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jortafan
07-11-2006, 03:09 PM
I got a kick out of this little item from the Tribune. It seems that our Sox' former closer wishes he were still here.

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/cs-060710soxshingo,1,5109858.story?coll=cs-whitesox-headlines

I'm not necessarily saying I want Shingo back as a pitcher; only noting that I enjoyed his stint on the South Side and have pleasant memories of him. I wouldn't mind if the Sox organization were to come up with some sort of niche for Takatsu -- a coach or scout of some type, perhaps?

oeo
07-11-2006, 03:15 PM
He could recruit Japanese talent to the Sox. I wouldn't mind having some more Iguchis around.

I still have my Shingo shirt. That was my clinching shirt at the end of the year last year. I wore it the day they clinched the division...so I wore it the day they clinched the Division Series, the pennant, and the World Series.

Uncle_Patrick
07-11-2006, 03:27 PM
That's cool that they sent him a ring. I was disappointed that things didn't work out for him here.

Ol' No. 2
07-11-2006, 03:47 PM
That's cool that they sent him a ring. I was disappointed that things didn't work out for him here.Don't feel bad for Shingo. It worked out great...for a while. For one magical year he got to do what all of us would give anything to do.

QCIASOXFAN
07-11-2006, 03:47 PM
That's cool that they sent him a ring. I was disappointed that things didn't work out for him here. It was a sad story. I think I know another relief pitcher that might be disappointed things didn't work out.

IlliniSox
07-11-2006, 03:52 PM
He could recruit Japanese talent to the Sox. I wouldn't mind having some more Iguchis around.



Definitely, MLB teams have facilities in every corner of Latin America. The Sox should at least have scouting personnel in Japan as it has become such an important source of talent in the last decade. Who better than Shingo?

PatK
07-11-2006, 03:54 PM
I still have my Mr. Zero "He Gong" shirt.

He had a hell of a year.

StockdaleForVeep
07-11-2006, 04:17 PM
I wouldnt mind shingo instead of pollitte at the moment. Hell pitchers havent seen him in a year or so, he can fool em again

JohnBasedowYoda
07-11-2006, 04:31 PM
the "domo arigato shingo takatsu" shirt was a staple in my rotation

robiwho
07-11-2006, 04:41 PM
Shingo was definitely one of the highlights of the 2004 season.

buehrle4cy05
07-11-2006, 04:41 PM
My Shingo jersey is still in rotation. I'll never forget all the fun it was when he came in the game in 2004, with the gong and everything. I'm glad to see that he got a ring.

Tekijawa
07-11-2006, 04:42 PM
Don't feel bad for Shingo. It worked out great...for a while. For one magical year he got to do what all of us would give anything to do.

Yeah! Speak Japanese and throw Frisbees while 30,000 People watched. Two of my biggest dreams!:D:

DSpivack
07-11-2006, 06:45 PM
Definitely, MLB teams have facilities in every corner of Latin America. The Sox should at least have scouting personnel in Japan as it has become such an important source of talent in the last decade. Who better than Shingo?

I believe the Sox already have a scouting director for East Asia, though I could be wrong. Shingo could work under him. Going from dominant postseason closer in Japan to starting the year closing for an eventual WS Championship team, then back to Japan for middle relief, what a ride.

lostletters
07-11-2006, 06:53 PM
If the White Sox were smart they would contact him and ask him if he would be willing to scout in Japan for the White Sox. It would be nice if we got a steady stream of talent from Japan.

DrCrawdad
07-11-2006, 06:57 PM
I'm very glad to hear that Shingo got a ring AND that this (finally) got a bit of PR. As many here may remember, it used to be that the Sox had a reputation for an organization that didn't treat former players well and that "everyone" was just happy to get away from. I know that that was not at all accurate but that was the scuttlebutt. Clearly though now the Sox have turned things around. So many former players are in the organization, from KW to Ozzie to the coaching staff (majors and minors) that no one can rightly claim that the Sox don't treat former players right.

StockdaleForVeep
07-11-2006, 07:12 PM
the "domo arigato shingo takatsu" shirt was a staple in my rotation

Im so pissed i never saw him close. The games i went to were either sox gettin blown out or we had a non save situation. I had one chance in august, but ofcorpse, sluggers Manos and borchard had to hit back to back rbi doubles to make it non save. Then shingo mocked me by saying bye......
:(

Madvora
07-11-2006, 07:31 PM
Shingo is one guy that will most likely have his 2004 season remembered and his 2005 forgot by a lot of Sox fans as the years go by.

He was such an unexpected sensation when he first started here that he became an instant fan favorite. That's pretty rare. Obviously, the 2005 WS helps a lot with people forgetting his performance that year, but I think he will always be remembered favorably in Chicago.

house215
07-11-2006, 08:47 PM
I wish Shingo the best of luck. He was the probably the thing I will remember most about the 2004 season (next to Maggs getting injured).

FedEx227
07-11-2006, 11:01 PM
I miss the gong!

What a sensation he was. Sadly, the league caught up to him once they found out his big pitch was "I throw it very slow".

thomas35forever
07-11-2006, 11:27 PM
I wish Shingo the best of luck. He was the probably the thing I will remember most about the 2004 season (next to Maggs getting injured).
Don't forget the beginning of the end of Frank's career here.

vegyrex
07-11-2006, 11:59 PM
That's cool that they sent him a ring. I was disappointed that things didn't work out for him here.

yeah same here.

Nice to know Shingo got a ring. :smile:

miker
07-12-2006, 12:36 PM
Nice to see the Shingo love here...when a player loses it, he can either bow out gracefully like Shingo, or he can be a "Jaime Navarro!"

Good luck Shingo, whatever you do.

viagracat
07-12-2006, 02:09 PM
I always liked Takatsu. However, I liked him a little more when he was able to get guys out...

SBSoxFan
07-12-2006, 06:43 PM
I always liked Takatsu. However, I liked him a little more when he was able to get guys out...

So how did that change? I don't agree with the league catching up with him. It seems more due to not being able to throw the frisbee for a strike anymore, so batters could sit on the fastball. I mean look at Hoffman. The guys gonna go in the HOF with, probably, the most saves in MLB history, and he has an 86 mph fastball and a changeup. Why hasn't the league caught up to him?

And if Shingo couldn't throw strikes here, how is he doing in Japan when, by his own admission, the strikezone is tighter?

vegyrex
07-12-2006, 07:42 PM
And if Shingo couldn't throw strikes here, how is he doing in Japan when, by his own admission, the strikezone is tighter?

Good question. :?:

Ol' No. 2
07-12-2006, 07:46 PM
So how did that change? I don't agree with the league catching up with him. It seems more due to not being able to throw the frisbee for a strike anymore, so batters could sit on the fastball. I mean look at Hoffman. The guys gonna go in the HOF with, probably, the most saves in MLB history, and he has an 86 mph fastball and a changeup. Why hasn't the league caught up to him?

And if Shingo couldn't throw strikes here, how is he doing in Japan when, by his own admission, the strikezone is tighter?It seemed to me his problem was more not throwing the fastball and curve for strikes. That and he'd only throw the frisbee when he was ahead in the count, which became almost never. That made him a two pitch pitcher: a curve that he couldn't get over and a fastball that was very hittable when you knew it was coming. I don't think it was the league catching up to him. I think it was him suddenly being afraid to throw strikes. For whatever reason, he doesn't have that fear in Japan.

Chips
07-12-2006, 08:11 PM
Shingo was definitely one of the highlights of the 2004 season.

Shingo is awesome.

I wouldn't mind seeing him again.

rowand33
07-12-2006, 08:58 PM
I'll never forget how awesome it was when Shingo would come out in 2004...

and hwo sad it was when you'd be at games in 2005 and he'd come out in the 6th inning of a blowout and it would stilll be like "It's shingo time" and the gong would go in everything...

I still feel that his biggest problem was confidence and not that the league figured him out.

zach074
07-12-2006, 11:31 PM
I loved Shingo's energy no matter what he was all ways pumped up.

SBSoxFan
07-13-2006, 07:28 AM
It seemed to me his problem was more not throwing the fastball and curve for strikes. That and he'd only throw the frisbee when he was ahead in the count, which became almost never. That made him a two pitch pitcher: a curve that he couldn't get over and a fastball that was very hittable when you knew it was coming. I don't think it was the league catching up to him. I think it was him suddenly being afraid to throw strikes. For whatever reason, he doesn't have that fear in Japan.

Good analysis 'Ol No. 2. Thanks!