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Kazuo Matsui Edit Profile

baseball player

Kazuo Matsui, Japanese professional baseball player. Achievements include becoming the first ever Japanese infielder to sign with a MLB team; becoming the first New York Met in franchise history to hit lead-off home runs in back-to-back games. Named Pacific League Most Valuable Player, Nippon Professional Baseball League, 1998, 2002; recipient Best Nine award, 1997—2003, Golden Glove award, Japan, 1997-1998, 2002-2003.

Background

Matsui, Kazuo was born on October 23, 1975 in Osaka, Japan.

Career

Pitcher, infielder Seibu Lions, Nippon Professional Baseball League, Japan, 1995—2003. Second baseman New York Mets, 2004—2006, Colorado Rockies, 2006—2007, 2010, Houston Astros, 2008—2010, Rakuten Eagles, Nippon Professional Baseball League, since 2010.

Achievements

  • Achievements include becoming the first ever Japanese infielder to sign with a MLB team. Becoming the first New York Met in franchise history to hit lead-off home runs in back-to-back games.