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Rays release Hideki Matsui

Aug 1, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

Hideki Matsui Reuters Reuters

Last week the Rays designated Hideki Matsui for assignment and today they released the 38-year-old after he hit just .147 in 34 games.

It’s hard to imagine Matsui getting another big-league opportunity at this point, or at least not until he proves he can still hit a little bit in the minors.

Tampa Bay oddly called him up from Triple-A despite Matsui hitting just .170 in 13 games there.

Helluva career, both in Japan and America, but Matsui appears to be finished.

  1. hittfamily - Aug 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    The Rays might yet pick him up. If a player is DFA’d, there is a good chance he might start for the DFA’s at some point this season.

  2. henryd3rd - Aug 1, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Father Time is still undefeated

  3. pisano - Aug 1, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    He was great for the Yankees, but time takes it’s toll on us all. Good luck to him.

  4. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Aug 1, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Sayanara Godzira.

  5. tom1954 - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    A very classy guy who will be missed. Good luck to you sir.

  6. vallewho - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    ^What he said.

    I wonder if he drives a GT-R

  7. bosoxfan1950 - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    You’re right, Tom, he is a class act who will be missed. He was/is one of the few Yankees I liked as well as respected. I wish him well.

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