Ex-Red Sox Star Daisuke Matsuzaka, Now 40, Signs Contract With Japanese Team

Matsuzaka missed the entire 2020 season due to an injury


The gyroball lives.

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, now 40 years old, recently signed a one-year contract with the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, according to the team. Matsuzaka signed with Seibu a year ago but missed the entire 2020 season after undergoing cervical spine surgery in July.

?I?m thankful they offered me a new contract,? Matsuzaka said in a statement, via The Japan Times. ?I?ll aim to win at (Seibu home stadium) MetLife Dome next year and pay back the club and fans.?

Matsuzaka began his professional career in 1999 with the Saitama Seibu Lions. He left NPB in 2006 to join the Boston Red Sox, whom he pitched for from 2007 to 2012, winning one World Series. He spent the final two seasons of his eight-year Major League Baseball career with the New York Mets.

The right-hander never quite lived up to the enormous hype that followed him from Japan, but he nevertheless was a solid big leaguer, amassing a 56-43 record to go along with a 4.45 ERA.

Since leaving America, Matsuzaka has played for NPB’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and Chunichi Dragons, appearing in just 18 games over five seasons.

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