Japan's Matsui Hideki Chosen for US Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot (News)


New York, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)—Matsui Hideki, a former Japanese slugger who played for the New York Yankees and won the World Series most valuable player award in 2009, was among the 19 new candidates for the 2018 US National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, announced on Monday.

Matsui Hideki at a pregame ceremony in Tampa, Florida, on February 27, 2014. (© Jiji)

Matsui, 43, who retired from professional baseball in 2012 with a record of 175 homers during his 10-year career in the United States, is the second Japanese baseball player to be nominated for the prestigious honor for the sport after former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Nomo Hideo, who was selected for the 2014 ballot.

Candidates eligible for the ballot, to be voted by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, must have spent at least 10 years as a Major League Baseball player and have been retired for five years.

To be inducted into the Hall of Fame, candidates are required to gain at least 75% of the votes. Those who receive less than 5% of the votes will be removed from consideration for the honor.

The results of the ballot will be announced on January 24, 2018.

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