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Hideki Matsui is struggling at Triple-A for the Rays

May 25, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

Hideki Matsui Reuters

Because the Rays don’t have a pressing need for a designated hitter Hideki Matsui likely needs to put up some impressive numbers at Triple-A to turn his minor-league contract into a return to the majors.

So far at least it isn’t happening, as the 38-year-old Matsui has hit just .121 with zero homers in nine games for Durham, striking out six times while drawing just one walk.

Matsui’s contract is worth a prorated share of $900,000 if he’s called up to the majors, but until that happens he’s earning around $10,000 per month in the minors after being paid approximately $83 million during the past nine seasons.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 25, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Sayounara, Godzilla.

    • Old Gator - May 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      You haven’t watched many kaiju eika, have you? It’s never truly “sayonara.” Gamerathebrave, would you explain it to him a bit more forcefully, please?

    • pjmarn6 - May 25, 2012 at 6:11 PM

      Boo Hoo after taxes and agent he cleared over $56,000,000. Wisely investing it, he can get after taxes over $3,000,000 a year.

      I had the occasion to talk to the IRS and resident aliens who spend less than 183 days in the U.S. are not subject to capital gains taxes!!!!!!!

      So Godzilla can invest that $56,000,000 earn capital gains and not pay a penny to the U.S. Government if he spends 182 days working in the U.S.

      What working slob U.S. citizen who invests in the stock market doesn’t have to pay taxes on capital gains to the U.S. government?

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 25, 2012 at 7:23 PM

        Um, okay.

  2. deathmonkey41 - May 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Yeah, hate to see this happen to one of the most professional hitters ever, but time waits for no man.

  3. garryfish - May 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Saw him play last week and his bat speed is no longer there. Time for him to retire and go back to Japan

  4. denny65 - May 25, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Shhhh, let’s not let Ichiro hear about this.

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