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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Ex-major leaguer Matsuzaka walks away from baseball with love for game

Former Boston Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka said Tuesday he is glad he can end his 23-year baseball career still loving the game.

The 41-year-old seven-time Japanese Golden Glove winner pitched one last time for the Seibu Lions, the Pacific League club where he started his career at age 18, at MetLife Dome on Tuesday night.

He took the mound against the Nippon Ham Fighters wearing No. 18, the “ace number” he wore in 1999 when he turned pro straight out of Yokohama High School….

Matsuzaka announced his retirement on July 7 after failing to recover from a cervical spine surgery last year. Before he signed with Seibu for the 2020 season, he was with the Central League’s Chunichi Dragons for two years and saw minimal action in 2019.

In discussing his decision to retire on Tuesday, Matsuzaka said he began setting things in motion after a bullpen session in late April, during which he nearly hit a batter in the head with a pitch.

Numbness in his right hand following the surgery had left him “scared of throwing balls,” he said. “I thought to myself, ‘I can’t throw anymore. I have to quit.’”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 19, 2021 at 10:46 AM | 24 comment(s)
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