Found December 27, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Hideki Matsui
TEAMS: Tampa Bay Rays
Hideki Matsui was the first player ever to play 10 seasons at the top levels of baseball in both Japan and America, and according to reports he’s finally ready to retire. Word of Matsui’s impending retirement was first reported by 47 News in Japan, and later confirmed by ESPN sources. The 38-year-old spent part of last season with the Tampa Bay Rays, spending time as the team’s designated hitter before finally being waived and released midseason. He’s perhaps best remembered in America for leading the Yankees to their 2009 World Series championship, winning the World Series MVP. In his ten seasons in MLB — also spending a year with the Angels — Matsui hit 175 home runs, finishing his career with a .822 OPS. In Japan Matsui played for the Yomiuri Giants, hitting 332 home runs, including 50 in his final season in 2002. He’s still noted as one of the best players in the history of Nippon Professional Baseball. Photo via Flickr/Keith Allison

Hideki Matsui retires from baseball

After a illustrious career in Japan and ten seasons playing in the United States, Hideki Matsui will retire from baseball. Matsui who earned the nickname Godzilla had drawn some interest in free agency this winter. The 38-year-old Matsui was a regular with the New York Yankees from 2003 though 2009. He later played with the Los Angeles Angels. Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays...

Former Yankees' Slugger Hideki Matsui to Announce Retirement

Injuries take you out of the game for a short period.  Retirement takes you out for all time.  Hideki Matsui, former New York Yankees slugger, plans to announce his retirement from Major League Baseball. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, among others, Matsui will make the announcement today. Matsui plans to make the retirement announcement today. sankei sports 1st...

Hideki Matsui set to retire

According to a Japanese newspaper and via Adam Berry of, 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...

Former Yankee Hideki Matsui to Retire

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...

Hideki Matsui calls it a career

On Thursday, former Yankees left fielder/DH Hideki Matsui announced he'd be retiring. The 38-year old finishes his career in America with a career line of .282/.360/.462, 175 homers, and 1253 hits in 1236 games over ten seasons stateside. Matsui played in the first 518 games of his career, the record to begin a major league career, before breaking his wrist in 2006. But it...

Report: Matsui to retire

Godzilla is retiring after 20 years of wreaking havoc on two continents. Former outfielder Hideki Matsui is set to retire after a two-decade long career split evenly across the major leagues and Japan's Yomiuri Giants, according to a report from Japanese media outlet Sanspo. The 38-year-old last played with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012, but was released in August after he appeared...

Hideki Matsui To Retire

After 20 years of playing professional baseball, former New York Yankee Hideki Matsui has decided to call it a career. The outfielder, affectionately nicknamed “Godzilla”, first arrived stateside in 2003, when Matsui signed a four year, $52 million deal with the New York Yankees. At the time, Matsui’s contract was the richest for a Japanese player [...]

Hideki Matsui Day Continues

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Hideki Matsui to Announce Retirement

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Hideki Matsui Highlight Reel

It seems like yesterday that Paul Rudd yelled, "Honey, I just drafted Hideki Matsui!"

It came in "Knocked Up," when Paul Rudd - wearing an Orioles jersey - was found "cheating" on his wife in a fantasy baseball draft. He had selected Godzilla, probably in a high round, and every guy watching the movie had to appreciate its realism. Yeesh. Has it been that long? The movie is spawning a sequel - "This is 40" - and nobody will ever draft...

Hideki Matsui, The Sayonara Kid

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