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    Early season PL attendance and the Giants

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 26日 Saturday

    westbaystars at Japanesebaseball.com does a logical analysis on the early season PL attendance figures.

    Compared to the same time period last year (up to games ending April 24), SoftBank takes the biggest hit, down 10.3% (27,036 per game). But Nippon Ham makes up for that, up 10.2% (23,362). Orix, having moved to Osaka Dome, is up a whopping 45.7% (16,429).

    While the article attributes moving to Osaka as the cause for the rise for Orix, I’ll contend that it was their great start that got people coming out. SoftBank, on the other hand, has had its worst start in years, thus the downturn. I think that when you compare results on the field with results in the seats, that there will be a close correlation – which the press doesn’t seem to get for some reason.

    Yeah, that seems like a way more plausible reason. I’ve only been to 2 games so far this season. A half empty Jingu for a midweek Swallows-BayStars tilt, and a Sunday afternoon Hawks-Fighters game in Sapporo that drew well (just north of 30,000).

    Meanwhile, sports journalists are desperate to write good things about the Giants. Sure having your first 4 game winning streak of the season is a good thing, scoring 6 runs each in the first 3 wins, but that series sweep was against the lowly BayStars, the worst team in Japan, so that’s nothing to write home about. Now, the 3-1 win against the Tigers last night is a good thing for the club, though only getting 3 runs on 10 hits is rather inefficient. The Giants are the least patient team in the league with only 41 walks while Hanshin leads the league and almost doubles that with 78. Hmm…

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    Swallows Unveil Throwback Atoms Uniforms

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 2日 Wednesday

    31 March 2008

    Masanori Ishikawa is delighted with the throwback uniforms too! Check them out at Jingu Stadium during Golden Week!
    On 31 March, at the Jingu indoor training facility, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows unveiled the throwback uniforms the team will wear during the “Might is back! ‘Yakult Atoms Revival Series’” starting on 3 May.

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    Director Michio Oda from the Yakult club and president Takayuki Matsutani from Tezuka Productions were present at the press conference. Oda mentioned that “this is part of our “rebirth of Yakult” promotions, one way to start something new. We hope the fans enjoy this,” then Matsutani said that “this is the 80th anniversary of birth of Osamu Tezuka. We hope that this will aid in increasing public interest in the team and that more fans will come to the games, so we were very happy when the club asked us to collaborate on this.”

    Following the press conference, pitcher Masanori Ishikawa, as a player representative, came into the room wearing the throwback uniform, and he was accompanied by the Swallows mascot Tsubakuro and Astro Boy (Mighty Atom) both in the same uniform. About wearing the Atoms, previous incarnation of the Swallows, uniform, Ishikawa said, “I see that Astroboy is on my left sleeve, it’s a colour I’ve never worn before, and I think it looks cool, and it feels good to wear it. Tanaka, Kato, and Masubuchi all thought it looked cool back in the clubhouse too (laughs). I want to wear this in a game soon. Astroboy has a very powerful image. It feels like we can “go for it!” together with this uniform. I will try my best with (Astroboy’s) million horsepower strength!”

    During the “Yakult Atoms Revival Series”, besides the uniforms, there will be other Yakult Atoms limited edition memorabilia on sale, and special tickets for the games, there will be many other events at the stadium for the fans, including the auction of game worn uniforms for charity. We look forward to seeing you at the stadium!

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    See the Astroboy logo on the left sleeve! The ballcap says “Ya” and not “Ys” as usual. We hope the fans are looking forward to this uniform as well!

    (Edit: The Tokyo Yakult Swallows played as the Yakult Atoms in 1970-73, the team was known simply as the Atoms in 69 and the Sankei Atoms in 67-68 before being purchased by the Yakult company.)

    Original press release (Japanese):

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