崎 晃大朗 Yamasaki, Kotaro
OF 50 上田 剛史 Ueda, Tsuyoshi

Source: Yakult 10/5/2017

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[10/5/2017] Junji Ogawa introduced as new Yakult Swallows manager

The Yakult Swallows held a press conference today and introduced sixty-year-old Junji Ogawa as their new manager. This will be Ogawa’s second tour of duty as manager of the Swallows. He was named interim manager during the 2010 season and took over as official manager in 2011. He stepped down after the 2014 season and remained in the organization and took on the role of senior director.

The two sides agreed to a two-year contract. Ogawa will wear the uniform number 80.  He will retain his title as senior director until the end of December.

Source: Yakult 10/5/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2017

[UPDATE 10/6 @ 5:09pm]

According to media reports, Ogawa’s annual salary will be an estimated 80 million yen.

Source: Sanspo 10/6/2017, Sports Hochi 10/6/2017
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[10/4/2017] Carlos Rivero, Dean Green return home

Carlos Rivero and Dean Green left for their homes out of Narita Airport today. Both players are interested in returning next year.

Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2017

[UPDATE 10/5 @ 12:42am]

David Buchanan also returned home out of Narita Airport on October 4.

Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2017

[UPDATE 10/6 @ 2:00am]

There is a chance thirty-two-year-old Josh Lueke will not be returning next year. Lueke left Japan out of Narita Airport on October 4. He skipped practices without permission on October 2 and was given a one-game suspension by the Yakult Swallows. The reason for his absence from practices may have had something to do with contract talks.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/5/2017

Preston Guilmet left Japan out of Haneda Airport on October 4.

Source: Sanspo 10/5/2017

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[10/4/2017] Takahiro Imanami to retire

Thirty-two-year-old Takahiro Imanami was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease last year. He has found it difficult to keep up with other players since then and has decided to retire.

Imanami started his career with the Nippon Ham Fighters in 2007. He was later traded to the Yakult Swallows partway through the 2014 season.

Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2017, Sponichi 10/4/2017

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2017 Senryokugai: Yakult Swallows

Player JPN Name ENG Age Pos Uni Date Plans Source
竹下 真吾 Takeshita, Singo 26 P 22 10/03 [10/3] Considering options. Sanspo Yakult
土肥 寛昌 Dohi, Hiroaki 26 P 42 10/03 [10/3] Retirement. Nikkan Sports Yakult
ジュリアス Higuma, Julius 20 P 48 10/03 [10/3] Explore options, one includes Ikusei contract with Yakult. Nikkan Sports Yakult
徳山 武陽 Tokuyama, Takeaki 28 P 62 10/03 [10/3] Considering options. Will wait for offers. Sanspo Yakult
中島 彰吾 Nakashima, Shogo 25 P 71 10/03 [10/3] Tryouts. Sanspo Yakult
星野 雄大 Hoshino, Yudai 28 C 37 10/03 [10/3] Tryouts. Nikkan Sports Yakult
新田 玄気 Nitta, Genki 35 C 104 10/03   Yakult
今浪 隆博 Imanami, Takahiro 33 INF 59 10/03 [10/3] Retirement. Hashimoto’s disease. Nikkan Sports Yakult
飯原 誉士 Iihara, Yasushi 34 OF 9 10/03 [10/3] Wants to play. Nikkan Sports Yakult
榎本 葵 Enomoto, Aoi 25 OF 64 10/03 [10/3] Tryouts. Sanspo Yakult
原 泉 Hara, Izumi 25 OF 65 10/03 [10/3] Tryouts. Sanspo Yakult
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Yomiuri Giants 10 – Yakult Swallows 6 (October 3, 2017)

Yomiuri Giants vs Yakult Swallows @ Meiji Jingu Stadium – 18:00
Starters: Nakagawa, Kota (YOM) 0-0, 4.50 – Guilmet, Preston (YAK) 1-1, 3.38

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yomiuri 2 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 10 15 0
Yakult 0 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 6 11 0

Attendance: 30517 | Time: 3h14m

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[10/1/2017] Wladimir Balentien fined and suspended

Wladimir Balentien was ejected from a game against the Chunichi Dragons at Jingu Stadium on September 30 for insulting an umpire (he kicked some dirt on home plate after a strike out looking). The ejection was Balentien’s third of the season.

The NPB announced today that they issued the slugger a 100,000yen fine and a one-game suspension.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/1/2017

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Chunichi Dragons 6 – Yakult Swallows 4 (October 1, 2017)

Chunichi Dragons vs Yakult Swallows @ Meiji Jingu Stadium – 18:00
Starters: Ito, Junki (CHU) 0-2, 3.81 – Umeno, Yugo (YAK) 0-1, 15.00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chunichi 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 6 9 0
Yakult 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 7 1

Attendance: 24510 | Time: 3h11m

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Chunichi Dragons 5 – Yakult Swallows 7 (September 30, 2017)

Chunichi Dragons vs Yakult Swallows @ Meiji Jingu Stadium – 18:00
Starters: Ono, Yudai (CHU) 7-8, 3.97 – Terashima, Naruki (YAK)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chunichi 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 1
Yakult 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 2 X 7 11 0

Attendance: 27885 | Time: 2h49m

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