Crazy Pitcher Shinjo Japanese Baseball Antics - May 18, 2008





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Uploaded on May 20, 2008

Tsuyoshi Shinjo comes back to get one last out for the Softbank Hawks. Contrary to usual Japanese baseball, it gets a little crazy on the field. Very funny stuff, and apparentl.y they have a huge strike zone.

He played for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan from 1990 until 2000, then for Major League Baseball's New York Mets and San Francisco Giants. In 2002, he became the first Japan-born player to play in the World Series. After his three-year stint in American baseball, he returned to Japan and played for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters from 2004 until 2006. He is known for his flamboyance, colorful wristbands, dyed hair, and a unique hop as he catches the ball. His uniqueness has endeared him to baseball fans and has made him one of the most popular players in the Japanese leagues despite not being in the echelon of elite active players. In fact, his popularity was what kept him off the bench during his stint with the Tigers when manager Katsuya Nomura tried to turn him into a pitcher on the rotation rather than risk his team with his mediocre play.

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