With the second half of the major league season set to get underway on Friday, I thought now would be a good time to get an expert’s opinion on the progress of the New York Yankees rookie outfielder Hideki Matsui.

The former Yomiuri Giants slugger, who has played in 93 games this season, is batting .299 with 66 RBIs and nine home runs and has made some outstanding plays in the field as well.

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