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Yakult Swallows: May 20, 2010

by on May.20, 2010 @ 2:25 pm, under NPB

8:22pm JST

...The Swallows held an emergency meeting earlier today.  It seems they covered two main topics:

  1. The team confirmed that Shigeru Takada will continue on as manager of the team.  Club president Tadashi Suzuki drove the point home by saying, "The Yakult Group, as a policy, doesn't like to let people go.  He's in the last year of a three year contract and we'd like him to finish it out."  The article also mentioned that Suzuki avoided questions regarding what would happen to Takada if the team continued to lose.
  2. The team will be attempting to strengthen the team either through a trade or by signing a foreigner.

2:25pm JST

...The Swallows are the only team that has yet to record a victory during Inter-league play.  Their 6th loss of Inter-league play last night gives them the worst start since the Yokohama Bay Stars went 0-5 in 2008.  The longest Inter-league losing streak, overall, of 11 games was set by the Nippon Ham Fighters in 2005.

...The Swallows suffered their fourth walk-off loss last night.  They're also in the midst of their second 6-game losing streak of the season.

...Masanori Ishikawa once again failed to record his first win of the season last night.  He has now gone 9 straight starts without a win.

...The Swallows will be holding an emergency team meeting at some point today.  The topic of discussion will be strategies for how to proceed, and will also likely include further discussions on potential foreign player candidates and trade possibilities.