Hideki Matsui needs one more hit to reach 2,000 in his career with the Yomiuri Giants and Yankees. This would grant him membership in Meikyukai, “the association of great players.”
A player has to reach 2,000 hits, 200 wins or 250 saves to be invited.
The club was created by legendary pitcher Masaichi Kaneda in 1978 and he remains the chief executive. The Meikyukai mostly makes appearances in charity and volunteer events, and holds annual meetings.
Read more about the Meikyukai here. My Japanese friends tell me it’s pronounced “May Q Kai.”
Kaneda himself will be at Yankee Stadium tomorrow to present Matsui with a special jacket.
This is a very big deal for Matsui and the fans in Japan. Hopefully he gets a hit soon and can enjoy having Mr. Kaneda here to watch him.