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Daisuke Matsuzaka Calls It A Career

October 19, 2021

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher and Japanese phenom Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched for the last time as a professional baseball player on Tuesday, October 19.

The 41-year-old Matsuzaka played for the Red Sox from 2007 to 2012. He was known for featuring seven types of pitches, and also for wild ups and downs.

Matsuzaka pitched one last time for the Seibu Lions on Tuesday night; it’s the team as a member of which he made his Nippon Professional Baseball debut at 18 years old. 

Matsuzaka was yanked after issuing a five-pitch walk. He announced on July 7 that he would be retiring at the end of this season because of a spine injury that he has failed to recover from, according to Kyodo News.

Matsuzaka’s fastest pitch during the outing was 73 miles per hour.

 

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