Bobby Valentine, who conducted at Mets and Lotte, welcomes the appointment of Tsuyoshi Shinjo, the “Big Boss” of Nippon Ham.
“Great news,” Valentine told me about Shinjo at his home in Stamford, Connecticut.
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[Shinjo is an excellent eventer]
“It’s good for Japanese baseball, and I think it will have a positive impact on American baseball. Shinjo is an excellent eventer, but he loves baseball and conducts while raising the interest of fans. I think he will be one of the few who can help to liven up the baseball world. “
Valentine understands the importance of that balance more than anyone else. After being sent off in a match, I put on a beard and went to the bench, ballroom dancing on the bench, and so on.
He rebuilt Mets, who had lost for six consecutive years, and led to the World Series in 2000. In 2005, Lotte achieved the number one position in Japan for the first time in 31 years.
Valentine, who was watching the video of the director’s inauguration interview, talked about Shinjo’s appearance in a wine red jacket, pants, and a white shirt with an oversized collar.
“It was a cool appearance. I was envious of that flashy appearance. If I was confident that I would wear the same clothes, I would like to appear at the meeting in that style. The atmosphere and coolness of Shinjo Brings a new twist to the ball world. He was cheerful and enjoyed being with him, but it was really disappointing that he was teaching too short. “
Mets, who advanced to the World Series in 2000, signed a contract with Shinjo, who exercised FA rights from Japan to reinforce his strength. He wore the same uniform only in 2001, but when Bobby became Lotte’s manager from 2004, Shinjo returned to the Japanese baseball world as a Nippon-Ham player. He fought as a rival until 2006 when he retired.