Baseball is again within the Olympics, and Japan rolled out a former Yankees star to have fun.
Hideki Matsui was considered one of three Japanese baseball legends who served as torch bearers Friday in Japan Nationwide Stadium in the course of the Opening Ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics. Matsui was accompanied by Sadaharu Oh — baseball’s world residence run king — and Shigeo Nagashima, who gained the Japan Sequence championship 14 occasions in a enjoying and managing profession.
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Because the Yankees’ manufacturing from left fielders and left-handed hitters alike has bottomed out this season, it was straightforward to image followers at residence watching the 47-year-old Matsui stroll the observe and questioning whether or not he nonetheless has a fast bat. He spent the primary seven of his 10 MLB seasons with the Yankees, and he was a two-time MLB All-Star and 2009 World Sequence MVP with a fame as a category act.
Earlier than he arrived in New York together with his “Godzilla” nickname, Matsui performed for Japan’s hottest franchise, the Yomiuri Giants, from 1993-2002, incomes a spot within the Japanese Baseball Corridor of Fame. He retired after the 2013 season and later joined the Yankees’ entrance workplace as an adviser to normal supervisor Brian Cashman.
Oh had an much more storied profession for Yomiuri, as he hit 868 residence runs over 22 years, a quantity that will eclipse Barry Bonds (762) and Hank Aaron (756) on the prime of the MLB file e book.
Japan and the USA are two of the six groups that can compete within the Olympic baseball event when it begins Wednesday. Baseball was final held within the 2008 Summer time Olympics.