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Report: Matt Murton to remain in Japan

Nov 28, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

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Many have assumed that Matt Murton will attempt a comeback in the majors at some point. While it may happen someday, it apparently won’t be in 2012.

Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker hears that Murton will remain with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Central League.

Murton, 30, left for Japan following the 2009 season. He batted .349 and broke Ichiro’s single-season hit record in his first year with the Tigers and while offense was down league-wide in NPB this season, he still managed to hit .311 with 13 homers and 60 RBI over 142 games.

Murton, a supplemental first-round pick of the Red Sox in 2003, batted .286/.352/.436 over parts of five seasons in the majors between the Cubs, Rockies and Athletics.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 28, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    In other news, Godzilla has just been sighted in Tokyo Bay despite rumors that he would be heading to Hollywood again. In his last attempt to play in the States, Godzilla batted .227/.246/.298 and destroyed the careers of most of his co-stars.

  2. baseballisboring - Nov 28, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    It’s too bad he got jerked around so much, a whole lot of teams could use the .350 OBP with good defense. But it must be kind of fun to be such a boss in Japan.

  3. dcfan4life - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    I am sure he is loving the night life, the girls, and the fame. But i bet he hates how expensive everything is and all the crazy TV shows.

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