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Two things you didn't know about Hideki Matsui

Oct 5, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

Thing number one: Angels GM Tony Reagins hasn’t totally ruled out bringing him back for 2011:

“Would I say that it’s completely out of the likelihood that he’ll be
back? I can’t say that at this point. You never know.”

Eh, I’m going to assume that’s just polite talk, because the Angels likely aren’t going to have room for him, what with Bobby Abreu almost certainly moving into the DH slot.  Still, given how everyone has assumed that Matsui was one-and-done in Anaheim, even a vague comment suggesting otherwise is noteworthy.

Something else you didn’t know: For all of the talk early in the season about Vlad Guerrero breaking out down in Texas and Matsui disappointing in Anaheim, Matsui actually finished the year with a higher OPS+ — that is, park adjusted OPS — than Vlad did (124 to 122). Matsui finished the season pretty darn strong, and ended up with a stat line that was pretty darn close to his career averages.

Matsui isn’t done. Someone would be wise to take a chance on him for one more year.  Hell, if they don’t win the World Series thanks to some poor clutch hitting this month, that someone could even be the Yankees, couldn’t it?

  1. BC - Oct 5, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Tampa could pick him up on the cheap. They’ll need a bat with Pena and Crawford likely gone.

  2. Ari Collins - Oct 5, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Fact 3 that not everyone knows: the guy has (at last count a few years ago) a 55,000 item porn collection.

  3. Trevor B - Oct 5, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    got proof?

  4. The Steve Jeltz Experiment - Oct 5, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Okay, he was lying. It’s actually 54,722 items.

  5. seanK - Oct 5, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    http://www.time.com/time/asia/2003/heroes/hideki_matsui.html
    Throughout it all, Matsui remained almost unnervingly low-key. He wears no earrings, no rock-star sunglasses, no outlandish hip-hop togs of the type favored by contemporaries like Ichiro. Flash just isn’t Matsui’s style, even if the conservative Giants hadn’t frowned on such outrĂ© displays. Instructed to stay in the team dormitory and refrain from dating during the first several years of his career, so as to devote all his concentration solely to baseball, Matsui agreeably complied, without so much as a whimper. Indeed, his only eccentricity, if it can be called that, is his extensive private library of adult videos. His refreshing ability to laugh self-deprecatingly about his porno collection, reporters say, is one reason why fans and even nonfans have taken to him so much. Says former reporter Isao Hirooka: “Hideki just wants to be like ordinary people.”

  6. Jim Abbott's Right-Hand Man - Oct 5, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    He “just wants to be like ordinary people”? Do ordinary people still buy hard copies of porn, or do they just download the free stuff?

  7. Ick McWang - Oct 5, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    agreed.

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