Kazuo Matsui Stats

Kazuo Matsui was born on Thursday, October 23, 1975, in Osaka, Japan. Matsui was 28 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 6, 2004, with the New York Mets. 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 Kazuo Matsui baseball stats page.

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"I was a little nervous (during his Spring Training debut) here and there. I knew I was the leadoff batter. My name was called out in the stands and the fans reacted and I was grateful." - Kaz Matsui in The Japan Times (Wire, 03/10/2004)

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Kazuo Matsui Autograph on a 2003 Baseball Magazine Baseball Card (#639)

Kazuo Matsui Autograph on a 2003 Baseball Magazine Baseball Card (#639)

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Birth Name:
Kazuo Matsui
Nickname:
Kaz
Born On:
10-23-1975  (Libra)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Osaka, 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:
PL Gakuen High School (Osaka City, Osaka)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Both
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-10
Player Weight Chart Weight:
187
First Game:
04-06-2004 (Age 28)
Last Game:
05-18-2010
Draft:
Undrafted Free Agent

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Kazuo Matsui Pitching Stats

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Kazuo Matsui Hitting Stats

2004 29 Mets 114 460 65 125 32 2 7 0 44 40 4 97 5 2 2 3 .272 .331 .396
2005 30 Mets 87 267 31 68 9 4 3 0 24 14 1 43 5 4 5 2 .255 .300 .352
2006 31 Mets 38 130 10 26 6 0 1 0 7 6 1 19 3 0 0 1 .200 .235 .269
2006 31 Rockies 32 113 22 39 6 3 2 0 19 10 0 27 1 2 0 0 .345 .392 .504
2007 32 Rockies 104 410 84 118 24 6 4 0 37 34 1 69 8 1 0 1 .288 .342 .405
2008 33 Astros 96 375 58 110 26 3 6 0 33 37 0 53 7 3 0 3 .293 .354 .427
2009 34 Astros 132 476 56 119 20 2 9 0 46 34 2 85 16 4 3 4 .250 .302 .357
2010 35 Astros 27 71 4 10 1 0 0 0 1 4 0 10 2 0 1 0 .141 .197 .155
7 Years 630 2,302 330 615 124 20 32 0 211 179 9 403 47 16 11 14 .267 .321 .380

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Kazuo Matsui Fielding Stats

2004 Mets 2B 3 3 72 13 4.3 12 4 8 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .923 4.50
2004 Mets SS 110 108 2,825 520 4.7 497 174 323 23 65 n/a n/a n/a .956 4.75
2005 Mets 2B 71 64 1,680 303 4.3 294 107 187 9 32 n/a n/a n/a .970 4.73
2006 Mets 2B 31 30 828 158 5.1 157 72 85 1 23 n/a n/a n/a .994 5.12
2006 Rockies 2B 21 21 561 123 5.9 121 48 73 2 26 n/a n/a n/a .984 5.82
2006 Rockies SS 3 3 78 5 1.7 5 4 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.73
2007 Rockies 2B 102 96 2,589 515 5.0 511 200 311 4 84 n/a n/a n/a .992 5.33
2008 Astros 2B 94 94 2,418 421 4.5 409 190 219 12 56 n/a n/a n/a .971 4.57
2009 Astros 2B 130 127 3,303 658 5.1 652 279 373 6 99 n/a n/a n/a .991 5.33
2010 Astros 2B 21 19 486 99 4.7 98 42 56 1 12 n/a n/a n/a .990 5.44
2B Totals 473 454 11,937 2,290 4.8 2,254 942 1,312 36 335 n/a n/a n/a .984 5.10
SS Totals 113 111 2,903 525 4.6 502 178 324 23 66 n/a n/a n/a .956 4.67
7 Years 586 565 14,840 2,815 4.8 2,756 1,120 1,636 59 401 n/a n/a n/a .979 5.01

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Kazuo Matsui Miscellaneous Stats

2004 Mets 14 3 .824 4 1 0 65.7 4.7 10.5 - - -
2005 Mets 6 1 .857 19 0 0 89.0 6.2 11.1 - - -
2006 Mets 2 0 1.000 7 1 0 130.0 6.8 18.6 - - -
2006 Rockies 8 1 .889 7 1 0 56.5 4.2 5.9 - - -
2007 Rockies 32 4 .889 3 2 0 102.5 5.9 11.1 - - -
2008 Astros 20 5 .800 2 0 0 62.5 7.1 11.4 - - -
2009 Astros 19 3 .864 2 2 0 52.9 5.6 10.3 - - -
2010 Astros 1 1 .500 6 1 0 0.0 7.1 71.0 - - -
7 Years 102 18 .850 50 8 0 71.9 5.7 10.9 - - -

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Kazuo Matsui Miscellaneous Items of Interest

2004 New York Mets 25 $5,066,667.00 - -
2005 New York Mets 25 $7,058,333.00 - -
2006 New York Mets 25 $8,058,333.00 - -
2006 Colorado Rockies 16 "     " - -
2007 Colorado Rockies 7 $1,500,000.00 - Stats
2008 Houston Astros 3 $5,500,000.00 - -
2009 Houston Astros 3 $5,500,000.00 - -
2010 Houston Astros 3 $5,000,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Kazuo Matsui joined both the Home Run in First At-Bat "club" and Home Run With First Pitch "club" when he made his Major League debut on April 6, 2004 ? Too easy? Only Matsui and Starling Marte ( July 26, 2012 ) were at their first at-bat, homered with the first pitch, AND it was actually the first pitch of the entire game !

Did you know that Kazuo Matsui finished 3-for-3 during his debut, only the second New York Mets player who had three hits during their first Major League game - do you know was first? [ Answer ]

On May 22, 2004 , Kazuo Matsui hit a home run from the lead-off spot, his fourth of the season ( April 6, 2004 , April 28, 2004 , May 12, 2004 ), tying the Mets club record for most lead-off home runs during the same season, set previously by Tommie Agee , who finished with four in 1969. On May 23, 2004 , Matsui hit his fifth, setting a new franchise mark!

When the Colorado Rockies acquired Kazuo Matsui from the New York Mets on June 9, 2006, during a trade involving Eli Marrero , the Press Release included this nugget, "Matsui, 30, became the first Japanese infielder to sign with a major league team..."

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