(TOKYO) — Former New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui was presented with the People’s Honor Award from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a ceremony at the Tokyo Dome on Sunday. The award is given to those who have made a significant impact in their careers and are popular with the public.
Matsui spent 10 seasons (1993-2002) with the Yomiuri Giants of the Nippon Professional Baseball league where he hit .304 with 332 home runs and 889 RBIs, earning the nickname “Godzilla.” He was a nine-time All-Star, winning the Japan Series title three-times.
In 2002, Matsui signed with the New York Yankees, where he won the World Series championship in 2009.
Also honored at the ceremony was Matsui’s former Yomiuri Giants manager, Shigeo Nagashima.
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