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Yakult Swallows would be opening up at home today

山田 哲人

Tetsuto Yamada, the subject of today’s photo, has been one of the best and most consistent players in Japan over the past six years. Today’s photo is from seven years ago when he was merely mediocre. Since then, he has averaged over 30 home runs a season (and the season is shorter in Japan–just 140ish games instead of 160ish in MLB) and a batting average over .300. In 2015 he was the league MVP when he hit .329, with 38 home runs, and 34 stolen bases.

Wladimir Balentien’s 2013 season

Wladimir Balentien on the Jingu Stadium big screen

@cocobalentien

I never really finished my post from nearly seven years ago about Wladimir Balentien. Coco did go on to break the record, hitting 60 home runs in just 130 games. He ended that year with an .OPS of 1.234. How good is that? Only a handful of MLB players have ever had an .OPS that high in a season. They include Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, and Ted Williams.

What’s happened to Coco since? He has continued to play for Yakult, but has never had nearly as good a season. He has hit between 31 and 38 home runs every season since 2013 for the Swallows. This year (2020) he was supposed to play for the Hawks, but the season has been delayed due to the Covid-19 virus.

Opening day … in Japan

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Nori Aoki bag in Jingu Stadium (2013)

#NoriAoki #baseball

Today’s photo was taken more than a year after Aoki split Japan for the Major League Baseball in the USA. He’s back in Japan now, playing once again for the Swallows. He played for Waseda University, a few years before I taught there.

Train platform to enter car #6

Baseball motif in tile floor of Japanese metro station

I took today’s photo after watching a Swallows game in Tokyo at Meiji Jingu Stadium (明治神宮野球場). I think I was in the Gaienmae Station. Is anyone familiar with that station? Am I correct in that guess?

Preseason has begun, opening day about a month away

コカ・コーラ

Rally umbrellas

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Yakult Swallows fans and their umbrellas (YS傘)

#swallows @swallowspr ☂️

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