Daisuke Matsuzaka Hopes to Play Another 10 Years

Daisuke Matsuzaka Hopes to Play Another 10 YearsDaisuke Matsuzaka has been stateside for three years. If he gets his way, he'll remain for at least another 10.

On Tuesday, Matsuzaka told WEEI.com that he hopes to play until he's 40 — or beyond.

"I think both personally and from a family standpoint, we're all enjoying our lives over here in the U.S., and if at all possible I would like to play over here as long as I can," the 29-year-old said.

"I guess in the very least I hope that I can play for at least another 10 years here in the U.S."

Matsuzaka cited Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryan as someone he hopes to emulate. Ryan played his final season at age 46 for the Texas Rangers and penned a book called Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible. Veteran teammates turned Matsuzaka onto Ryan's book when Dice-K was breaking into the game over in Japan. Matsuzaka cited the book as a big influence in making sure he worked hard to stay in shape and produce.

Matsuzaka won 33 games in his first two years in Boston, but had an injury-plagued 2009 that he is hoping to bounce back from in a big way in 2010.

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