Tokyo Yakult Swallows (東京ヤクルトスワローズ)

[11/21/2017] Wladimir Balentien will most likely return to Yakult in 2018

According to report posted by Sports Hochi, Wladimir Balentien will most likely return to the Yakult Swallows in 2018 with a one-year deal in the three million US dollar range. The two sides are said to be in the in final stages of negotiations. An announcement could be made soon.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/21/2017

[UPDATE 11/22 @ 2:58pm]

The Swallows would like to make an announcement before the end of the month, ahead of the deadline for teams to file their list of reserved players.

Source: Sponichi 11/22/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017


[11/16/2017] Yakult Swallows sign Shotaro Tashiro

Shotaro Tashiro went 1-for-4 (F9, Ks, 1B9, Fo3) during the twelve team tryouts on November 15. The Yakult Swallows are looking to pick up one player from the tryout and they appear interested in the twenty-seven-year-old outfielder.

Source: Sponichi 11/16/2017, Sanspo 11/16/2017

[UPDATE 11/18 @ 2:59am]

The Swallows announced on November 17 that they signed Tashiro.

Source: Yakult 11/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017, Daily Sports 11/17/2017


[11/11/2017] Softbank sends Hiroki Yamada to Yakult

The Softbank Hawks announced on November 11 that they agreed to a trade that will send twenty-nine-year-old Hiroki Yamada to the Yakult Swallows. No other players will be exchanged.

Yamada was assigned the uniform number 34 by the Swallows. He will join their fall camp in Matsuyama on November 12.

Source: Yakult 11/11/2017, Softbank 11/11/2017


[11/10/2017] Yakult Swallows: uniform number changes

The Yakult Swallows announced the following uniform number changes on November 10:

Source: Yakult 11/10/2017


2018 Yakult Swallows Coaching Staff

Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Position Name JPN Name ENG Uni Age
Manager 小川 淳司 Ogawa, Junji 80 60
Pitching Coach 田畑 一也 Tabata, Kazuya 89 48
Pitching Coach 石井 弘寿 Ishii, Hirotoshi 98 40
Hitting Coach 石井 琢朗 Ishii, Takuro 81 47
Hitting Coach 宮出 隆自 Miyade, Ryuji 76 40
Infield/Base Coach 土橋 勝征 Dobashi, Katsuyuki 95 48
Outfield/Base Coach 河田 雄祐 Kawada, Yusuke 71 49
Battery Coach 野口 寿浩 Noguchi, Toshihiro 90 46
Roving Coach 杉村 繁 Sugimura, Shigeru 74 60

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Position Name JPN Name ENG Uni Age
Manager 高津 臣吾 Takatsu, Shingo 99 48
Chief Coach 三木 肇 Miki, Hajime 88 40
Pitching Coach 赤堀 元之 Akahori, Motoyuki 83 47
Pitching Coach 小野寺 力 Onodera, Chikara 72 36
Hitting Coach 松元 ユウイチ Matsumoto, Yuichi 82 36
Hitting Coach 北川 博敏 Kitagawa, Hirotoshi 85 45
Infield/Base Coach 森岡 良介 Morioka, Ryosuke 75 33
Outfield/Base Coach 福地 寿樹 Fukuchi, Kazuki 73 41
Battery Coach 野村 克則 Nomura, Katsunori 78 44

Source: Yakult 11/9/2017


[11/9/2017] Shohei Tateyama had shoulder and elbow surgery

The media learned on November 8 that Shohei Tateyama had surgery on his right shoulder and elbow at a hospital in Gunma in early-October. He is already working out with the rehab group at the Toda facilities in Saitama and has resumed light throwing. There is no timetable on his full recovery. Tateyama will be in the final year of a three-year deal next season.

Source: Sponichi 11/9/2017, Sports Hochi 11/9/2017


[11/8/2017] Yakult Swallows keeping an eye on Tony Barnette

The Yakult Swallows are keeping an eye on their old closer, thirty-three-year-old Tony Barnette. He spent six years in the Yakult organization before he returned to the United States and signed with the Texas Rangers after the 2015 season. Barnette recently became a free agent when the Rangers declined his team option.

The Swallows cannot compete financially with other MLB teams, but may be interested if he is open to returning to Japan.

Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2017


Ryota Fujii: Did You Know


Fujita’s registered position is expected to change from catcher to infielder in 2018. The Yakult Swallows still see him as a catcher, but also want him to play the infield.

Source: Sponichi 11/8/2017


Yoshinori Sato: Did You Know


The Yakult Swallows are trying out Mizuno’s MAQ. It is a device that measures ball movement (spin, axis, and velocity). Yoshinori gave the ball a try during a bullpen session on November 6 and hit 2,022 rotations.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2017, Sponichi 11/7/2017


Yakult Swallows: 2017 Fall Camp

Yakult Swallows 2017 Fall Camp Details

November 2 (Thu) – November 21 (Tue)
Days Off: November 8 (Wed), 14 (Tue)

Venue: Botchan Stadium in Matsuyama, Ehime