FORT MYERS, Fla. -- One of the most popular Cardinals of recent years dropped by to see his old team on Tuesday.
Outfielder So Taguchi, who played for St. Louis from 2002-07, retired last year at the age of 43. He spent the last years of his career in Japan after playing in the United States through '09, winning World Series rings with both the Cardinals ('06) and Phillies ('08).
He's now beginning a job with NHK television in Japan, where he will serve as a studio analyst for Major League Baseball games. Taguchi and his crew visited a variety of camps in Florida before heading to Arizona. He was greeted warmly by several members of the Cardinals' organization, as well as by Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino, his teammate in Philadelphia.
Taguchi may be best known to Cardinals fans for his home run in Game 2 of the 2006 National League Championship Series. He and his family live in Kobe, Japan.