The Seibu Lions announced that Kazuo Matsui will be returning to their organization as a player/technical coach. He was assigned his old uniform number 7. Matsui will wear the Seibu uniform again for the first time since 2003. The media is reporting that the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated forty million yen.
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Forty-one-year-old Kazuo Matsui told reporters on September 22 that he wanted to continue playing next year. He said that he still had the desire to play and that that was the reason why he was still working hard.
Matsui is 16-for-76 with a slash line of .211/.277/.342 in forty-four Ichi-gun games this year. He is currently at Ni-gun. He started at designated hitter and batted third against Yakult on September 22. He went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts.
[UPDATE 10/12 @ 11:35pm]
Matsui might be willing to leave the Eagles to keep his career alive.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2017
[UPDATE 10/13 @ 1:50am]
The Eagles offered Matsui a coaching position, but he turned it down because he wants to keep playing.
Source: Sanspo 10/12/2017
[UPDATE 10/14 @ 1:20am]
Matsui could end up back with his old team, the Seibu Lions.
[UPDATE 10/22 @ 10:16pm]
The Eagles are trying to keep Matsui in the organization by offering him a job (staff, front office, coach). The veteran is not ready to retire and will most likely leave the team for playing time.
[UPDATE 10/25 @ 3:48pm]
The media learned on October 24 that Matsui has decided to leave the Eagles to pursue playing time with another team. He has already asked the team for his release. Rakuten is expected to make an official announcement within the next few days.
[UPDATE 10/28 @ 3:38am]
The Eagles officially announced on October 27 that they were not going to sign Matsui to a contract for the 2018 season. The Lions are interested in the veteran. Sponichi is reporting that they might offer him a oosition as player/coach.
[UPDATE 11/5 @ 11:38am]
The Lions might offer Matsui his old uniform number 7.
Source: Sponichi 11/5/2017
[UPDATE 11/16 @ 11:13pm]
The Lions could make an announcement about Matsui on November 17.0 Comments
Matsui blasted the 200th home run of his career on April 22 and became the 100th player in NPB history to reach the milestone. At forty-one years and five months, he joined George Altman (forty-two years and three months) as the only players to hit their 200th after turning forty. The previous high for a Japanese player was Atsuya Furuta at thirty-eight years and ten months.
Matsui also joined Hiromi Matsunaga as the only switch-hitters in NPB history to hit 200 or more home runs.0 Comments
Forty-year-old Kazuo Matsui believes he can still play and is not ready to retire. He would like to continue playing for the Rakuten Eagles. He is currently in the final year of a two-year deal. The Eagles are expected to sit down with Matsui after the season to discuss the possibility of a contract for 2017.0 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles could look to Kazuo Matsui as an emergency reliever.
Four of Rakuten’s last six games have gone into extra innings. The bullpen is overworked and Matsui could end up pitching if they run out of arms. The veteran is prepared to do what he can to help the team.
Masataka Nashida started thinking about using Matsui as an emergency reliever during an extra inning game on April 23 against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Prince Dome. Eight pitchers were available and he called on the eighth pitcher in the twelfth inning. Nashida told Matsui he might have to take the mound if the eighth pitcher was unable to make it out of the inning.
Source: Sponichi 4/26/20160 Comments
Kazuo Matsui hurt his right knee when he ran into Zelous Wheeler while playing defense during a game against Lotte at QVC Marine on March 29. He returned to the starting line-up on April 13 for the first time since the injury.
Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2016
Matsui’s home run in the fourth inning was his first of the season.0 Comments