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December 20, 2002
BASEBALL: Davenport Translations From Japan

Clay Davenport's translations, courtesy of the Baseball Prospectus, of Japanese league stats from 1997-2001 for new Hated Yankees outfielder Hideki "Godzilla" Matsui, now age 29:

Year---Avg/OBP/Slg
1997--.278/.396/.528
1998--.276/.402/.538
1999--.277/.392/.572
2000--.305/.430/.627
2001--.313/.442/.586
5 Yrs-.290/.413/.570

Likely new Mets 3B Norihiro Nakamura, also 29:

1997--.248/.327/.451
1998--.267/.359/.508
1999--.276/.367/.513
2000--.285/.376/.590
2001--.333/.432/.639
5 yrs--.283/.374/.543

Matsui looks like the better hitter, but Nakamura has been rising in recent years, and may well justify the Mets' decision to let Edgardo Alfonzo go. I like the bold move on the part of both teams.

(Check Davenport's full report for more detailed stats and his projections on other hitters)

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