|Tsuyoshi "BIGBOSS" Shinjo|
|Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – No. 1|
|Outfielder / Manager|
|Born: January 28, 1972|
Tsushima, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
|NPB: September 10, 1991, for the Hanshin Tigers|
|MLB: April 3, 2001, for the New York Mets|
|MLB: June 27, 2003, for the New York Mets|
|NPB: October 26, 2006, for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters|
|Runs batted in||716|
|Runs batted in||100|
|Career highlights and awards|
Tsuyoshi Shinjo (新庄 剛志, Shinjō Tsuyoshi), also known as BIGBOSS (ビッグボス, Biggubosu), is a former Japanese professional baseball outfielder and current manager for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). Born on January 28, 1972, Shinjo is the second Japanese-born position player to play a Major League Baseball (and the first in the National League) game and was the first Japanese-born player to appear in the World Series.
Born in Tsushima, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan and raised in Minami-ku, Fukuoka, he played for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan from 1990 until 2000, then for Major League Baseball's New York Mets and San Francisco Giants. In 2002, he became the first Japan-born player to play in the World Series, where he went 1 for 6 with three strikeouts. He ended his three-year stint in American baseball by being demoted to AAA after hitting .193 for the first half of the 2003 season. He returned to Japan and played for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters from 2004 until 2006. He is known for his flamboyance, colorful wristbands, dyed hair, and a unique hop as he catches the ball. His uniqueness has endeared him to baseball fans and has made him one of the most popular players in the Japanese leagues despite not being in the echelon of elite active players. In fact, his popularity was what kept him off the bench during his stint with the Tigers when manager Katsuya Nomura tried to turn him into a pitcher on the rotation rather than risk his team with his mediocre play.
Shinjo ended his career in storybook fashion. Playing for years on losing teams in Hanshin and despite playing in the 2002 World Series alongside Giants legend Barry Bonds, Shinjo showed emotion and shed tears as his final game crowned him a champion as he was a member of the Fighters squad that won their first Japan Series title since 1962 with a 4 games to 1 series win over the Chunichi Dragons. As Shinjo took the field for the top of the ninth inning in the final game, he was given a standing ovation from the home crowd. Before the inning began, he was visibly emotional. Although the final play was only close to him (left fielder Hichori Morimoto caught the final ball) the cameras all showed only Shinjo's dramatic reaction. Traditionally, the players toss the manager in the air for series wins first, but the players tossed Shinjo in the air first instead of manager Trey Hillman.
Shinjo is now a television celebrity in Japan as well as a model for his own line of clothing. He has also won the maximum 10,000,000 JPY prize in a celebrity edition of the Japanese version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Kuizu $ Mirionea.
In October, 2021, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters announced Shinjo will be the manager of the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters for the upcoming season. With his hiring, this gave him the nickname, "Big Boss" or "Big Boss Shinjo" by fans, due to his celebrity status and his fun, over the top, unorthodox, clubhouse atmosphere. He was also hired by the Fighters to replace longtime manager Hideki Kuriyama, who became the manager of Samurai Japan at the end of the season.
The success of the nickname made him register himself as BIGBOSS, and on March 24, 2022, just a few days before Opening Day, NPB officially approved BIGBOSS as his registered name for the 2022 season.
During the current 2022 season, Shinjo became well known for entering the field in a home game against the Saitama Seibu Lions in a hoverbike. He also entered his first ever home game as manager, as SB Nation described it, "straight out of wrestling". He also showed up to spring training in a three-wheeled motorcycle. He also has his own jersey with his registered name replacing the nameplate of the Fighters.
Japanese baseball stats
- ^ Metropolis – Sports – Tsuyoshi Shinjo and Kazuhiro Kiyohara
- ^ "44年ぶりＶ！新庄泣きっぱなし". nikkansports.com (in Japanese).
- ^ "新庄剛志 バリ島で悠々自適のフリーダム生活" (in Japanese). Asagei+plus. December 20, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
- ^ "日本ハム新監督に新庄剛志氏、球団が正式発表". asahi.com (in Japanese).
- ^ "Unprecedented registered name "BIGBOSS", NPB confirms terms and conditions and says "it is not in conflict with the rules"". Daily Sports Japan (via Yahoo Japan News) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2022-03-30.
- ^ "Forget the bullpen cart, Nippon-Ham Fighters manager Tsuyoshi "BIG BOSS" Shinjo just entered the game on a freaking hovercraft". The Loop. Retrieved 2022-05-24.
- ^ Dator, James (2022-03-25). "This Japanese baseball legend got an entrance straight out of wrestling". SBNation.com. Retrieved 2022-05-24.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball Reference (Minors)
- Nippon Professional Baseball career statistics from JapaneseBaseball.com
- Tsuyoshi Shinjo, JapaneseBallPlayers.com
- 1972 births
- Brooklyn Cyclones players
- Hanshin Tigers players
- Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters managers
- Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters players
- Japanese expatriate baseball players in the United States
- Japanese expatriates in Indonesia
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- Living people
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- Major League Baseball players from Japan
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- New York Mets players
- Nippon Professional Baseball outfielders
- Baseball people from Fukuoka (city)
- Baseball people from Nagasaki Prefecture
- San Francisco Giants players