Kazuo Matsui says career with Lions led by destiny

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Sep 28, 2018

Kazuo Matsui says career with Lions led by destiny

Former major leaguer Kazuo Matsui said Thursday he feels "destined" to end his storied career with the Seibu Lions, where he started his professional baseball journey 25 years ago. In a news conference at MetLife Dome to announce his retirement, the 42-year-old player-coach said he ...

Lions bring back Kazuo Matsui after 15 years

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Nov 17, 2017

Lions bring back Kazuo Matsui after 15 years

The Seibu Lions confirmed Friday they have acquired former major league player Kazuo Matsui, who started his professional career with the club. The 42-year-old outfielder, who was not offered a new contract by the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, will return to Seibu 15 seasons after ...

Kazuo Matsui returning to Seibu Lions

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Nov 16, 2017

Kazuo Matsui returning to Seibu Lions

Kazuo Matsui, who left the Seibu Lions as a free agent after the 2003 season, will return to his first pro club next season, a source said on Thursday. Matsui, the 1998 Pacific League MVP for the Lions, spent seven seasons in the majors, where ...

Eagles salvage tie on Orix miscues

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jun 26, 2017

Eagles salvage tie on Orix miscues

Kazuo Matsui delivered off the bench for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, singling in the tying run in the ninth inning, and finishing the game at shortstop in a 4-4, 12-inning tie on Monday night. On a rare Monday night game, a good crowd of ...

Matsui signs two-year deal

Baseball / MLB Nov 29, 2014

Matsui signs two-year deal

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles infielder Kazuo Matsui re-signed Saturday with the Pacific League team on a fresh, two-year contract for an estimated annual salary of ¥160 million, plus performance-based incentives. The Eagles captain, who will turn 40 in October next year, expressed his appreciation at ...