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Hideki Matsui dropped to seventh in the order

May 25, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

Hideki Matsui headshot angels.jpgI loved Hideki Matsui’s World Series performance. I would love to have a hitter like Hideki Matsui in my lineup.  If I did, though, he’d be way down low in the order, just like the Angels are doing with him now:

Hideki Matsui was dropped from the cleanup spot to the fifth spot on May 3, from
fifth to sixth on May 14, and from sixth to seventh Monday night. If
the designated hitter doesn’t snap out of his monthlong slump, he might
be in danger of being dropped from the lineup altogether.

The problem is a simple one: dude is
batting just .229 with a .302 on-base percentage.  That doesn’t get the job done even at his relatively reasonable contract.

But hey, at least Yankees fans can stop beating themselves up over the Nick Johnson signing, right?

  1. Nasty Boy - May 25, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    “But hey, at least Yankee fans can stop beating themselves up over the Nick Johnson signing, right?”… Wrong, at least he could suit up and play . If Johnson coughed too hard he’d be on the DL . We all know Johnny Damon and Boros got in the way on this deal . Matsui bolted because he thought the Yankees would resign Damon . Hindsight is 20/20 , if Cashman could do it over again Nick Johnson would never be wearing pinstripes.

  2. Big Harold - May 25, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    First of all, Matsui’s lethargic start should not be so unexpected. As a Yankee fan I’ve watched him enough to know this isn’t unusual. Also, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if he ends the season with representative numbers. The Man is a professional hitter.
    Secondly, for the life of me I can’t understand why people can’t grasp that Matsui left before Cashman ever got a chance to make a decision about him. Cashman would have, and rightfully so, been raked over the coals had he merely resigned both Matsui and Damon last off season. The Yankees could not afford to retain two defensively challenged DH types with the veterans that they already had on the roster. Damon would have been the preferred of the two because of his superior defensive ability but he decided to play hard ball, (no pun intended). Matsui, wisely, decided not to leave his fate in the hands of Damon’s contact talks and took what he saw was a decent offer. This isn’t a new concept, nor is the idea that Matsui will likely start putting some really good swings on pitches and justify his contract. The man is a gamer, with a total Pro and that oozes class.

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