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.
Impasse with Japan puts Tanaka on hold
The posting-fee system that has allowed players such as Yu Darvish, Ichiro Suzuki and Daisuke Matsuzaka to play Major League Baseball before reaching free agency in Japan is in limbo, Rob Manfred, MLB's chief operating officer, said on Thursday.Here's what you need to know about Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka
The same Posting System that brought Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka to Major League Baseball expired in October. Until there's a new agreement for allowing contracted players to jump from NPB, the top league in Japan, to MLB, prized right-handed pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will wait.The New York Yankees' Wait for Masahiro Tanaka Continues at Winter Meetings
COMMENTARY | He was supposed to be the next golden arm coming to Major League Baseball from Japan. But the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball have yet to decide whether or not they will post 25-year-old right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. The New York Daily News reported Tuesday night that Rakuten president Yozo Tachibana has not made the decision and won't until he gets a chance to ...No big deal for Phillies' Amaro?
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. likes to land big-name players in the offseason, but may have to settle for depth.MLB moving ahead with new posting system, but will Masahiro Tanaka be available?
Details of the revamped posting system have come to light, but the Rakuten Golden Eagles still have given no indication of what they'll do with Tanaka.New York Yankees: New Posting System Latest Shot at Yankees
COMMENTARY | Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball are reportedly closing in on a new posting system that would cap posting bids for players who want to come from Japan into the major leagues at $20 million. Let's call this exactly what it is -- it is another anti-New York Yankees rule about to be enacted by MLB commissioner Bud Selig, protector of all things small-market. The ...ESPNTopNews Source: Colon, Mets reach 2-year, $20M deal
The New York Mets have reached agreement on a two-year, $20 million deal with free-agent right-hander Bartolo Colon, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.Masahiro Tanaka's status remains one of the big mysteries of the winter meetings
Will the phenom's Japanese team accept a $20 million posting fee for the right-hander?s transfer to an MLB club this offseason or will it reject it and rob the pitching market of its jewel?MLB withdrawing proposal for Japan bidding system
Major League Baseball is withdrawing its proposal for a new bidding system with Japan, making it uncertain whether prized pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be on the market this offseason. MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred said Japanese officials had not acted quickly enough on MLB's proposal for a new agreement and that a new proposal will be forwarded. Under the so-called ''posting system ...
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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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