Tag Archive: Yakult Swallows


[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


Tsuyoshi Ueda: Did You Know



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


[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


[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


[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


[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


[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


Shingo Kawabata: Did You Know


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


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


[7/9/2018] Tetsuto Yamada hits for the cycle

Tetsuto Yamada hit for the cycle during a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Shizuoka on July 9.

  • single to left in the first
  • walk in the third
  • two-run home run to left in the fifth
  • double off the fence in left in the seventh
  • RBI triple to right in the ninth

Yamada became the sixty-sixth player (accomplished seventy-one times) in NPB history, thirty-third player (accomplished thirty-six times) in the Central League, to hit for the cycle. He is the first player to hit for the cycle since Yuki Yanagita on April 31 and the first Yakult Swallow since Atsunori Inaba on July 1, 2003.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/9/2018, Daily Sports 7/9/2018, Sponichi 7/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/9/2018


[7/7/2018] About the Yakult-Chunichi cancellation on Friday

The Yakult-Chunichi game at Nagoya Dome on Friday was canceled because the Swallows’ equipment truck was delayed.

The Yakult Swallows were in Hiroshima for three games prior to their series against the Dragons in Aichi. Their game against the Carp on Thursday was rained out. The team still held workouts at Mazda Stadium until the evening. Equipment was then loaded onto a truck. Yakult players headed to Nagoya and safely made it to the team hotel. The equipment truck lagged behind due to delays caused by heavy rains.

On Friday, representatives from Yakult and Chunichi discussed their options. The Dragons wanted to wait until about 5:45pm to make a decision and were willing to delay the start of the game by an hour. But 3:45pm, Chunichi announced that the game was being canceled.

The Swallows’ equipment truck left Hiroshima at around 7:00pm on July 5 and was scheduled to arrive in Nagoya at around 2:00am on July 6, but it did not arrive until about 4:30am on July 7. Incidentally, the Carp also traveled on Thursday. Their truck left at 4:15pm on July 5 and arrived in Tokyo on Friday morning.

This was the second game to be canceled because of delayed equipment. The first time was Nankai vs Nippon Ham at Korakuen on July 13, 1979 (traffic delays caused by a five in a highway tunnel).

Nagoya Dome Cancellations

  • July 26, 1997 – Yomiuri vs Chunichi (concerns about typhoon-related transportation problems)
  • September 12, 2000 – Hiroshima vs Chunichi (flooding caused by heavy rains)
  • September 18-19, 2004 – Yomiuri vs Chunichi (player strike)
  • July 6, 2018 – Yakult vs Chunichi (equipment delay)

Source: Daily Sports 7/6/2018, Daily Sports 7/6/2018, Daily Sports 7/6/2018, Sports Hochi 7/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/7/2018, Sponichi 7/6/2018, Sponichi 7/6/2018, Sponichi 7/7/2018, Tokyo Sports 7/6/2018

NPB Standings [Full]
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
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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