Baseball Think Factory directs us to one of the more disturbing yet strangely sublime stories in recent memory: Former Mets outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo announced his retirement from the Nippon Ham Fighters yesterday, just a year after returning from an ugly stint in the major leagues. (And we're not just talking about the orange leggings.)
What's Shinjo gonna do with his free time now? Oh, you don't want to know.
"Actually, Shinjo's thinking about releasing a collection of nude photos. Straight after he announced his retirement, the president of a major talent agency Shinjo is expected to join on his retirement called the player and said, 'If you're gonna do nude stuff, let me look after it for you.' And, as a bit of an extra for his real fans, there's also talk of Shinjo and his wife doing a nude shot together." Motoji Takasu, a publishing company producer, told Shukan Gendai.
As far as post-athletic ventures go, we don't think this is much stranger anything Darren Daulton's doing ... but then again, at least Daulton — the one from this particularly space-time continuum, anyway — is keeping his schlong sheathed. You do not know how difficult it is right now not to make a Kaz Tadano joke.
Shinjo Leaves The Ballpark For A Quiet Life Of Nude Modelling [Baseball Think Factory]