Hey, check out commercial star and professional baseball-tosser So Taguchi.
Taguchi hit an eye-squintingly .290 for the Cardinals in 2007 as a utility outfielder, then joined the 2008 Phillies right around Christmas. His deal included an option for 2009, which was good. That it was an option, I mean. Because his batting average dropped 70 points and his OPS exploded into smithereens and those smithereens couldn't even accidentally get on base.
He went 0-for-4 in the NLCS against the Dodgers, then was not allowed near the plate during the World Series. The Phillies released him, shortly after he got his World Series ring, and not before he was targeted for a cover story in Philly Weekly.
A forgotten bench player in one of Philadelphia's most unforgettable seasons, he's one of those guys you see on the old roster during nostalgic trips back to that magical, horrifying autumn, who makes you go, "I don't know who that man is."
Well, Taguchi - an effective career hitter, actually, mind you - is doing just fine, thanks; bringing World Series baseball to millions.
Among the retired players broadcasting this game in their native languages: Pudge Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui and So Taguchi.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 24, 2013