Baby Godzilla Goes West

Here's a trade deficit that the WTO can't fix. Every year, it seems, Japan sends its best baseball player to America's major leagues while the U.S. ships back geriatric has-beens and misfits. This year is no different. The latest Japanese export is skillful, switch-hitting shortstop Kazuo Matsui, who announced on Nov. 17 that he would leave the Seibu Lions and sign with an American team. "It's been my dream to play in the majors," says Matsui, sounding like a replay of the 2002 announcement by the New York Yankees' Hideki Matsui. (No relation to Kazuo, although easily confused U.S. sportswriters have...

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