Hideki Matsui signed a one-day minor-league contract with the New York Yankees early before Sunday's ceremony honoring the popular former player with a Bobblehead Day against the Tampa Bay Rays. Matsui then signed his retirement papers during a pre-game ceremony on the field so he would retire as a New York Yankee.
The pre-game festivities included a video tribute...
Former New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui received the People's Honor Award from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at an elaborate ceremony at Tokyo Dome on Sunday.
Matsui and his former manager with the Yomiuri Giants, Shigeo Nagashima, received the award, which is bestowed on those who have made significant achievements in their careers and are beloved by the public...
Well, Hideki Matsui will be returning to the Yankees.
For one day.
Plans are in the works for the Yankees to sign Matsui to a one-day contract so he can retire as a Yankee, according to George King of the New York Post. Matsui originally announced his retirement from baseball back in December.
Signed prior to the 2003 season, Matsui quickly became a fan favorite. Over his seven years...
Former New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui is set to retire after a two-decade long career in the major leagues and with Japan's Yomiuri Giants, according to multiple reports.
Matsui, often referred to as "Godzilla,'' hit a career .282 with 175 home runs in 10 MLB seasons with the Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays.
In 34 games...
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...
The Hideki Matsui era in Tampa Bay began with a bang three months ago, a jammed press conference at Tropicana Field that included some 40 members of the Japanese media, followed by a pair of towering home runs in two of his first three games.
It ended Wednesday afternoon with a whimper, a short press release announcing that Matsuis days as a Ray were over.
The slumping Japanese...
ST. PETERSBURG After a month in the making, Matsui Mania descended upon Tropicana Field with one Godzilla-worthy wallop.
Veteran slugger Hideki Matsui may have taken his time moving up the ranks of the Tampa Bay Rays' minor leagues, accompanied each step of the way by a throng of some 50 Japanese media members.
But he wasted absolutely no time Tuesday night endearing himself...
ST. PETERSBURG Inside a jammed auxiliary clubhouse, some 50 Japanese media members and a large local press contingent gathered Tuesday morning for the official introduction of the highest-profile minor leaguer in Tampa Bay Rays history.
Hello, Hideki Matsui.
The iconic Japanese slugger and longtime fixture for the New York Yankees took his seat on a platform beside a translator...
TAMPA BAY- The Rays just brought age and wisdom to their lineup with the announcement that they have inked Hideki Matsui to a minor league contract.
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The Tampa Bay Rays would like to bolster their depth at designated hitter and in the outfield and have had discussions with free agent Hideki Matsui.
If signed, Matsui likely would receive a minor league contract and be sent to extended spring training before reporting to Triple-A Durham.
The 37-year-old has played nine major league seasons for the New York Yankees, Los Angeles...
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April 23, 2012