Hideki Matsui Retires

Japanese slugger Hideki Matsui, the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 World Series, announced his retirement today.

Matsui, 38, played professional baseball for 20 years – starring in Japan for a decade before embarking on a 10-year career in the US Major Leagues.

He was quick to make his mark with the venerable New York Yankees, becoming the first player in club history to hit a grand slam in his Yankees debut – against Minnesota on April 8, 2003.

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.


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