Over at Hardball Talk, Craig Calcaterra passes along video of Ichiro pitching in an NPB All-Star Game in 1996. It’s incredibly impressive, but Ichiro’s got nothing on Tsuyoshi Shinjo.
This is apparently from a pre-game ceremony after Shinjo retired and not actual game action, though anyone who speaks Japanese is welcome to chime in with more details. Most importantly, Shinjo’s uniform number is just a picture of his face. Also, he’s wearing an amazing glove:
TIP: If you’re ever bored at work and there’s not enough on TedQuarters to satisfy you, check out some of the commercials Shinjo has starred in. Actually, just subscribe to YouTube’s Tsuyoshi Shinjo channel. CAMEO APPEARANCE: Benny Agbayani.