After a very successful career in Japan as a closer for the Yakult Swallows Shingo Takatsu decided to try his luck in the United States. After an unsuccessful stint with the Chicago White Sox he was released in middle of the 2005 season. The Mets decided to take a chance and signed him as a free agent on August 12. After a brief stint in the minors with the Norfolk Tides he made his Mets debut on September 3rd against the Florida Marlins pitching 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 5-4 defeat. Takatsu finished the season pitching in nine games posting a 1-0 record with a 2.35 ERA. Despite his modest success with the Mets he was granted free agency following the season and was not resigned. He returned to Japan to finish out his career.
While with the Mets Takatsu wore number 10.
Shingo Takatsu also played for the Chicago White Sox in 2004 and 2005.