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Asia-Pacific's Highest Earning Athletes

Daisuke Matsuzaka entered the American Major League in 2006 after pitching eight years in Japan’s major baseball league. He signed a widely publicized six-year $52 million contract with the Boston Red Sox after the team out bid other interested teams. Being part of the 2007 World Series championship team, Matsuzaka was the first Japanese pitcher to start and win a game in the series’ history.His popularity in Japan has continued to grow. Baseball players born in April 1980 to 1981 have been call

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10. Daisuke Matsuzaka $8.3 million

Daisuke Matsuzaka entered the American Major League in 2006 after pitching eight years in Japan’s major baseball league.

He signed a widely publicized six-year $52 million contract with the Boston Red Sox after the team out-bid other franchises.

An integral part of the 2007 World Series championship team, Matsuzaka was the first Japanese pitcher to start and win a game in the series’ history.

His popularity in Japan has continued to grow. Baseball players born between April 1980 and 1981 have been called the “Matsuzaka Generation.”

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