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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:53 AM

MLB/ Matsui announces retirement from Major Leagues


Hard-hitting Hideki Matsui, who set milestones for Japanese players in Major League Baseball, announced his retirement on Dec. 27, the organization's website reported.

The 38-year-old Matsui played 10 seasons in MLB, seven of them with the New York Yankees, producing the most home runs, runs batted in and walks by a Japanese player in the league.

A two-time All-Star with the Yankees, he was the first Japanese-born player to win World Series MVP honors in 2009, going 8-for-13 with three homers and eight runs batted in as the Yankees beat the Phillies for the title in 2009.

One of Japan's most dominant hitters with the Yomiuri Giants from 1993-2002, he joined the Yankees in 2003.

In 10 Major League seasons, he batted .282 with 760 runs batted in while playing with the Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays.

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Reply MLB/ Matsui announces retirement from Major Leagues (Original post)
AsahinaKimi Jan 2013 OP
Renew Deal Jan 2013 #1
Auggie Jan 2013 #2
JonLP24 Jan 2013 #3
Renew Deal Jan 2013 #4
madinmaryland Jan 2013 #5
El Supremo Jan 2013 #8
madinmaryland Jan 2013 #9
El Supremo Jan 2013 #10
madinmaryland Jan 2013 #11
sadbear Jan 2013 #6
Ter Jan 2013 #13
Ter Jan 2013 #12
El Supremo Jan 2013 #7

Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:15 PM

1. He was a great player.

Does he make the Hall of Fame?

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:25 PM

2. No

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:38 PM

3. I think it depends

Is it a hall of fame for pro baseball overall or just MLB careers? In the first case, yes, second case, no.

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Response to JonLP24 (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:44 PM

4. I think it's a little of both

The Negro League is in the HoF. Matsui should get some credit for the years he spent in Japan.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 06:43 PM

5. Are there any players who spent their time primarily in Japan in the HoF?

Just curious.

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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:03 PM

8. No. There aren't any Nipponese at all.

Until Ichiro.

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:08 PM

9. Yes. I suppose he would be the favourite Nipponese player of the Sporks writers to

be indicted into the HoF.

Has Bud $elig been indicted into the HoF?

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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:20 PM

10. No, but he would have bombed Pearl Harbour if he could have.

Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:28 PM

11. Heh! You conversion is almost complete!!



I see that your Souners are getting thumped by your new favourite, Texas A&M!!

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 10:49 PM

6. He won't get in before Ichiro.

And Ichiro should get in.

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Response to sadbear (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:13 PM

13. Ichiro is a shoe-in

 

He started in his late 20's in the MLB and has 2,600+ hits already, and the most consecutive 200+ hit seasons ever.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:12 PM

12. He won't even get 20% of the vote

 

His stats don't ad up.

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 10:57 PM

7. I like Kazuo Matsui better. n/m

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