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A’s manager Bob Melvin wants Hideki Matsui back in 2012

Aug 15, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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Hideki Matsui has recovered from a miserable first half to hit .400 with five homers and seven doubles in 27 games since the All-Star break, playing so well that manager Bob Melvin told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’d like the A’s to re-sign the 37-year-old.

That is, if Melvin is back in 2012.

Matsui has reportedly cleared waivers, making him eligible to be traded, and the A’s would presumably be thrilled to cash him in for any kind of decent prospect between now and August 31.

Matsui has about $1 million left on a one-year, $4.25 million deal and even the excellent second-half has him hitting just .260 with 11 homers and a .750 OPS in 103 games overall.

  1. chrisdtx - Aug 15, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Melvin was obviously impressed with his postseason performance, and would like to have a player like him on his roster.

  2. seanmk - Aug 15, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    melvin’s main reason is he love matsui’s video collection

    • Old Gator - Aug 15, 2011 at 2:56 PM

      My favorite is Godzilla Goes to the Ginza.

  3. dailyrev - Aug 15, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Maybe a little translation is in order: Melvin, a baseball lifer with vast respect for the true professionals of the game, is telling mgt.: whatever you do with this guy, treat him with the respect and honor he has earned. Matsui is one of those guys whose jersey you hope to see on the backs of kids playing in the sandlots. A total pro whose character was tested in the heat of the Bronx Zoo, where he was heroic and then of course tossed aside like a sack of spit. Melvin is merely saying to his mgt.: don’t be like that, not with this guy.

  4. clydeserra - Aug 15, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Interim manager Bob Melvin forgot to mention that he would like Bob Melvin to return next year.

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