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Giants Sign Shingo

by Patrick Newman (Jun 15, 2009)

One year ago, I started this blog with a post about Shingo Takatsu signing with the Woori Heroes of Korea. Interestingly, year two of NPB Tracker starts (partially) with the news of Shingo's minor league contract with the Giants.

According to reports published by Sponichi and Nikkan Sports, Shingo hung around in the Giants extended camp in Arizona after his May tryout with the team. After a physical and some other checks, the Giants signed him to a minor league contract. After the visa paperwork clears he's expected to join AAA Fresno.

Nikkan Sports quotes Shingo as saying: "the number one thing is that I'm relieved. I don't feel any differently, but at this age it's difficult to challenge (a comeback) without the cooperation of those around me. I've caused a lot of bother so I want to do my very best for those who have supported me".

The Giants also have Keiichi Yabu in their AAA bullpen.


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