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Hideki Matsui (松井 秀喜, Matsui Hideki, born June 12, 1974), nicknamed "Godzilla", is a Japanese former professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter who played baseball in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and Major League Baseball (MLB). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
|Outfielder / Designated hitter|
|Born: June 12, 1974|
Neagari, Ishikawa, Japan
|NPB: May 1, 1993, for the Yomiuri Giants|
|MLB: March 31, 2003, for the New York Yankees|
|NPB: October 30, 2002, for the Yomiuri Giants|
|MLB: July 22, 2012, for the Tampa Bay Rays|
|Runs batted in||889|
|Runs batted in||760|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Member of the Japanese|
|Baseball Hall of Fame|
Matsui played the first ten seasons of his career in Japan for NPB's Yomiuri Giants. During that span, he was a nine-time All-Star, three-time Japan Series champion, and three-time Central League Most Valuable Player (MVP). In 2003, Matsui transitioned to playing in MLB in North America, and spent his first seven seasons there with the New York Yankees. As a Yankee, he was a two-time All-Star and 2009 World Series champion, for which he was named the World Series MVP. After becoming a free agent, Matsui had one-year stints with three other MLB teams: the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics, and Tampa Bay Rays. On July 28, 2013, Matsui signed a one-day minor league contract with the Yankees in order to officially retire with the team.
During his 20-year playing career, Matsui hit 507 home runs — 332 in NPB and 175 in MLB. In 2018, Matsui was inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame.