Matsui bats left-handed but throws right-handed.
Matsui was a three time MVP of the Japanese Central League (1996, 2000, 2002).
After having a consecutive games played streak of 1769 games (with both the Yomiuri Giants and the New York Yankees), the streak was broken on May 11, 2006, after Matsui fractured his left wrist. The injury caused him to miss most of the remainder of the year. However, he did return for September.
Hideki Matsui joined the Yankees in 2003 after playing 10 years in Japan with the Yomiuri Giants.
Matsui is currently the Yankees leftfielder.
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