Hideki hit his 100th career home run with the Yankees on Sunday, August 5, 2007. He is the first Japanese born baseball player to hit 100 home runs in the Majors.
Hideki was named the AL Player of the Month for the month of July in 2007. He batted .345 with 18 home runs and 28 RBIs for the month.
On May 6, 2007, Hideki recorded his 2,000th hit, which is combined with his total hits from Japan and his total hits in the United States during a game against the Seattle Mariners, which earned him a place in Japan's Golden Players Club, that is reserved for players who have 2,000 hits, 200 wins or 250 saves professionally.
Matsui returned to the Yankees on September 12, 2006 for the first time since May 11, 2006 or 110 games. He played DH and went 4-4 (4 singles), tying his major league high for hits in a game. He also scored 2 runs, had 1 RBI and a walk in a 12-4 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Matsui signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees on December 19, 2002 for 6 million dollars.
Matsui has 407 career home runs, 75 of them are with the Yankees.
Matsui throws right handed and bats left handed.
Matsui was an All-Star in 2003 and 2004.
Matsui currently wears jersey number 55.
In 2005, Matsui hit a career high .305 batting average and had 116 runs batted in.
Matsui signed a four-year deal for $52 million dollars, surpassing Ichiro Suzuki as the highest paid Japanese player in Major League Baseball, and securing his place with the Yankees through 2009.
Matsui did not miss a game in his first three seasons with the Yankees, putting together a streak of 518 games played. Before that, he played in 1,250 consecutive games with Yomiuri, for a total professional baseball streak of 1,768. On May 11, 2006 he fractured his left wrist while sliding for a fly ball that has him on the disabled list for 3 months.
A parade was held for him in Tokyo to celebrate his signing with the Yankees and many reporters and photographers followed him to the MLB from his home in Tokyo.
Matsui graduated from Seiryo High School in Kanazawa, Ishikawa.
He participated in four National High School Baseball Tournaments at Koshien Stadium, once in the spring and three times during the summer while his high school years.
Matsui originally batted right-handed as a child. He was such a good batter that he tried batting left-handed and soon enough became an overpowering left-handed batter, and stayed on that side of the plate from then on.
His 2005 salary with the Yankees was $8,000,000.
In the ten seasons he played in Japan, Matsui totalled 1268 games played, 4572 AB, 1390 hits, 901 runs, 332 homeruns, 889 RBIs, a .304 batting average, and a .582 slugging percentage.
His single season mark for home runs was 50 in 2002, his final season in Japan.
He made nine consecutive all-star games and led the Japanese Central League in homeruns and RBIs three times (1998, 2002, and 2002).
Matsui is a three-time MVP in the Japanese Central League (1996, 2000, and 2002), he led his team into four Japanese Series and winning three titles (1994, 2000 and 2002).
Matsui earned the popular nickname "Godzilla" and even made a cameo in the film Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla.
Hideki Matsui: I will do my best to fully recover and return to the field to help my team once again.