This Day in White Sox History: Sox sign Iguchi

This Day in White Sox History: Sox sign Iguchi
Tadahito Iguchi’s defensive gem on April 15, 2006.

January 27, 2005 - So who needs scouts (just joking). Sox GM Kenny Williams signed Japanese second baseman Tadahito Iguchi after watching video tape on him. Iguchi turned into a very solid second baseman and second hitter in the lineup - delivering defense, home runs and RBIs to a team that would go on to take the World Series.

Iguchi's three run home run in Game 2 of the 2005 ALDS turned the game and that series around against Boston and then the following year in 2006 his single in the 19th inning on July 9 beat the Red Sox 6-5. That game was tied for the fifth longest in franchise history.

On April 15 of that same year he turned in one of the most incredible defensive plays in MLB history throwing out the Blue Jays Bengie Molina in the 9th inning of a 4-2 White Sox win. Iguchi threw the ball to first base sailing horizontally off the ground and from a most unusual throwing angle.

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