In a player who symbolized style over substance his entire career on two continents, Tsuyoshi Shinjo announced that he will retire from professional baseball at the end of the 2006 season.
SHINJO (using the name he officially goes by on scoreboards in Japan, please use all caps), has never been particularly good on either side of the Pacific. Nevertheless, he was very popular in Japan and when the Nippon Ham Fighters moved to Sapporo and became the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, they made SHINJO the focus of their marketing campaign.
Shinjo was the first Japanese player to participate in a World Series game, going 1 for 6 for the Giants in the 2002 World Series. Hideki Irabu was on the Yankees roster for the postseason for parts of 1998 and 1999, but did not appear in the World Series either time.