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Hideki Matsui

Full Name: Hideki Matsui
Born: 06/12/1974
Birthplace: Kanazawa, Japan
Height: 6'2" Weight: 230
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
College: N/A
MLB Debut: 03/31/2003


Was the recipient of the 2004 Thurman Munson Award which recognizes excellence on the field and philanthropic efforts off the field...received the award at the 25th Annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner on 2/1/05 to benefit the Association for the help of Retarded Children...aslo received the 2003 Outstanding Professional Award presented by the Tampa Sports Club to the pro athlete who has most distinguished himself/ herself in a particular sport while being a local resident or playing one year locally as an amateur...wife DeLeon is a gospel recording artist and sang the national anthem at Yankee Stadium prior to Game One of the 2004 American League Division Series vs. Minnesota on 10/5/04 and again before Game Seven of the American League Championship Series vs. Boston on 10/20/04...DeLeon also sang the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium on 7/28/99 financial supporter of Reviving Baseball in Innercities (R.B.I.) program...founded the Gary Sheffield Foundation in 1997, which provides children with an environment for personal, professional and spiritual growth...is the nephew of Dwight Gooden...graduated from Hillsborough High School in Tampa, FL...earned All-State honors in baseball during his senior year and was selected the top high school player in the nation by Gatorade...hit .500, averaged one home run every 4 at-bats and did not strike out once in 62 atbats during his senior season...also posted a 6-3 record with a 1.31 ERA as a pitcher...led his Belmont Heights team to the 1980 Little League World Series...originally signed by Dan Duquette and Jim Gabella.

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