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In this Japanese name, the family name is Matsuzaka.
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Daisuke Matsuzaka
松坂 大輔
Daisuke Matsuzaka on March 7, 2014.jpg
Matsuzaka with the New York Mets in 2014
Saitama Seibu Lions
Born: September 13, 1980 (1980-09-13) (age 41)
Aomori, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
NPB: April 7, 1999, for the Seibu Lions
MLB: April 5, 2007, for the Boston Red Sox
NPB statistics
(through 2018)
Win–loss record 114–64
Earned run average 2.99
Strikeouts 1,408
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 56–43
Earned run average 4.45
Strikeouts 720
Career highlights and awards
  • Pacific League Rookie of the Year (1999)
  • 3× NPB win leader (1999–2001)
  • 4× NPB strikeout leader (2000–2001, 2003, 2005)
  • 2× NPB ERA leader (2003–2004)
  • Eiji Sawamura Award (2001)
  • 3× NPB Best Nine Award (1999–2001)
  • 7× Mitsui Golden Glove Award (1999–2001, 2003–2006)
  • 7× NPB All-Star (1999–2001, 2004–2006, 2018)
  • 2x Japan Series champion (2004, 2017)


Japan National Team


  • Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize (1999)

Daisuke Matsuzaka (松坂 大輔 , Matsuzaka Daisuke, born September 13, 1980) is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher who currently plays for the Saitama Seibu Lions . He has played for the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Seibu Lions ,Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks and Chunichi Dragons of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

Matsuzaka was selected the MVP of the inaugural and the second World Baseball Classic, and is an Olympic bronze medalist.

He is the first player to have won both a World Series and a World Baseball Classic.

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