Former Yankees' Slugger Hideki Matsui to Announce Retirement

Injuries take you out of the game for a short period.  Retirement takes you out for all time.  Hideki Matsui, former New York Yankees slugger, plans to announce his retirement from Major League Baseball.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, among others, Matsui will make the announcement today.

Matsui played 10 seasons in the Majors after playing 10 seasons in Japan.  As soon as he arrived in the states, he made an impact.  In 2003, Matsui played 163 regular season games for the Yankees (yes an extra game was in there), and he finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting.  Matsui would not miss a game until the 2006 season when he battled through injuries and only played in 51 games.  Age began to catch up with him at that point and he wouldn't play more than 145 games again in his career.

In all, Matsui amassed an impressive 1,253 hits and 175 home runs in his Major League career.  He hit .282/.360/.462 in his ten seasons.  Matsui was a two-time All-Star and twice finished in the top-25 of American League MVP voting.

He is best remembered for his days with the Yankees.  Matsui played for New York for seven seasons and hit .292/.370/.482.  He played three more seasons after leaving New York, for the Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, and the Tampa Bay Rays.  Matsui is 38 years old.

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