Fan favorite and baseball icon Hideki Matsui will retire after 10 years in the major leagues, according to sources. Matsui played 10 years in Japan prior to coming to the states before the 2003 season. That year, he finished second in the Rookie Of the Year voting to Kansas City Royals’ shortstop Angel Berroa.
During his tenure in the major leagues with four teams (NYY, LAA, OAK, TB) “Godzilla” hit .282 with 175 homers. His best all-around year came in 2005 with New York when he hit .305 with 23 home runs and 116 RBIs.
However, he will be remembered most for his performance in the 2009 World Series with the Yanks, his final year in New York. He hit .615 (8-for-14) while slugging three home runs against the Phillies en route to capturing his only ring and World Series MVP award. In the deciding Game Six, Matsui went 3-for-6 with a home run, 2 doubles and 6 RBIs, one of the greatest performances in a World Series game, and clincher to boot.
According to ESPN, at the time, Matsui becam...