Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Hideki Matsui will sign a one-day minor league
contract with the New York Yankees on July 28 for the sake of officially
retiring from Major League Baseball as a member of the Yankees.
New York will honor Matsui with a pregame ceremony for the 1:05 p.m. ET start
against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Matsui came to North America in 2003 following a successful 10-year stint with
the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League.
In seven seasons with New York, Matsui collected 140 home runs, 196 doubles
and 597 RBI with a .292 average in 916 regular-season games, and won World
Series MVP honors in 2009 after hitting a scorching .615 with three homers and
eight RBI in a six-game triumph over defending champion Philadelphia.
Matsui played for three different clubs over the last three seasons, spending
2010 with the Angels, 2011 with Oakland and last season with Tampa Bay. The
left-handed slugger managed just two homers and seven runs batted in over 34
games for the Rays, with a career-low .147 average.
Matsui ended his major league career with a .282 average, 175 homers and 760
RBI over 1,236 games. In 56 games over 11 postseason series, "Godzilla" struck
for 10 homers, 15 doubles, 39 RBI and hit a robust .312. He was a two-time
All-Star selection who finished second in Rookie of the Year voting in 2003.
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