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.
"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 'Godzilla' Matsui Autograph on a 2007 Topps Baseball Card (#220)
Hideki Matsui Pitching Stats
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Hideki Matsui Hitting Stats
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Hideki Matsui Miscellaneous Stats
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Hideki Matsui Miscellaneous Items of Interest
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|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||-||-|
|Hideki Matsui Stats by Baseball Almanac|
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.