Official: David Buchanan signs with Tokyo Yakult Swallows

It is official, the contract details for David Buchanan was said to be on a one-year deal worth an estimated 88 million Yen (750,000 USD in annual salary), he will also wear the uniform number 28, according to the report.


The NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) team Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the Central league have announced today that they will be signing free agent RH pitcher David Buchanan, 27, on a one-year deal this offseason. An official announcement by the organization showing Buchanan’s contract details will soon be released in a few days, according to the report. He will also be used as a starter for the upcoming season.

The former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher David Buchanan played for 2 years (2014-2015) there at the Major league level. He currently owns a record of 8-17, along with an earned run average of 5.01 in 35 games played (192.1 innings pitched) in his big league career, primarily as a starter. He finished his 2016 regular season campaign with the Phillies minor league affiliate, Triple-A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, with a record of 10-9 and an earned run average 3.98 in 27 games (167.1 innings pitched) in the year, he was eventually released by his team last month, back in November 23.

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2 thoughts on “Official: David Buchanan signs with Tokyo Yakult Swallows

  1. Tokyo these days is a lot like the New York of the pre-California gold rush days. It has five, count ’em, five teams within its extended metropolitan ambit: the Yomiuri Giants, Chiba Lotte Mariners, Seibu Lions, Yokohama DeNa Baystars and the Yakult Swallows. You can get away with this kind of a swelter of teams, and still make money at it, when your metropolitan area population is thirty eight million.

    The Yakult Swallows play in the Shinjuku area, to the west of central Tokyo where the Giants hold sway and which is the up-and-coming new yuppie urban paradise of Japan:

    Their logo is about as boring as you’d expect a yuppie’s team logo to be:

    And their mascot is pretty insipid too. I don’t know what it’s winking at either:

    To top it all orf, their stadium, Meiji Jingu Stadium, is one of the oldest and most boring looking stadiums in the NPB. Though it’s not nearly as ugly and depressing as the Triopicana Dump, having a nice spacious feel to it once you get inside, the outside makes Bauhaus look like the hotel architecture at Disney’s Epcot:

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