Matsuzaka with the New York Mets in 2014
|Saitama Seibu Lions|
|Born: September 13, 1980|
Aomori, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
|NPB: April 7, 1999, for the Seibu Lions|
|MLB: April 5, 2007, for the Boston Red Sox|
|NPB statistics |
|Earned run average||2.99|
|Earned run average||4.45|
|Career highlights and awards|
Japan National Team
Daisuke Matsuzaka (松坂 大輔, Matsuzaka Daisuke, [matsɯꜜzaka daisɯ̥ke]; born September 13, 1980) is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher who currently plays for the Saitama Seibu Lions . He has played for the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Seibu Lions ,Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks and Chunichi Dragons of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).
Matsuzaka was selected the MVP of the inaugural and the second World Baseball Classic, and is an Olympic bronze medalist.
He is the first player to have won both a World Series and a World Baseball Classic.