Hideki Matsui set to retire
According to a Japanese newspaper and via Adam Berry of MLB.com, Yankees slugger Hideki Matsui has decided to hang up the cleats for the final time.
Matsui came state side 10 years ago but came as an already established star. He was commonly known as “Godzilla” for his powerful swing. When he signed with the Yankees he did not fail to deliver what many expected from him which were home runs. His career high came in 2009 with the Yankees when he hit 28 dingers.
During his 10 year MLB career, Matsui spent time with the Yankees, Angels, A’s and Rays. His last stop came with the Rays where he signed a Minor-League deal. He went on to post 147/.214/.221 with 2 HR’s, 7 RBI’s and a 24 OPS+ in 103 plate appearances.
Overall for his career, Matsui averaged .282/.360/.822 with total numbers of 175 home runs and 760 RBIs.
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