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Position: 2B      Born: Oct 23, 1975      Bats: Both      Throws: Right

Signed to a three-year contract before the 2008 season, Japanese-born Matsui has been the principle second baseman in Houston after previous play with the Mets and Rockies. He hit .259 with 15 homers over three seasons but was released early in 2010 for lack of production.

Combined with his statistics in Japan, Matsui has earned the Meikyukai, the Japanese version of the Baseball Hall of Fame.