6 Nov 2009

Matsui crowned baseball World Series MVP

11:43 am on 6 November 2009

The New York Yankees slugger Hideki Matsui has been crowned the baseball World Series' Most Valuable Player.

Matsui, who earned the nickname Godzilla thanks to his power with the bat, became the first Japanese player to win the award after the Yankees' 7-3 Game Six win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Japanese media flashed up news of Matsui's success while national broadcaster NHK led its hourly news report with the World Series result.

The slugger, who played for the Yomiuri Giants before signing with the Yankees in 2003, drove in six runs in the series decider to tie the record for most RBIs in a World Series game.