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Dice-K Signs New Deal to Continue Playing Baseball in Japan

Daisuke Matsuzaka, the former Boston Red Sox pitcher with the great nickname Dice-K, is still kicking around in Japan at 40 years old.

The Saitama Seibu Lions of the Pacific League announced last week that Matsuzaka signed a one-year deal with the team, according to the Japan Times.  He played for the team for eight seasons before leaving for the Red Sox in 2007. Dice-K was actually signed with them last season too, but spent much of it in rehab.

Since returning to Japan in 2015, he has also pitched for the SoftBank Hawks and the Chunichi Dragons.

If you had asked me off the top of my head, I probably would have thought that Matsuzaka was older than 40 years old. Nonetheless, it’s cool seeing players like him and Manny Ramirez continue baseball careers outside of MLB.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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