Japan Professional Baseball, Seibu Lions officially announced to accept a highest biding price for Daisuke Matsuzaka, 26 years old pitcher who will play baseball in Major League Baseball using posting system. The contract price as a transfer fee is 6 billion yen ($51.11 million), and the successful bidder was “Boston Red Sox”. The price is beyond Ichiro whose contact price was 1.4 billion yen ($13.12 million) in 2000.
Daisuke is a well-known pitcher since he is a high school student. He participated in Koshien which is all Japan baseball games for high schools, and he led his team to victory twice at Koshien. He attracted a great deal of attention as a “baseball monster”
In 1998, Daisuke entered Seibu Lions. His pitching is always incredible and he announced 155km/h at his first start.
People in the world maybe know Daisuke as an ace of Japan at World Baseball Classics in 2006. He was the pitcher with the 3 wins which was the greatest number at the game, and he was prized MVP.
In 2003, he got married to an announcer, Tomoyo Shibata. Tomoyo gave birth to a girl in 2005.
Everyday Medias broadcast this news in Japan since Daisuke announced to join MLB. I even cannot imagine and feel how much is 6 billion yen. Anyway, I hope Daisuke will be an iron-armed pitcher in the U.S, and be a monster like Godzilla Matsui.