Hideki Matsui Stats

Hideki Matsui was born on Wednesday, June 12, 1974, in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan. Matsui was 28 years old when he broke into the big leagues on March 31, 2003, with the New York Yankees. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Hideki Matsui baseball stats page.

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"Now strictly a DH and pinch-hitter because of bad knees, Matsui accomplished a lot in a hurry. His 13 at-bats tied Baltimore's Rick Dempsey in 1983 for the fewest by a Series MVP (nonpitchers only), according to STATS. 'He has been a clutch player ever since I've known him,' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. Matsui became the first player to win the award as a full-time DH in the Series. Toronto DH Paul Molitor played in the field when the Blue Jays won the 1993 title. 'Oh my goodness. You can't say enough about Matsui all year,' Yankees star Mark Teixeira said. 'The biggest game of the year, unbelievable. I haven't seen a guy hit like that in the World Series.'" - AP Wire (ESPN.com, 11/05/2009, 'Matsui has 6 RBIs in Game 6', Source )

Hideki Matsui

Hideki 'Godzilla' Matsui Autograph on a 2007 Topps Baseball Card (#220)

Hideki 'Godzilla' Matsui Autograph on a 2007 Topps Baseball Card (#220)

Birth Name:
Hideki Matsui
Nickname:
Godzilla
Born On:
06-12-1974  (Gemini)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Seiryo Commercial High School (Kanazawa City, Japan)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
210
First Game:
03-31-2003 (Age 28)
Last Game:
07-22-2012
Draft:
Undrafted Free Agent

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Hideki Matsui Pitching Stats

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Hideki Matsui Hitting Stats

2003 29 Yankees 163 623 82 179 42 1 16 2 106 63 5 86 0 6 3 25 .287 .353 .435
2004 30 Yankees 162 584 109 174 34 2 31 2 108 88 2 103 0 5 3 11 .298 .390 .522
2005 31 Yankees 162 629 108 192 45 3 23 0 116 63 7 78 0 8 3 16 .305 .367 .496
2006 32 Yankees 51 172 32 52 9 0 8 0 29 27 2 23 0 2 0 6 .302 .393 .494
2007 33 Yankees 143 547 100 156 28 4 25 0 103 73 2 73 0 10 3 9 .285 .367 .488
2008 34 Yankees 93 337 43 99 17 0 9 1 45 38 6 47 0 0 3 10 .294 .370 .424
2009 35 Yankees 142 456 62 125 21 1 28 0 90 64 1 75 0 2 4 4 .274 .367 .509
2010 36 Angels 145 482 55 132 24 1 21 1 84 67 6 98 0 4 1 10 .274 .361 .459
2011 37 Athletics 141 517 58 130 28 0 12 0 72 56 3 84 0 9 1 10 .251 .321 .375
2012 38 Rays 34 95 7 14 1 0 2 0 7 8 1 22 0 0 0 0 .147 .214 .221
10 Years 1,236 4,442 656 1,253 249 12 175 6 760 547 35 689 0 46 21 101 .282 .360 .462

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Hideki Matsui Fielding Stats

2003 Yankees CF 46 46 309 113 2.5 112 110 2 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .991 9.79
2003 Yankees LF 118 110 2,991 228 1.9 221 210 11 7 3 n/a n/a n/a .969 1.99
2004 Yankees CF 3 2 45 4 1.3 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.40
2004 Yankees LF 160 158 4,164 318 2.0 311 303 8 7 2 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.02
2005 Yankees CF 28 28 666 54 1.9 54 54 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.19
2005 Yankees LF 115 110 2,931 229 2.0 226 219 7 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .987 2.08
2005 Yankees RF 4 4 90 6 1.5 6 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
2006 Yankees LF 36 36 867 84 2.3 83 82 1 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .988 2.58
2007 Yankees LF 112 111 2,940 222 2.0 219 213 6 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .986 2.01
2008 Yankees LF 21 20 528 43 2.0 42 40 2 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .977 2.15
2008 Yankees RF 3 2 54 2 0.7 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.00
2010 Angels LF 18 17 369 17 0.9 17 16 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.24
2011 Athletics LF 27 27 696 57 2.1 56 53 3 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .982 2.17
2012 Rays LF 9 7 171 6 0.7 6 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.95
2012 Rays RF 6 6 118 8 1.3 8 8 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.83
LF Totals 616 596 15,657 1,204 2.0 1,181 1,142 39 23 10 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.04
CF Totals 77 76 1,020 171 2.2 170 168 2 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .994 4.50
RF Totals 13 12 262 16 1.2 16 16 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.65
9 Years 706 684 16,939 1,391 2.0 1,367 1,326 41 24 11 n/a n/a n/a .983 2.18

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Hideki Matsui Miscellaneous Stats

2003 Yankees 2 2 .500 2 1 4 38.9 7.2 5.9 - - -
2004 Yankees 3 0 1.000 0 0 0 18.8 5.7 5.4 - - -
2005 Yankees 2 2 .500 1 0 19 27.3 8.1 5.4 - - -
2006 Yankees 1 0 1.000 2 0 13 21.5 7.5 5.9 - - -
2007 Yankees 4 2 .667 0 0 32 21.9 7.5 5.3 - - -
2008 Yankees 0 0 .000 5 0 66 37.4 7.2 7.5 - - -
2009 Yankees 0 1 .000 26 0 118 16.3 6.1 5.1 - - -
2010 Angels 0 1 .000 9 0 120 23.0 4.9 5.7 - - -
2011 Athletics 1 1 .500 6 0 110 43.1 6.2 7.2 - - -
2012 Rays 0 0 .000 11 0 11 47.5 4.3 13.6 - - -
10 Years 13 9 .591 62 1 493 25.4 6.4 5.8 - - -

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Hideki Matsui Miscellaneous Items of Interest

2003 New York Yankees 55 $6,000,000.00 Stats Stats
2004 New York Yankees 55 $7,000,000.00 Stats -
2005 New York Yankees 55 $8,000,000.00 - -
2006 New York Yankees 55 $13,000,000.00 - -
2007 New York Yankees 55 $13,000,000.00 - -
2008 New York Yankees 55 $13,000,000.00 - -
2009 New York Yankees 55 $13,000,000.00 - Stats
2010 Los Angeles Angels 55 $6,000,000.00 - -
2011 Oakland Athletics 55 $4,250,000.00 - -
2012 Tampa Bay Rays 35 $900,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Hideki Matsui played in 518 consecutive games to begin his Major League career, breaking the Major League record previously set by Ernie Banks who had 424 consecutive games from 1953 through 1957? Mr. Cub still holds the National League record and Al Simmons was the American League record holder, with 394 from 1924 to 1926, that Godzilla broke.

Did you know that 27 of the 28 home runs Hideki Matsui hit in 2009 came when he was a designated hitter, setting a new New York Yankees record for most home runs in a single season by a DH? The previous record holder had 25 homers in 1984 , do you know who it was? [ Answer ]

In 2003, Hideki Matsui became the fourth lefthander in American League history to play in 163 games during a season. Leon Wagner (1964), Al Oliver (1980), and Greg Walker (1985) shared the record for most games played in a season by a lefty before Matsui who tied this mark in a unique fashion. Bleacher Report contributor Jake Singer did a great job describing how it went down ( Link ):

How Godzilla Played in a Game That Never Happened

On Sept. 18, 2003 , the Yankees were in Baltimore to finish their last road series against Baltimore. Hurricane Isabel was coming, and officials from both teams and Major League Baseball knew it was unlikely the teams would get in a full nine innings, but were hopeful that the teams could get in a five-inning official game that would count in the standings.

The Yankees had not yet clinched a playoff spot, and it was important not to have to play a makeup game after the season since the Bombers were not scheduled to return to Baltimore again.

So, the Yankees and Orioles played five innings before the game had to be called, but there was a problem: the game was tied! It was one to one after five, and the game was called.

The game was an official game; five innings had been played.

But no team was winning, so neither could be credited with a win or a loss. And it would be impossible to resume the game, since the Yankees were not returning to Baltimore.

Matsui played in both the original game and the makeup game, plus 161 others, and hence his baseball card says that he played 163 games for the Yankees in 2003.

Hideki Matsui - a 9x All-Star in Japan and a 2x All-Star in MLB - is the first player ever to be win both a Japan Series Most Valuable Player Award (2000) and a World Series Most Valuable Player Award . Matsui's six-RBI Game 6 during the 2009 World Series tied Bobby Richardson's 49-year-old World Series record set during the 1960 World Series . Two years earlier, in Game 3 of the 2004 American League Championship Series, Matsui had another first when he became the first player ever to have at least 5 runs scored and 5 RBI in the same postseason game.

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