Friday, 26th November 2010
Baseball player Matsui returns home
Baseball player Kazuo Matsui is to return to Japan to play with the Rakuten Eagles.
According to AP, the baseman is leaving the Major League after seven years to take part in the Nippon Professional Baseball League.
Matusi first played in the Major League in 2004 with the New York Mets but ongoing injuries undermined his success in the US. He later played for the Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros but was unable to replicate his initial results.
The 35-year-old was part of the Rockies team that reached the World Series in 2007 and has a .267 batting average with 615 hits and 102 stolen bases. However, this season he has only features in 27 games and a batting average of .141 for the Astros.
Created in 2004, the Rakuten Eagles play in the Pacific League and their home ground is the Miyagi Baseball Stadium.
Written by Kimberley Homer.
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