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Gammons Peter
01-18-2008, 02:32 PM
per WSCR

chisoxmike
01-18-2008, 02:35 PM
:rolling:

Gammons Peter
01-18-2008, 02:35 PM
douchenozzles with gongs soon to be everywhere

spiffie
01-18-2008, 02:36 PM
:thud:

That is just bizarre.

Gammons Peter
01-18-2008, 02:37 PM
Fuku needs a friend

soltrain21
01-18-2008, 02:37 PM
I could have made a list of a hundred million things that I thought could possibly happen today, and that would have not made the list.

PalehosePlanet
01-18-2008, 02:37 PM
Well, he's always said that he loves Chicago.

Not sure if he'll make the club though.

bestkosher
01-18-2008, 02:38 PM
HEADLINE:Shin Go Cubs

In order to celebrate a 100 years of losing baseball, the Cubs today signed a pitcher whos pitch takes a hundred years to get over home plate.

CWSpalehoseCWS
01-18-2008, 02:39 PM
Can he even pitch anymore? Isn't he in his late, late 30's now?

spawn
01-18-2008, 02:40 PM
Wow. I don't know what to say about this. He may do well in the NL...until they catch on to him and sit on the change.

CWSpalehoseCWS
01-18-2008, 02:42 PM
Wow. I don't know what to say about this. He may do well in the NL...until they catch on to him and sit on the change.
He was with the Mets before going back to Japan, and they caught on if I remember correctly.

the1tab
01-18-2008, 02:43 PM
Can he even pitch anymore? Isn't he in his late, late 30's now?

Me thinks he's in the same division of "late 30s" Contreras is

WSox73
01-18-2008, 02:49 PM
Copy cats! :rolleyes:

Rocky Soprano
01-18-2008, 03:28 PM
BONG

The sound of the ball hitting the buildings on Waveland.

oeo
01-18-2008, 03:30 PM
Hendry sure does love ex-Sox relievers.

thomas35forever
01-18-2008, 03:37 PM
It'll be interesting to see if he makes the 25-man roster.

DickAllen72
01-18-2008, 03:59 PM
I hate the Cubs.

SoxNation05
01-18-2008, 04:03 PM
I hate the Cubs.
Shingo would be a good mascot.

Foulke You
01-18-2008, 04:03 PM
Hendry sure does love ex-Sox relievers.
No kidding! Howry, Eyre, Cotts, and now Shingo. Hey Hendry, I think Kevin Beirne, Rick White, and Mike Jackson might be looking for work too! :tongue:

Foulke You
01-18-2008, 04:03 PM
I could have made a list of a hundred million things that I thought could possibly happen today, and that would have not made the list.
Ditto. Talk about random!

soxfan21
01-18-2008, 05:15 PM
This is just nuts, I agree that Fukudome needs a friend and they probably got shingo for cheap.

FedEx227
01-18-2008, 05:39 PM
Just a little breakdown for you guys to see what he's been up to since he left us.

Shingo's Met stats (2005):

9 games, 7.7 IP, 2 HR allowed (3.85 IP/HR), 3 BB, 6 Ks (2 K/BB), 2.35 ERA

In their minors (2005):

7 games, 3 HR allowed, 1 BB, 10 Ks, 3.38 ERA

2006 in Japan:

48 games, 42 2/3 IP, 3 HR allowed (14 IP/HR),15 BB, 31 Ks (2.06 K/BB), 2.74 ERA

2007 in Japan:

25 games, 23 1/3 IP, 4 HR allowed (5.75 IP/HR),7 BB, 15 Ks (2.14 K/BB) 6.17 ERA

chicagofan23
01-18-2008, 05:50 PM
He signed a minor league deal.

slavko
01-18-2008, 06:02 PM
He might be effective if he has his pinpoint control. MPH was never a question, even when he was retiring 27 in a row for us.

WhiteSox5187
01-18-2008, 06:11 PM
Shingo was one of my favorite White Sox players of all time, I was sad to see him go and am distraught that he is now with the Cubs...I hope he gets lit up like he did here towards the end.

YourPonyDied
01-18-2008, 06:31 PM
He was with the Mets before going back to Japan, and they caught on if I remember correctly.


A 2.32 ERA in nine games equals they caught on to his pitching? :?:

CWSpalehoseCWS
01-18-2008, 06:50 PM
A 2.32 ERA in nine games equals they caught on to his pitching? :?:
No, I said if I remember correctly. Looks like I was wrong. But still, that was only 9 games.

raven1
01-18-2008, 07:09 PM
The Cubs are on a real nostalgia kick - first Lieber, now Shingo! All they need to do is bring back Sammy Sosa to bring back the glory of their 2003 season!

cws05champ
01-18-2008, 07:09 PM
No, I said if I remember correctly. Looks like I was wrong. But still, that was only 9 games.

They are just trying to capture our 2005 magic. He'll be the closer before some no name minor leaguer comes out of nowhere throwing 100 MPH and closing out games for the Cubs. But of course, they are the Cubs and the choke in the last week of the season to complete their 100th anniversary. :D:

Frontman
01-18-2008, 07:12 PM
Hendry sure does love ex-Sox relievers.

Since Neal Cotts has done oh-so-well for them.

Good luck to him, but man; that one throws me for a loop.

Frontman
01-18-2008, 07:13 PM
The Cubs are on a real nostalgia kick - first Lieber, now Shingo! All they need to do is bring back Sammy Sosa to bring back the glory of their 2003 season!


Don't give them any ideas. Its bad enough that this town is Cub crazy already in Jan.

raven1
01-18-2008, 07:18 PM
Don't give them any ideas. Its bad enough that this town is Cub crazy already in Jan.
I actually hope that the Cubs chances this year get overhyped again - it will make the "how could things possibly have gone this wrong?" hand-wringing late this summer that much more amusing.

Optipessimism
01-18-2008, 07:24 PM
Why do people keep claiming that the league figured Shingo out? No one "figured him out." Shingo couldn't throw a strike, so he got behind in the count and had to toss that "frisbee" over the middle of the plate, which the hitters just sat on. Any major league pitcher, regardless of what kind of stuff he has, isn't going to be successful if he's always working from behind in the count.

I hate the Cubs, but I wish Shingo luck. I hope he does well in ST and the Cubs trade him to another NL team where he can be successful.

kittle42
01-18-2008, 08:23 PM
I usually hate this line of reasoning on the foreign-born players, but I really think they did sign him to buddy up with Fukudome in spring training and get him acclimated to America, first and foremost. If he makes the club, bonus for them.

goon
01-18-2008, 09:49 PM
http://www.alexthissen.nl/blogs/main/WindowsLiveWriter/TheOfficemeetsMicrosoft_B7CF/brent_smile%5B1%5D.jpg



Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt...

NEXT.

SoxNation05
01-18-2008, 10:44 PM
Why do people keep claiming that the league figured Shingo out? No one "figured him out." Shingo couldn't throw a strike, so he got behind in the count and had to toss that "frisbee" over the middle of the plate, which the hitters just sat on. Any major league pitcher, regardless of what kind of stuff he has, isn't going to be successful if he's always working from behind in the count.

I hate the Cubs, but I wish Shingo luck. I hope he does well in ST and the Cubs trade him to another NL team where he can be successful.
Well put.

ksimpson14
01-19-2008, 12:17 AM
Et tu, Shingo?

gobears1987
01-19-2008, 12:51 AM
Now we just need to send them Sisco and the rest of our 2005 bullpen bums.

CLR01
01-19-2008, 02:08 AM
Can he even pitch anymore? Isn't he in his late, late 30's now?

The guy throws in the 50's-70's, he can do that into his 50's. Good luck Shingo.

Frater Perdurabo
01-19-2008, 06:52 AM
Now we just need to send them Sisco and the rest of our 2005 bullpen bums.

:?:

No one in the 2005 bullpen was a bum. Marte was the worst, but even his 2005 season would have been welcome in the 2006 or 2007 bullpens, both of which sucked. Politte, Cotts, Hermanson all had career years in 2005, Vizcaino was solid, and Jenks was great down the stretch.

Railsplitter
01-19-2008, 07:41 AM
I knew it would take a dumb move by the Cubs to get me post at WTS during the off season. :wink:

pierzynski07
01-19-2008, 10:52 AM
I knew it would take a dumb move by the Cubs to get me post at WTS during the off season. :wink:
Minor League deals like this tend to do that.

Jerome
01-19-2008, 08:13 PM
I love Shingo, hope he does well. This will give me reason to watch a Cub game now and again, when he's pitching anyways.

russ99
01-20-2008, 01:25 PM
He was with the Mets before going back to Japan, and they caught on if I remember correctly.

Yup, you do.

He was decent for the Mets for about a month, then all the NL hitters figured out what the AL hitters already knew.

Also, his numbers in Japan last season were pretty bad. Shingo may stick in AAA, but the entire Cubs bulllpen would need to get injured before he'd get a significant role with the big club.

Hey, it could happen... :D:

bnlfanmatt
01-20-2008, 04:02 PM
:?:

No one in the 2005 bullpen was a bum. Marte was the worst, but even his 2005 season would have been welcome in the 2006 or 2007 bullpens, both of which sucked. Politte, Cotts, Hermanson all had career years in 2005, Vizcaino was solid, and Jenks was great down the stretch.

Don't you remember... the 2005 bullpen was so bad they didn't want to go to them in the ALCS, and hence they only pitched 2/3 of an inning in the whole series?

WizardsofOzzie
01-20-2008, 07:58 PM
Now we just need to send them Sisco and the rest of our 2007 bullpen bums.

Fixed that for you

lizard6king6
01-20-2008, 09:17 PM
Just the wrong side.......

http://www.rotoworld.com/content/HeadLines.aspx?sport=MLB&hl=228210

Cubs signed RHP Shingo Takatsu to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Even the Chad Fox signing was more likely that this. Mr. Zero had a terrific 2004 in his first year in the U.S., but he was a bust in 2005 and he spent the last two years back in Japan, finishing with ERAs of 2.74 in 42 2/3 IP in 2006 and 6.17 in 23 1/3 IP last season. It's unlikely his assortment of soft stuff will allow him to succeed in the majors at age 39. Jan. 18 - 4:13 pm et

Sockinchisox
01-20-2008, 09:18 PM
http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=96781

lizard6king6
01-20-2008, 09:21 PM
My fault.... Too lazy to look, i barely look under whats the score section :) Thanks for moving it though :)

PatK
01-21-2008, 11:21 AM
Why do people keep claiming that the league figured Shingo out? No one "figured him out." Shingo couldn't throw a strike, so he got behind in the count and had to toss that "frisbee" over the middle of the plate, which the hitters just sat on. Any major league pitcher, regardless of what kind of stuff he has, isn't going to be successful if he's always working from behind in the count.

I hate the Cubs, but I wish Shingo luck. I hope he does well in ST and the Cubs trade him to another NL team where he can be successful.

You are absolutely correct.

No one "figured" him out. His control got crappy.

When a guy has the ability to change 30mph from pitch to pitch, nobody is figuring him out, unless they know what's coming.

With Shingo, that was the case, and it was caused by his total loss of control.

A.T. Money
01-21-2008, 11:38 AM
Was anyone at that game vs. the Cubs when Shingo came in and struck out 2 of 3 and the jumbo-tron showed Godzilla burning Tokyo down with all the gongs and stuff? I laughed for 2 hours after that...the Sox didn't do it again after that because some people complained about it being offensive. I thought it was great!

ksimpson14
03-11-2008, 09:41 PM
As Hawk would say after a frisbee, 'he gone'

Huisj
03-11-2008, 10:42 PM
As Hawk would say after a frisbee, 'he gone'

I read that on ESPN's spring training blog. They called him "Closer Shingo Takatsu".

Nellie_Fox
03-11-2008, 11:43 PM
As Hawk would say after a frisbee, 'he gone'You brought back a two-month-old thread for this?

jkrohn
03-12-2008, 10:24 AM
Maybe he bumped it because he got released yesterday :scratch:

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=151327

BainesHOF
03-12-2008, 12:22 PM
A quick story about chasing down an elusive Shingo autograph...

I'm collecting single-signed World Series balls of all players who played even one game for us in 2005, along with all coaches, broadcasters and even Reinsdorf and Einhorn. In any case, Shingo was going to be a tough one because it obviously was going to be very difficult to get him in Japan.

And then the Cubs brought him into camp as a non-roster invitee.

I sent him a ball with a letter written in Japanese thanks to a translating program I found on the Internet. But when a couple weeks went by and I hadn't heard back from him, I was getting worried after he gave up a couple bombs in his first two appearances. With an ERA of 13.50, I knew he was going to be released soon.

Desperate, I wrote a letter to Fukudome's translator and sent it along with a ball, asking if he could please do me a big favor and have Shingo sign it for me since I don't know Japanese. A week later, I received a perfectly signed Shingo ball. Not only did he add his #10 as I'm having each player include his number, but he signed his complete last name. Usually he just signs "Shingo T."

I received the ball in the mail. On Tuesday, Shingo got released, probably to return to Japan for the rest of his life. I got very luck on that one.

Now I'm down to Casanova, Widger, Borchard and Cora.

WhiteSox5187
03-12-2008, 03:32 PM
I liked Shingo, it's too bad. He was like 38 when he came here though, had he been younger he could have been good for a long time.

The Critic
03-12-2008, 03:41 PM
I really like Shingo, too, but he was figured out and once that happens, it's over.
He'll always be the highlight of 2004 for me.
Came thisclose to getting myself a Takatsu #10 jersey, in fact.

Hokiesox
03-12-2008, 05:41 PM
I saw him on G4TV last night on the Japanese gameshow Banzuke!

He failed on some seesaw thing.