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February 11, 2004

Remember That English

Baseball player Tsuyoshi Shinjo might have to use his English after all. A former outfielder for the Hanshin Tigers, San Francisco Giants and New York Mets, Shinjo is back playing in Japan again. He's shagging fly balls in practice for the upcoming season with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. "It's great to be able to speak Japanese again," Shinjo said. "I didn't think I'd have to worry about English until I realized our manager is American." The Fighters, who recently moved from Tokyo to Hokkaido and are managed by American Trey Hillman, hope the popular and charismatic Shinjo will boost the team at the gate and in the standings.

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