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Hideki Matsui would listen if the A's called

Sep 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

Hiedki Matsui isn’t having a fabulous year, but it hasn’t been terrible either: .272/.361/.454 with 20 homers.  He’ll likely want to play again in 2011, and I’m guessing some teams may be willing to give him a look.

One team he talked about yesterday was the Athletics, who he tells Susan Slusser, might be a good fit for him:

said he likes the Bay Area and he noted that it has a “decent-sized
Asian community.” He also said that the vast Coliseum wouldn’t be any
deterrent as far as he is concerned.

“You could say it’s definitely a big ballpark. There’s a huge amount
of foul ground,” Matsui said. “But I’ve always had a positive
experience there. I’ve hit pretty well there.”

And, as Slusser points out, he has.  He doesn’t seem to make a ton of sense in Oakland, however, unless he’s willing to take a pretty sizable pay cut. After all, the A’s DH this year is Jack Cust.  His production has been fairly similar to Matsui’s — higher OBP, less power — and he’s done it for close to $4 million less than Matsui made.

Given that Oakland let Cust basically walk last winter only to sign him, send him to Sacramento and then bring him back to the big club, it’s not like there are a ton of bidders for his services.  They can probably pay him around the same in 2011 that they paid him this year, and stick with the devil they know rather than take a chance on one they don’t know. And if they truly want to improve an offense that really needs improving, they need to better than either Cust or Matsui.

Either way, I hope there is furious bidding for Matsui this winter. Because I really want to see my friend again.

  1. HomeHalfwayDotNet - Sep 30, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Makes sense…walk down the path of Eric Karros, Nomar Garciaparra, Mike Piazza and Frank Thomas, Hideki!

  2. V... - Sep 30, 2010 at 11:34 AM


  3. John_Michael - Sep 30, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    I like Matsui. My niece and nephew were adorable when he was a Yankee. They would yell ‘MATSUIIIIIIIIIIII’ every time they heard his name.
    Alas, this post about Matsui is severely lacking two things:
    1) Mention of the man’s ginormous ear lobes. Seriously large.
    2) His notorious porn collection:
    Matsui, also known back home for his large collection of porn films, said he and his wife have been planning their wedding for a year.

    Read more:

  4. Old Gator - Sep 30, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Porn films in Japan – live or anime – don’t carry the same mainstream stigma that they do here. Or, to put it another way, they’re not mainstream – they’re the subject of connoisseurship, as it were. But then, the Japanese culture doesn’t seesaw back and forth between erotomania and body horror the way our confused, juvenile, reverendpriestandminister-infested culture does. Stop leering, sit down and eat your blowfish gutspot and then go next door to the bath house and be quiet already.

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