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Hideki Matsui will retire as a Yankee

May 30, 2013, 7:34 PM EDT

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Hideki Matsui already opted for retirement over the winter, but he’s going to go out as a Yankee.

The Yankees announced earlier this afternoon that Matsui will sign a one-day minor league contract with the club on July 28 in order to announce his official retirement. He’ll be honored at Yankee Stadium on the same day.

Here’s part of the official press release:

The New York Yankees will honor the illustrious career of Hideki Matsui before their scheduled 1:05 p.m. game on Sunday, July 28 vs. Tampa Bay.

Matsui will sign a one-day minor league contract with the Yankees on July 28 in order to announce his official retirement that day as a New York Yankee. His parents are also expected to be in attendance at the game.

Additionally, on July 28, the Yankees will hold a special pregame homeplate ceremony for Matsui, and the first 18,000 Guests at the game will receive a Hideki Matsui bobblehead presented by AT&T – which portrays the slugger with his 2009 World Series MVP trophy.

In honor of Matsui, who wore uniform No. 55 with the Yankees, the day’s events are to take place on the Yankees’ originally scheduled 55th home game of the 2013 season.

After posting huge numbers in Japan, Matsui signed with the Yankees in the winter of 2002 and spent seven seasons with the club before making stops with the Angels, Athletics, and Rays in recent years. He compiled a .282/.360/.462 career batting line in the majors to go along with 175 home runs and 760 RBI. A two-time All-Star, Matsui was named the World Series MVP in 2009 after he went 8-for-13 with three home runs and eight RBI in six games against the Phillies.

  1. tfbuckfutter - May 30, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    With Vernon Wells being decent and Travis Hafner being even better they might as well run Matsui out there.

    He’d probably have his best season ever for the Yankees.

    Hell, throw him at Shortstop or Catcher. He’ll probably find out he’s awesome at it.

    Goddamn Yankees.

    • rufuscornpone - May 31, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      Though it appears the Wells magic is running out.

      After his awesome April, he hit .229/.260/.375 in May, which strikes me as much closer to the player he actually is now.

  2. dondada10 - May 30, 2013 at 7:43 PM


    I remember when the Yankees signed him their fans thought he was gonna be a mix of Barry Bonds and Ichiro. That wasn’t him but he had a hell of a career both in Japan and in the States.

    • tfbuckfutter - May 30, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      He was exactly a mixture of Ichiro and Barry…..

      Oh wait, you weren’t referring to him being Japanese and also having one of the biggest craniums on earth?

      • tuberippin - May 31, 2013 at 5:50 AM

        Biggest porn collections*

  3. tuberippin - May 30, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Hideki Matsui was the barrier that stood between the Phils and back-to-back titles.


    — A Phillies fan

  4. purp1234 - May 30, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    hes drawing a picture of his wife so she can be in attendance too

  5. stayclassyasheville - May 30, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Also retiring is Matsui’s world famous porn collection.

    • tfbuckfutter - May 30, 2013 at 10:04 PM


      He has the only known copy of 2 Geisha’s, 1 Rice Bowl!

      (I’m going to be very honest….I have no idea if that was super culturally insensitive or not….)

      • 6stn - May 30, 2013 at 10:27 PM

        I’m not sure either, but as the comments come in, we’ll find out.

      • slystone111 - May 31, 2013 at 12:44 AM

        I would love to see the reaction videos of people watching that.

  6. sknut - May 30, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    This may be a minor thing but why does he need to sign a minor league contract? Seems odd. But congrats on a succesfull career.

    • whatthehellisansky - May 30, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      Doesnt everyone dream of retiring a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRider?

  7. 13arod - May 30, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    why is nbc writing this story now i heard about this in janary

  8. multiplemiggs - May 30, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    yea he was just like ichiro a jap with the same batting stance, and barry, a cheater whos name wasnt released by the feds yet

    • nategearhart - May 30, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      “Jap”? Seriously?

      • tfbuckfutter - May 31, 2013 at 12:09 AM

        Is it the shortening of the name that is actually offensive, or the reference to the person being preceded by “a”?

        Because to me “He’s a jap” or “He’s a Jew” both sound offensive, but I’m not sure it’s the shortening of the word so much as making it sound objectifying.

        “He’s black” is ok….

        But “He’s a black” is not.

        This goes for pluralization too…..”the Jews” or “the blacks” is never succeeded by anything but a racist generalization.

      • rufuscornpone - May 31, 2013 at 12:14 AM

        You know what makes it racist? When it is used a derogatory term to disparage someone based on their race. There is nothing inherently bad about any word…all that matters is the context the word is put in to. “Jap” is a term popularized to disparage people of Japanese ancestry….ergo it’s it’s offensive.

      • nategearhart - May 31, 2013 at 12:20 AM

        Rufus beat me to it. There’s not a single example from ever in history of “Jap” being used in a non-disparaging way.

  9. pisano - May 31, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Maybe Arod will take a hint and follow Matsui’s lead, asap.

  10. RoyHobbs39 - May 31, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Though a Yankee Hater, I was always a Matsui fan. I enjoyed his approach toward the game. I will always remember the time he sustained a hand injury during a game. He tried to continue, but he could not. He ended having surgery. And then what did he do? He apologized to the fans for being injured and said he would work his hardest to getting back on the playing field.

    • buggieowens - May 31, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      I’m a Red Sox fan but I too had a tremendous amount of respect for Matsui for his honorable way he handled himself with that injury.

  11. joeflaccosunibrow - May 31, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    This is cool to see.

    I remember how he would pad his batting average on my Orioles pitching. Good Luck Godzilla!

    • jwbiii - May 31, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      The wonders of selective memory. Matsui hit 269/358/424 against the Orioles and 282/360/462 overall.

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