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Encyclopedia > Daisuke Matsuzaka
Daisuke Matsuzaka
松坂 大輔

Matsuzaka during Spring Training
Boston Red Sox — No. 18
Starting Pitcher
Born: September 13, 1980 (1980-09-13) (age 27)
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
Major League Baseball debut
April 52007 for the Boston Red Sox
Selected MLB statistics
(through September 22, 2007)
Win-Loss     15-12
Earned Run Average     4.40
Strikeouts     201
Teams

Daisuke Matsuzaka (松坂 大輔 Matsuzaka Daisuke?, born September 13, 1980) (pronounced "Dice K") is a Japanese starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. He previously played for the Seibu Lions in Japan's Pacific League. He was selected the MVP of the 2006 World Baseball Classic and is an Olympic bronze medalist[1]. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 375 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (834 × 1332 pixel, file size: 388 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Daisuke Matsuzaka User... In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... In Major League Baseball, a win (denoted W) is generally credited to the pitcher for the winning team who was in the game when they last took the lead. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... For the typographical mode indicating deleted text, see Strikethrough. ... The Seibu Lions ) are a professional baseball team in Japans Pacific League. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... The Seibu Lions ) are a professional baseball team in Japans Pacific League. ... The Pacific League (パシフィック・リーグ Pashifikku Riigu) is one of Japans two major professional baseball leagues (the other is the Central League). ... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... The 2006 World Baseball Classic was the inaugural tournament between national baseball teams that included players from Major League Baseball. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... A bronze medal is a medal awarded to the third place finisher of contests (typically athletics competitions) such as the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, etc. ...

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Biography

Early life and high school days

He was born on September 13, 1980, in Kanita, Higashitsugaru District, Aomori, Japan. Aomori is his mother's hometown. After a month, he moved to his father's home in Koto, Tokyo, so his player profile says he is from Tokyo even though he was born in Aomori. After excelling at the Little League and junior high level, Daisuke Matsuzaka was admitted into Yokohama High School, a baseball powerhouse, in the spring of 1996. By his second year (Japanese high schools consist of three years), he had developed into the school's ace pitcher. Despite his early success, he would experience a setback that summer when he allowed a go-ahead wild pitch in the semi-final game of the Kanagawa Prefecture preliminary round of the National High School Baseball Championship (Summer Koshien). Hungry for redemption, Matsuzaka trained fervently during the off-season. It was about that time that his fastballs started to regularly clock in at around 90 mph (140 km/h) and he was given the nickname, "The Monster". After easily pitching his school to the championship of the National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament (Spring Koshien), Matsuzaka set his aim on the 1998 Summer Koshien. He would go on to become a national hero in this tournament after pitching in three particularly memorable games, and, eventually, leading his school to the championship. is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Kanita (蟹田町; -machi) is a town located in Higashitsugaru District, Aomori, Japan. ... Higashitsugaru (東津軽郡; -gun) is a district located in Aomori, Japan. ... Aomori Prefecture ) is located in the Tōhoku Region of Japan. ... Location of Kōtō-ku in Tokyo. ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... Little League Baseball - Logo Little League pitcher in Winesburg, Ohio Little League, Wayne, Michigan Little League Baseball is the name of a non-profit organization in the United States which organizes local childrens leagues of baseball and softball throughout the USA and the rest of the world. ... In baseball, a wild pitch (WP) is charged to a pitcher when a pitch is too high, too low, or too wide of home plate for the catcher to field capably, thereby allowing one or more runners to advance or to score. ... Kanagawa Prefecture ) is a prefecture located in the southern Kantō region of HonshÅ«, Japan. ... The National High School Baseball Championship (全国高等学校野球選手権大会 zenkoku kōtō gakkō yakyÅ« senshuken taikai) of Japan, commonly known as Summer Kōshien (夏の甲子園 natsu no kōshien), is an annual nationwide high school baseball tournament. ... Hanshin Kōshien Stadium (阪神甲子園球場, Hanshin Kōshien KyÅ«jō) is a baseball park located near Kobe in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. ... The National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament (選抜高等学校野球大会 senbatsu kōtō gakkō yakyÅ« taikai) of Japan, commonly known as Spring Kōshien (春の甲子園 haru no kōshien) or Senbatsu (選抜), is an annual high school baseball tournament. ... Hanshin Kōshien Stadium (阪神甲子園球場, Hanshin Kōshien KyÅ«jō) is a baseball park located near Kobe in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. ... Hanshin Kōshien Stadium (阪神甲子園球場, Hanshin Kōshien KyÅ«jō) is a baseball park located near Kobe in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. ...


Baseball players who were born in the 1980 academic year (from April 2, 1980 to the following April 1, 1981) have been called the Matsuzaka generation (松坂世代 Matsuzaka sedai?) in Japan. is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


The legendary 3 days at the 1998 summer Koshien

In the quarterfinal of that year's Summer Koshien, Matsuzaka threw 250 pitches in 17 innings in a win over powerhouse PL Gakuen. (The previous day he had thrown a 148-pitch complete game shutout.) The next day through trailing 6-0 in the top of the eighth inning, the team miraculously won the game by scoring 7 runs in the last two innings (four in the eighth and three in the ninth). In that game he started in left field, but came in as a reliever in the ninth inning to record the win in 15 pitches. In the final, he threw a no-hitter, the second ever in a final. This performance not only elevated him to rock star status but also garnered him the attention of many scouts. After graduating from high school, he was taken by the Seibu Lions with the first pick of the 1998 draft, although both the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks of the American Major Leagues also recruited him heavily.[2] In baseball and softball, a no-hit game (more commonly known as a no-hitter) refers to a contest in which one of the teams has prevented the other from getting an official hit during the entire length of the game, which must be at least 9 innings by the... Professional sports scouts are trained talent evaluators who travel extensively for the purposes of watching athletes play their chosen sports and determining whether their set of skills and talents represent what is needed by the scouts organization. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Other nicknames The Rocks, The Rox, Blake Street Bombers, Hurdles Heroes. ... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) West Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–present) Other nicknames The D-backs, The Snakes Ballpark Chase Field (1998–present) a. ...


Before the pro draft in Japan, Matsuzaka officially stated to the press that he did not want to play for any team besides the Yokohama BayStars or possibly the Yomiuri Giants. If any other team drafted him, Matsuzaka stated that he would go to college then choose the team of his choice through the reverse-draft/gyaku-shimei system. Thus, when the Seibu Lions earned the exclusive rights to negotiate with him, Matsuzaka was prepared to turn them down. That changed however, when the manager of the Lions, Osamu Higashio, an accomplished pitcher in his own right, met with Matsuzaka for dinner and gave his winning ball for career win number 200. Matsuzaka accepted it and allowed himself to be drafted by the Lions. The Yokohama BayStars ) are a professional baseball team in the Japanese Central League. ... The Yomiuri Giants ) are one of the popular Central League baseball teams based at the Tokyo Dome in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan. ... Osamu Higashio ) (b. ...


Professional career in Nippon Professional Baseball

Matsuzaka won his first official pro game in his first start of the 1999 season against the Nippon Ham Fighters at the Tokyo Dome. His first career strikeout came against Kataoka Atsushi in the first inning on a high fastball clocked at 155 km/h. Later in the same game, sparks flew when Matsuzaka pitched high and inside to an opposing batter who then started to charge the mound because he thought the 18 year old was showing him up. Fellow Lions pitcher Denny protected Matsuzaka from any harm and screamed a few expletives at the batter for good measure. The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters (北海道日本ハムファイターズ) are a professional baseball team in Japans Pacific League. ... Tokyo Dome Baseball at the Tokyo Dome The Tokyo Dome and the amusement park Tokyo Dome City Attractions. ...


On May 16, 1999, when Matsuzaka was in his rookie season at age 18, he first faced Ichiro Suzuki, a star playing for the Orix Bluewave at the time, and recorded 3 strikeouts in 3 at bats with a walk[3]: the first on a fast-ball looking, the next on a high slider swinging, then last on a high fastball swinging. Matsuzaka states that this game was the moment he started to believe that he "belonged" in pro baseball. However, Ichiro would get a bit of revenge on Matsuzaka by hitting his 100th career homurun off him in July of that year (footage below). is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Ichiro Suzuki ), often known simply as Ichiro ), is a Japanese outfielder for the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team. ... The Orix BlueWave (オリックスブルーウェーブ) is a baseball team in Kōbe, Japan, that plays in the Pacific League. ...


Matsuzaka would start in the All-Star game as a rookie in 1999, and there was much speculation that he would strike out 9 straight batters just as several great pitchers did before him, such as Yutaka Enatsu. Popular comdey duo Downtown's Masatoshi Hamada even showed up as a guest in the broadcast booth to cheer Matsuzka on. However, he only struck out Takuro Ishii and Takanori Suzuki of the Bay Stars before number three hitter Yoshinobu Takahashi of the Giants managed to make contact and fly out to left field. Yutaka Enatsu , born May 15, 1948) is a former Japanese pitcher. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Central business district. ... Masatoshi Hamada , born May 11, 1963) is a Japanese comedian best known as the tsukkomi half of the extremely popular owarai duo Downtown alongside Hitoshi Matsumoto. ... Takuro Ishii (Ishii Takuro, 石井琢朗; born August 25, 1970, came from Sano, Tochigi Japan) is a professional baseball player. ... Yoshinobu Takahashi (高橋 由伸, born April 3, 1975) is a professional baseball player from Chiba, Japan. ...


In his first professional season in 1999, Matsuzaka had 16 wins and 5 losses as the team ace, and was voted Rookie of the Year. Another rookie pitcher in the rival Central League, Koji Uehara, also won the same honor with a 20-win season. Together, they would come to represent their respective leagues as dominant starting pitchers for seasons to come. In Major League Baseball, a win (denoted W) is generally credited to the pitcher for the winning team who was in the game when they last took the lead. ... See also: Central League (football) The Central League (セントラル・リーグ Sentoraru Riigu) is one of Japans two major professional baseball leagues (the other is the Pacific League). ... Koji Uehara (born April 3rd, 1975 in Neyagawa, Osaka) is a right handed pitcher for the Yomiuri Tokyo Giants. ...


Matsuzaka gave up his first pro home run in a Spring training game to Taiho Yasuaki of the Hanshin Tigers in 1999. The first home run he gave up in an official game was to Michihiro Ogasawara of the Nippon Ham Fighters. Both came on high fastballs. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Michihiro Ogasawara ) (born October 25, 1973 in Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan) is a professional baseball player for the Yomiuri Giants and formerly of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters from 1997 to 2006. ...


In 2000, Matsuzaka had 14 wins and 7 losses. He had 15 wins and 15 losses in his 2001 season and won the Sawamura Award. The Sawamura Award is given to the top pitcher in Japanese baseball each year. ...


Matsuzaka spent a considerable portion of his 2002 season on the disabled list, which did not count toward his service time. He wasn't able to regain his pitching form in the 2002 Japan Series, when the Lions faced the Giants. In Game 1 at Tokyo Dome, where the designated hitter rule is not allowed, Matsuzaka batted 7th in the lineup to take advantage of his above-average hitting for a pitcher. However, not only did Matsuzaka not fare well at the plate in this game, but he also helped the Giants to a rout by giving up two key home runs. One was to extremely popular Giants first baseman Kazuhiro Kiyohara, who hit a middle-of-the-plate Matsuzaka fastball off one of the billboards at the back of the left field stands (That footage can be seen in the external links section). Matsuzaka would give up another key RBI to Kiyohara in game 4 in relief, as the Lions were meekly swept by the Giants in the series. In baseball, the disabled list (a. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... Kazuhiro Kiyohara (born August 18, 1967 in Osaka) is a first baseman for the Orix Buffaloes in Japans Nippon Professional Baseball. ... RBI is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, including Reserve Bank of India Run batted in, in baseball Radio Berlin International This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


In 2003, Matsuzaka logged 16 wins and 7 losses. He easily won the Pacific League ERA title with a 2.83 mark. Matsuzaka used to play for Japan's National Baseball Team, and pitched against South Korea. In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


2004 Olympic Games and the World Baseball Classic

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He participated in the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece and was a key player in Japan winning the bronze medal. Baseball at the Summer Olympics had its official debut at the 1992 Summer Olympics and has been contested in 4 Olympiads. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... The ceremony for the lighting of the flame is arranged as a pagan pageant, with priestesses dancing. ... Baseball at the 2004 Summer Olympics was held on two separate diamonds within the Helliniko Olympic Complex, from August 15 to August 25. ... The ceremony for the lighting of the flame is arranged as a pagan pageant, with priestesses dancing. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ...


In 2006, Matsuzaka pitched for Japan in the inaugural World Baseball Classic. He was crowned the MVP of the first ever World Baseball Classic after Team Japan defeated Team Cuba 10-6 in the finals. Matsuzaka, the winner of the finale, frustrated his opposition by tossing 4 innings of 1 run baseball before exiting. Overall, Matsuzaka pitched a total of 13 innings throughout the tournament while finishing with 3 wins and no losses. The 2006 World Baseball Classic was the inaugural tournament between national baseball teams that included players from Major League Baseball. ... The World Baseball Classic, sometimes abbreviated WBC, is an international baseball tournament, first held in March 2006. ... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... The World Baseball Classic, sometimes abbreviated WBC, is an international baseball tournament, first held in March 2006. ... Team Japan is a wrestling faction that was brought together as a part of Total Nonstop Action Wrestlings World X Cup Tournament. ... The Cuba national baseball team is the national team of Cuba. ...


Awards in Japan

1999 Pacific League Rookie of the Year (Sai-Yushyu-Shinjin), Best Nine, Gold Glove, Wins champion of the Pacific League
2000 Best Nine, Gold Glove, Strikeouts and Wins champion of the Pacific League
2001 Sawamura Award, Best Nine, Gold Glove, Strikeouts and Wins champion of the Pacific League
2003 Gold Glove, ERA champion of the Pacific League(2.83), Strikeouts champion of the year
2004 Gold Glove, ERA champion of the Pacific League(2.90)
2005 Gold Glove, Strikeouts champion of the year
2006 Gold Glove
All-Star Game of Nippon Professional Baseball 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 (MVP), 2005, 2006

The Best Nine Award is one of the awards given to players in Nippon Professional Baseball. ... The Sawamura Award is given to the top pitcher in Japanese baseball each year. ... Part of the History of baseball series. ...

Major League transition

On October 25, 2006, Scott Boras was announced as Matsuzaka's agent to represent him in any contract dealings in the Major Leagues. On November 2, Matsuzaka was officially granted permission by the Lions to pursue a career in Major League Baseball via the posting system. is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Scott Boras (born November 2, 1952 in Elk Grove, California, USA) is a sports agent for professional baseball players. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The posting system is a transfer system for baseball players moving from a Japanese baseball team to a Major League Baseball team. ...


On November 14, the Boston Red Sox won the bidding rights to Matsuzaka with a bid of $51,111,111.11, outbidding the Texas Rangers, New York Mets, and New York Yankees. [4] [5] [6] The Red Sox had 30 days to sign Matsuzaka to a contract. If a deal could not be reached, Matsuzaka would have returned to the Lions, nullifying the bid. Scott Boras refused to consider the posting fee as part of the contract negotiations, while Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein recalled, "We tried to come up with a total number, for the post and contract, that made sense."[7] On December 11, Epstein, Red Sox owner John W. Henry and CEO Larry Lucchino boarded a plane to "[take] the fight directly to [Boras]". [8] Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe asserted that Boras, by refusing to negotiate, was using Matsuzaka as a protest or "test case of the posting system."[8] is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26, 34, 42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Other nicknames None in common use Ballpark Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (1994–present) a. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (current) (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Theo N. Epstein (born December 29, 1973 in New York City) is the Executive Vice President/General Manager of the Boston Red Sox. ... is the 345th day of the year (346th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... John W Henry. ... Lawrence Lucchino, (born 6 September 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is the current President and C.E.O. of the Boston Red Sox, and a member of John W. Henrys ownership group. ... The Boston Globe is the most widely-circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and in the greater New England region. ... The posting system is a transfer system for baseball players moving from a Japanese baseball team to a Major League Baseball team. ...


On December 13, Matsuzaka and Boras joined Red Sox GM Theo Epstein, CEO Larry Lucchino, and Chairman Tom Werner on a private plane owned by Red Sox owner John Henry headed for Boston. During the flight—which was followed by both the Boston and the Japanese media [9]—the group agreed to terms on a contract. Journalist Nobuhiro Chiba characterized Japanese reaction to the signing: "I think the people are relieved to send Daisuke to the Boston Red Sox."[9] In Boston, Matsuzaka passed his physical and signed the six-year, $52 million contract, which could be worth as much as $60 million if he fulfills incentives. The details of the contract include a $2 million signing bonus with a $6 million salary in 2007, $8 million in each of the following three seasons (2008–2010), and $10 million in each of the final two years (2011–2012). [10] He also has a no-trade clause, specially constructed by the Red Sox to fit Matsuzaka's contract. [11] is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Thomas C. Tom Werner (born April 12, 1950 in New Jersey) is an American television producer and businessman. ...


The final agreement was announced Thursday, December 14 at a 5 p.m. EST news conference at Fenway Park.[12] Afterwards some members of the press noted the confusion created by Matsuzaka's translator at that announcement. Art Martone of the Providence Journal commented, "Matsuzaka’s interpreter’s command of the English language was shaky, and thus the pitcher’s translated comments were brief and, occasionally, unintelligible. About the only clear statement relayed by the interpreter was when Matsuzaka said, 'I’m very happy and excited to be a member of the Boston Red Sox.'"[13] is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ... Fenway redirects here. ... The Providence Journal is a daily newspaper serving the metropolitan area of Providence, Rhode Island. ... For other uses, see Interpretation (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


Matsuzaka's first major league spring training took place in Fort Myers, Florida, with the Red Sox during February and March of 2007. Wearing number 18, the same number he wore during his career in Japan[14], Matsuzaka pitched well in most of his exhibition starts. He wears number 18 because Masumi Kuwata also wears number 18.[15] A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ... Fort Myers is a city located in Lee County, Florida. ... Kuwata Masumi (桑田 真澄,born 1 April 1968 in Yao, Osaka,Japan) is a Japanese righthanded baseball pitcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball. ...


Major League career

Matsuzaka made his first major league regular season start for the Red Sox on April 5, 2007 in an afternoon game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. He walked one, recorded 10 strikeouts, and at one point retired 10 consecutive batters. He allowed only a solo home run on 6 hits while throwing 108 pitches (74 for strikes) over 7 innings and recorded the win as the Red Sox triumphed by a score of 4-1. He was, however, beaten 3-0 by Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners in his Fenway Park debut on April 11, 2007 and defeated again, 2-1, by the Toronto Blue Jays in his third major league start despite striking out 10 Toronto hitters in only 6 innings. Matsuzaka still became the only pitcher to strike out 10 or more batters in 2 of his first 3 big-league starts since Fernando Valenzuela did so in 1981. is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Major league affiliations American League (1969–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 10, 20, 42 Name Kansas City Royals (1969–present) Other nicknames The Boys in Blue Ballpark Kauffman Stadium (1973–present) a. ... Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium (formerly Royals Stadium) is a Major League Baseball stadium located in Kansas City, Missouri, and home to the Kansas City Royals of the American League. ... In Major League Baseball, a win (denoted W) is generally credited to the pitcher for the winning team who was in the game when they last took the lead. ... Félix Abraham Hernández (born April 8, 1986 in Valencia, Venezuela) is a baseball starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Other nicknames The Ms Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) King County Domed Stadium (Kingdome) (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) None... is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Other nicknames The Jays Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989–present) a. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


In the official press conference after the Toronto start, Matsuzaka stated through his interpreter that gripping the American baseball—which is slightly larger than the Japanese pro ball, with higher seams—had presented some challenges, but that he had begun making adjustments and felt they were successful. A baseball A baseball is a ball used primarily in the sport of the same name, baseball. ...


Matsuzaka pitched his first complete game in the major leagues on May 14, 2007, a 7-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers; he had pitched well over 60 complete games in Japan. In baseball, a complete game (denoted by CG) is the act of a pitcher pitching an entire game himself, without the benefit of a relief pitcher. ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year (135th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 5, 6, 16, 23, 42, Cobb Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Other nicknames The Motor City Kitties, The Bengals, The Tigs, The Bless You Boys Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999...


Matsuzaka recently signed a multi-million dollar exclusive deal with trading card company Upper Deck. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Upper Deck Company, LLC (colloquially as Upper Deck, Upper Deck Authenticated, Ltd. ...


On August 10, 2007 Matsuzaka broke the Red Sox rookie record for the most strikeouts in a season with 156 strikeouts. He finished the season with 201 strikeouts. is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


On September 28, 2007 Matsuzaka went eight innings and threw 119 pitches. He allowed six hits and two runs while striking out eight. With the win against the Minnesota Twins to secure the Red Sox's place as the winner of the Division, he closed out his first Major League season with a record of 15-12 and an ERA of 4.40. is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


On October 06, 2007 Matsuzaka made his Major League playoff debut in front of his home crowd in Boston against the visiting Los Angeles Angels. Matsuzaka started the game but lasted just 4 and 2/3 innings, giving up 3 earned runs on 7 hits before being pulled. Although Matsuzaka did not fare in the decision, the Red Sox eventually went on to beat the Angels 6-3. October 6 is the 279th day of the year (280th in Leap years). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... The term Los Angeles Angels refers to two professional baseball teams: 1. ...


On October 15, 2007 Matsuzaka started in his 2nd playoff game in Cleveland against the Cleveland Indians. Much like his playoff debut, Matsuzaka delivered another mediocre outing. Again, Matsuzaka was not able to make it past 5 innings, lasting 4 and 2/3 innings, giving up 4 earned runs on 6 hits. Matsuzaka was pulled after going over the 100-pitch mark. Matsuzaka suffered his first career playoff loss as the Indians beat the Red Sox 4-2. is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, 42, 455 Name Cleveland Indians (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) Cleveland Bronchos (1902-1904) Cleveland Blues (1901) Other nicknames The Tribe, The Wahoos Ballpark Jacobs Field (1994–present...


Matsuzaka started and won Game 7 of the 2007 ALCS on October 21, 2007 against the Cleveland Indians, retiring eight consecutive batters to begin the game. Matsuzaka pitched well for 5 innings, allowing 2 runs. The Red Sox won this game 11-2 to advance to the 2007 World Series and face the Colorado Rockies. Matsuzaka is the first Japanese pitcher to win a MLB playoff game and only the fifth rookie to start a game seven in the playoffs. is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Dates: October 24 – October 28, 2007 MVP: Mike Lowell Television: FOX (U.S.), RSN (Canada), NASN (Europe), ESPN Latin America Announcers: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires: Ed Montague, Laz Díaz, Ted Barrett, Chuck Meriwether, Mike Everitt, Mike Reilly[1] ALCS: Boston Red Sox def. ...


On October 27, 2007, he started and won game 3 of the 2007 World Series against the Colorado Rockies, marking his first World Series appearance. In the game, he recorded his first major league hit: a two-out 2-run single off of Josh Fogg. Also pitching, he gave up two runs, three hits, three walks and recorded five strikeouts. Daisuke Matsuzaka is the third pitcher in Boston Red Sox franchise history to record two RBI's in a World Series game. The last person to accomplish that feat was Babe Ruth in game 4 of the 1918 World Series. The other was Cy Young. Boston won that game 10-5 over the Rockies. Matsuzaka is also the first Japanese pitcher in World Series history to start and win a World Series game.[16] On October 28, 2007, the Red sox won the 2007 World Series against the Colorado Rockies in game 4. is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Dates: October 24 – October 28, 2007 MVP: Mike Lowell Television: FOX (U.S.), RSN (Canada), NASN (Europe), ESPN Latin America Announcers: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires: Ed Montague, Laz Díaz, Ted Barrett, Chuck Meriwether, Mike Everitt, Mike Reilly[1] ALCS: Boston Red Sox def. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Other nicknames The Rocks, The Rox, Blake Street Bombers, Hurdles Heroes. ... Joshua Smith Fogg (born December 13, 1976 in Lynn, Massachusetts) is a Major League Baseball pitcher who plays for the Colorado Rockies. ... This article is about the baseball player. ... For the Disney animator, see Cy Young (animator). ... is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball team located in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Dates: October 24 – October 28, 2007 MVP: Mike Lowell Television: FOX (U.S.), RSN (Canada), NASN (Europe), ESPN Latin America Announcers: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires: Ed Montague, Laz Díaz, Ted Barrett, Chuck Meriwether, Mike Everitt, Mike Reilly[1] ALCS: Boston Red Sox def. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Other nicknames The Rocks, The Rox, Blake Street Bombers, Hurdles Heroes. ...


Pitches

Matsuzaka possesses numerous pitches in his repertoire: a four-seam fastball that ranges from 92 to 95 mph (rarely touch 97) with some late movement, the two-seam fastball in the low 90s, cut fastball high 80s, curveball about 80 mph (129 km/h), slider mid 80s, splitter high 80s, forkball, shuuto (tailing inside fastball to right-handed hitters), and a screwball-like changeup For the American band of the same name, see Fastball (band). ... For the American band of the same name, see Fastball (band). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A common grip of a slider a pitcher uses In baseball, a slider is a pitch halfway between a curveball and a fastball. ... For the American band of the same name, see Fastball (band). ... The forkball is a type of pitch in baseball. ... The shuuto (Japanese シュート) or shootball is a pitch commonly thrown by Japanese pitchers such as Daisuke Matsuzaka that breaks slightly down and in on right-handed batters when thrown by a right-handed pitcher, somewhat similar to a screwball, although with less break. ... For the hip-hop group from Queensbridge, see Screwball (group). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


His shuuto and changeup (breaks like a screwball, similar to Pedro Martinez' change) are commonly confused with the gyroball. According to a documentary done by TV Asashi (footage below), the gyroball is a fastball with a bullet-like clockwise spin, designed to have devastating late break as it reaches home plate. Unlike a typical slider, the gyroball maintains a more constant speed, thus, it affects a batter just like a forkball does becuase they often swing at it thinking its a normal fastball. However, Matsuzaka still has yet to publically admit that he can throw a gyroball. The same documentary explains this in two ways: that Matsuzaka wants to keep his pitch a secret and that he has never been able to intentionally throw the gyroball because it is a random result of him pitching a fastball. Along with Matsuzaka, Hideo Nomo, Nobuyuki Hoshino, and several major leaguers have been confirmed to be able to throw this mystical pitch. Daisuke usually pitches the gyroball a few times a game, albeit inadvertantly. The shuuto (Japanese シュート) or shootball is a pitch commonly thrown by Japanese pitchers such as Daisuke Matsuzaka that breaks slightly down and in on right-handed batters when thrown by a right-handed pitcher, somewhat similar to a screwball, although with less break. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Pedro Martinez warming up in right field of Fenway Park before a game, June 22, 2004. ... For the gyroscopic toy Powerball, see Powerball. ... For the gyroscopic toy Powerball, see Powerball. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Batting

Matsuzaka was an accomplished hitter in high school and he got his first hit in his first ever career at-bat, a single to center, in a game against the Orix Blue Wave when the Lions ran out of bench players and had to allow him to hit for himself. The Pacific League employs the designated hitter rule. Matsuzaka's first pro home run came in an interleague game against Hanshin Tigers pitcher Darwin Cubillán at spacious Koshien Stadium on June 9, 2006. That footage can be seen in the external links section. The Orix BlueWave (オリックスブルーウェーブ) is a baseball team in Kōbe, Japan, that plays in the Pacific League. ... The Pacific League (パシフィック・リーグ Pashifikku Riigu) is one of Japans two major professional baseball leagues (the other is the Central League). ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... Darwin Harrikson Cubillán Salom (born November 15, 1972 in Bobures, Zulia State, Venezuela), better known as Darwin Cubillán (coo-be-YAHN), was a Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher who played for the Baltimore Orioles. ... Hanshin Kōshien Stadium (阪神甲子園球場, Hanshin Kōshien KyÅ«jō) is a baseball park located near Kobe in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. ... is the 160th day of the year (161st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Controversy

Matsuzaka got into severe legal trouble when he began dating his current wife Tomoyo Shibata. On September 13, 2000, he drove to her apartment one night without a valid license, illegally parked his car and it got towed, then had a team official take the blame for him to avoid a scandal. is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...


However, the truth soon got out and he, the official, and Tomoyo were harshly criticized and punished for their actions. The fact that Matsuzaka was underage by Japanese standards at the time while Tomoyo was a much older, respected, and popular TV reporter with a large male fan base also did not help matters. Their subsequent courtship and marriage was also rather unusual because while Tomoyo worked for Nippon Television, the official sponsor of the Yomiuri Giants, Matsuzaka played for the Lions who were partially owned by TV Asahi, a rival station. Nippon Television Tower (headquarters) in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan Nippon Television Network Corporation ) (TYO: 9404 ) is a television network in Shiodome area of Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan owned by the Yomiuri Shimbun. ... TV Asahi Corporation ) (TYO: 9409 ), also known as EX and Tele-Asa ), is a television network headquartered in Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. ...


In Japan, its is more common for female TV announcers to marry baseball players whose teams their stations partially sponsor, like Ichiro Suzuki (Orix Bluewave) and Akiko Fukushima (TBS), Kazuhisa Ishii (ex-LA Dodgers) and Ayako Kisa (Fuji TV), Yoshinobu Takahashi (Giants) and Mayumi Onodera (NTV), Daiuke Motoki (Giants) and Izumi Oogami (NTV), or Noriyuki Shiroishi (Swallows) and Miho Ohashi (TV Tokyo). The rivalry between TV Asahi and Nippon Television is so deep that no baseball game with the Seibu Lions as the home team has been allowed to be broadcast on NTV for many decades except for its cable affiliates. Ichiro Suzuki ), often known simply as Ichiro ), is a Japanese outfielder for the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team. ... The Orix BlueWave (オリックスブルーウェーブ) is a baseball team in Kōbe, Japan, that plays in the Pacific League. ... The acronym TBS may refer to: Broadcasting networks: Turner Broadcasting System, an international media company whose assets include the TBS cable network Tokyo Broadcasting System, a TV station in Tokyo, Japan TBS Radio & Communications, a radio station in Tokyo founded by the above Taiwan Broadcasting System Other: Tablespoon Taking Back... Kazuhisa Ishii (石井一久 Ishii Kazuhisa; born September 9, 1973 in Wakaba-ku, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese Major League Baseball pitcher. ... The Fuji TV headquarters in Odaiba is known for its eccentric architecture. ... Izumi ÅŒgami )is a Japanese announcer and seiyu, born on June 10, 1969. ... The logo of TV Tokyo. ...


In the aftermath, Matsuzaka was fined a substantial sum by the police and put under house arrest for one month by the Lions. However, that was shortened to a few weeks when Matsuzaka showed sincere remorse for his actions.


Personal life

Matsuzaka is married to television journalist Tomoyo Shibata,[17] formerly of Nippon TV in Japan, and in 2005 she gave birth to the couple's daughter, Niko.[18] Daisuke is nicknamed "The Monster" (怪物 kaibutsu?)[19] in Japan and "Dice-K" or "D-Mat" in the United States[20] by the Boston Globe[21][22] and USA Today.[23] Tomoyo Shibata , born December 23, 1974 in Chikushino, Fukuoka, Japan, official name Tomoyo Matsuzaka) is a former announcer for Nippon TV in Japan. ... Nippon Television Tower (headquarters) in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan Nippon Television Network Corporation ) (TYO: 9404 ) is a television network in Shiodome area of Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan owned by the Yomiuri Shimbun. ... The Boston Globe is the most widely-circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and in the greater New England region. ... USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ...


Matsuzaka and his wife are expecting their second child at the start of the 2008 season.[24]


Trivia

  • As one of his contract perks that he got for signing with the Seibu Lions in 1999, Matsuzaka got tickets to the World Series games at Yankee Stadium for the Braves vs. the Yankees. This was when it became obvious that he had a desire to pitch in the Major Leagues at some point in his baseball career. Matsuzaka's favorite pitcher at the time was David Cone, who he has somewhat tried to emulate on the mound. He was also impressed by how Roger Clemens pitched in game 4 of the series.
  • Matsuzaka has had tremendous bad luck against the Yomiuri Giants in his career, and has only one career win game against them in all Spring training, inter-league, and Japan Series games combined.

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References

  1. ^ Bloom, Barry M. "Japan crowned Classic's first champ - Starter Matsuzaka claims tournament's MVP award", 2006 World Baseball Classic, March 21, 2006
  2. ^ John Powers. "At home on the big stage", Boston Globe, 2006-12-15. Retrieved on 2006-12-15. 
  3. ^ Jack Curry, "A Japanese All-Star Game and a Reunion at Fenway" New York Times, [1]
  4. ^ Matsuzaka departs for U.S. to meet agent. JapanBall.com (November 15, 2006). Retrieved on 2006-12-15.
  5. ^ "Red Sox's winning bid for Matsuzaka: $51.1 million"
  6. ^ Michael Silverman (December 15, 2006). Why $51,111,111.11? John Henry explains. Boston Herald. Retrieved on 2007-04-02.
  7. ^ Mike Petraglia (December 14, 2006). Red Sox no longer need to hide secret. MLB.com. Retrieved on 2006-12-15.
  8. ^ a b Nick Cafardo (December 12, 2006). Boras demands way out of line. Boston.com. Retrieved on 2006-12-18.
  9. ^ a b Karen Guregian. "It’s a Japanese stakeout sin Hub", Boston Herald, 2006-12-14. Retrieved on 2006-12-14. 
  10. ^ Matsuzaka agent Scott Boras told ESPN.com the contract includes a "litany of personal comforts." Matsuzaka will get a massage therapist, physical therapist, interpreter and personal assistant, and the Red Sox agreed to provide Matsuzaka with 80-90 flights over the course of the deal, along with special housing and transportation arrangements and accommodations for his wife. "Matsuzaka, Red Sox agree to terms"
  11. ^ Michael Silverman. "Matsuzaka has full no-trade clause", Boston Herald, 2006-12-14. Retrieved on 2006-12-18. 
  12. ^ "Matsuzaka, Red Sox reach agreement on six-year deal", ESPN.com, December 14, 2006
  13. ^ "Red Sox Nation looks to expand", Providence Journal, 2006-12-15. 
  14. ^ Stan McNeal (February 15, 2007). "Time for Dice-K to get into action". Sporting News. Retrieved on 2007-04-02.
  15. ^ Gordon Edes (March 22, 2007). Matsuzaka path follows Kuwata's -- to a point. Boston.com]. Retrieved on 2007-06-26.
  16. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/recap?gid=271027127
  17. ^ Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa (2006-12-14). Dreams of Rocket(s) have us seeing stars. Retrieved on 2006-12-17.
  18. ^ http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2006/12/15/at_home_on_the_big_stage/
  19. ^ Boston.com Staff (December 15, 2006). "Lost in translation?". ESPN.com. Retrieved on 2006-12-19.
  20. ^ Tim Brown (December 18, 2006). "At the letters: Shooting Dais". Yahoo!. Retrieved on 2006-12-20.
  21. ^ Gordon Edes. "Getting dicey with Matsuzaka", Boston.com, 2006-12-07. Retrieved on 2006-12-19. 
  22. ^ "Japanese baseball expert Robert Whiting's Matsuzaka chat". Boston.com (November 21, 2006). Retrieved on 2006-12-19.
  23. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/2006-11-06-matsuzaka_x.htm
  24. ^ http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20071129/en_afp/baseballjpnusamatsuzakapeople_071129132513

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