...In the hopes of mixing things up and perhaps getting a second opinion, the Swallows apparently invited Takao Ise to join their staff as something of a batting instructor. Ise was a coach with the SK Wyverns between 2008 and 2009. Prior to that, he split time coaching for teams like the Yomiuri Giants, Yakult Swallows, and Kintetsu Buffaloes.
An official announcement is expected some time tomorrow.
...The Swallows dropped their 7th consecutive game on Friday. They also became the first team to lost 30 games this year. During this 7-game losing streak, the Swallows have been outscored 29-13. And of the 7 games the Swallows have lost, two belong to Tony Barnette (9 IP, 14 H, 6 SO, 6 BB, 2 HBP, 9 R, 9 ER).