Originally written on Fenway West  |  Last updated 9/28/12
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It is ironic that Daisuke Matsuzaka will probably start the final game of this unhappy Red Sox season. Since the Sox will not re-sign him and it is unlikely that any other club will pick him up, it will be an unhappy ending to his career in American baseball.Long before the team signed him prior to the 07 season, Matsuzaka was already a legend. While still in high school in Yokohama in 1998, he had led his school to the National Championship with some incredible efforts in the playoffs, called Summer Koskien. In the quarterfinal, he threw 250 pitches in a 17-inning win the day after a complete-game shutout with 148. In the final, he tossed a no-hitter. American scouts were starting to notice. Despite being recruited by the Rockies and Diamondbacks, Daisuke elected to stay at home and play for the Seibu Lions. In an 8-year career (1999-2006), he captured many awards-Rookie of the Year, three Best Nine and seven Gold Gloves. He led the league in strikeouts 5 times, in wins 3 times an...
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