Steve Novosel, biggest Chiba Lotte Marines fan

Mac on Tokyo: Steve Novosel

Steve Novosel’s Chiba Lotte Marines fan site, ‘We Love Marines’, is the go-to resource for English-language information about the Pacific League team. Steve chats to Mac, Founder of Maction Planet, about his site, moving to Japan, favourite moments with the Marines and shares his thoughts on the current state of Japanese Baseball. Maction Planet: Hi […]

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Tony Barnette as seen on a Action Planet Tokyo Baseball Tour

Mac on Tokyo: Tony Barnette

Tony Barnette is a Tokyo Yakult Swallows legend. A 10th round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2006, he moved to Tokyo in 2010. His first start saw him pitch seven hitless-innings and earn a 1-0 victory against the Yokohama Baystars. Moving to the bullpen in 2011, he never looked back – leading the Central […]

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Mac on Tokyo: David Watkins

David Watkins has established a place for himself in the annals of Japan Baseball Writing as the co-founder of, the premier English language site for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. A well-known face in the crowds at Meiji Jingu Stadium, Mac was lucky enough to talk to him about what brought him to Japan, his love […]

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Meiji Jingu Stadium as seen on a Maction Planet Tokyo Baseball Tour

Tokyo ON #016: Songs of the Swallows

Maction Planet fans will know that Mac, Founder of Maction Planet, is one of the most famous non-Japanese Tokyo Yakult Swallows fans. A regular at almost every home game and many away adventures, Mac has been watching the Swallows for 11 years through thick and thin… mainly thin. One of the elements of the Baseball […]

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Maction Planet interview with Hillary Barnette

Mac on Tokyo: Hillary Barnette

In this edition of Mac on Tokyo, Maction Planet was lucky enough to talk to Hillary Barnette. Hillary, a Tokyo resident for six years, shares with us her experiences of moving to and living in The World’s Greatest Metropolis, as well as behind-the-scenes insights into the Tokyo Yakult Swallows Baseball Team, for whom her husband, […]

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Tokyo Yakult Swallows

My first Tokyo Yakult Swallows game

Tonight’s baseball was absolutely awesome! My first ever Tokyo Yakult Swallows game saw ‘us’ – yes, I already feel like I’m going to be going a lot more often, taking on the Yokohama Baystars. Going into the bottom of the ninth we were 4-2 down. Having scored one homer earlier in the innings, Alex Ramirez […]

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