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Matsuzaka was selected the MVP of the inaugural and the second World Baseball Classic, and is an Olympic bronze medalist.
He is the first player to have won both a World Baseball Classic and a World Series and for 6 years the only one until Robinson Canó, Octavio Dotel and Santiago Casilla joined him after the 2013 competition and 2006 WBC teammate Koji Uehara did with his 2013 World Series win.
By his second of three years, he had developed into the school's ace pitcher.
Despite his early success, he would experience a setback that summer when he threw a go-ahead wild pitch in the semi-final game of the Kanagawa Prefecture preliminary round of the National High School Baseball Championship (Summer Koshien).
He started the game in left field, but came in as a reliever in the ninth inning to record the win in 15 pitches.
In the final, he threw a no-hitter, the second ever in a final.
During that offseason, his fastballs first began to regularly sit around 87 mph (140 km/h).
After excelling at the Little League and junior high level, Daisuke Matsuzaka was admitted into Yokohama High School, a baseball powerhouse, in the spring of 1996.
This performance garnered him the attention of many scouts.
is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher for the Fukuoka Soft Bank Hawks.
He has played for the Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).
In the quarterfinal of the 1998 Summer Koshien, Matsuzaka threw 250 pitches in 17 innings in a win over PL Gakuen.
(The previous day he had thrown a 148-pitch complete game shutout.) The next day, despite trailing 6–0 in the top of the eighth inning, the team miraculously won the game after scoring 7 runs in the final two innings (four in the eighth and three in the ninth).