Hideki Matsui has announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. He will be holding a press conference in New York to make it official.
Matsui, who signed a deal in 2002 to join the Yankees, played in New York for seven seasons, winning one World Series in 2009 and earning the World Series MVP with an 8-13 performance against the Phillies. He hit three home runs and led the Yankees to their first title in nine years.
He batted .282/.360/.462 with 175 homers and 760 RBI in his MLB career.
After leaving New York, Matsui played with the Angels, A’s and he was released by the Rays last season after a disappointing 34 games.
Personally, I always liked Matsui. He was a solid player, his teammates loved him and he provided Yankee fans with a lot of great moments. From the aforementioned World Series MVP to his double in Game Seven of the 2003 ALCS to his grand slam against the Twins in his Yankee Stadium debut, Matsui thrived in the spotlight.
I was at the game on Opening Day in 2003 when he hit that grand slam against the Twins. It was a great introduction into Yankee lore for Matsui and his performance in the 2009 World Series was a nice bookend to close out his career in Pinstripes.