Who is Kazuo Matsui?
Shortstop Kazuo Matsui is expected to be the next big baseball import from Japan.
Originally Published: November 17, 2003ESPN.com
Kazuo Matsui is next.
Now it appears "Little Matsui" will be the next impact import from Japan after he announced Monday he would play in the major leagues in 2004. Here's a look at the star shortstop:
|THE KAZUO MATSUI FILE|
(Born Oct. 23, 1975 in Osaka, Japan)
Height: 5-foot-9½ (177 cm)
Weight: 183 pounds (83 kg)
Former team: Seibu Lions
(Nippon Professional Baseball,
Pro seasons: 9 (Career Stats)
Nickname: Little Matsui
Status: Free agent
Possible MLB suitors:
Mets, Dodgers, Angels, Mariners, Yankees, Red Sox, Padres, Diamondbacks, A's, White Sox, Cubs, Braves
What's been said about him:
More talented than Hideki Matsui ... Best Japanese player not in the major leagues ... Japan's finest infielder ... Best all-around player since Ichiro left ... One MLB executive: He's the real deal ... Cannon arm, extra-base power, impact player, durable ... Half-step faster than Ichiro ... Has instincts to steal bases and has punch to bat leadoff.
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