Mets introduce Kaz Matsui
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While being introduced at the podium, Kaz Matsui said he borrowed a 1986 World Series ring from one of the
Matsui. That is expected to give the team a strong double-play combination.
"With Matsui and
The 28-year-old shortstop had played with the Seibu Lions where he batted .305 with 33 homers and 84 RBI last season. The switch-hitting Matsui, who was league MVP in 1998, is a seven-time All Star and four-time Golden Glove winner. He also led the Pacific League in stolen bases twice.
Kaz Matsui was asked if his home run numbers will peter out, similar to
"I don't consider myself a home run hitter," Matsui said through an interpreter. "I'm just going to try and get up to the plate and hit, run hard and beat out hits, and get as many as I can."
Kaz Matsui becomes the first Japanese infielder to be signed by a major league team, although
Matsui is one of only eight players in Japan since 1950 to hit .300 or better with 30 or more home runs and 30 or more stolen bases. He left the Seibu Lions after playing in 1,143 straight games, the fifth-longest in Japanese history.