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Daisuke Matsuzaka

A Japanese baseball pitcher, Daisuke Matsuzaka first earned fame in Japan as a high school standout and then as the ace for the Seibu Lions. He throws two-seam and four-seam fastballs along with a plus curve and a plus slider. Matsuzaka was the ace for Japan in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics as well as the 2006 World Baseball Classic, in which he won the championship game.


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Dice-K To Return To Japan, Take His Mythical Gyroball With Him
After six seasons with the Red Sox and two with the Mets, Daisuke Matsuzaka is apparently returning to Japan , considering a contract with the defending champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. He'll always be remembered for the hype, and for his unhittable pitch that in reality is all but unthrowable. Read more...

Daisuke Matsuzaka Considering Return To NPB
Veteran right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who came to the United States with such fanfare back in 2007, appears to be considering an offer to return to playing in his native Japan, according to a report from the Japan Times. The report indicates ? Continue reading ?

Dice-K will return to Japan to continue career
Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka has decided to return to his home country, according to a report in The Japan Times on Monday, with the defending Japan Series champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks expressing a strong interest in signing him.

Daisuke Matsuzaka is going back to Japan
Matsuzaka spent the past two seasons with the Mets.

Report: Daisuke Matsuzaka To Receive Lucrative Offer From Japanese Team
Daisuke Matsuzaka wants to start, and he might have that opportunity in his native country....

Hawks on track to add Matsuzaka
Free-agent pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has apparently decided to return to Japanese baseball with the Japan Series champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, who... Read more ...

Daisuke Matsuzaka has a multi-year offer to return to Japan
Matsuzaka left Japan in 2007 to sign a six-year, $52 million contract with the Red Sox and had immediate success, but dating back to 2009 he's combined to throw 418 innings with a 5.10 ERA.

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Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site. I'm coming home: Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched for the Boston Red Sox from 2007-2012 and the New York Mets from 2013-2014 during his eight seasons in the major leagues.

MLB hot stove: Former Mets reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka to return to Japan (report)
Matsuzaka had expressed a preference to remain a starter at the end of the 2014 season and he will get that chance in Japan.

Report: Dice-K heading back to Japan to play
Report: Dice-K heading back to Japan to play

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In Japan's national high school tournament, Matsuzaka threw back-to-back complete game wins, throwing 250 pitches, then pitched an inning in relief the next day. On the fourth day, he started again and again got the win with a complete game, throwing about 400 pitches in four days.
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  • Birth Date:
    1980-09-13

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