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Hideki Matsui

40-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 210   DOB: 6/12/1974   BORN: Kanazawa, Japan   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Released by the Rays in August of 2012.

December 27, 2012  –  Hideki Matsui News

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Matsui will announce his retirement Thursday, Jack Curry of the YES Network reports.

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Hideki Matsui Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2005 31 MAJ NYY 162 703 629 108 192 71 45 3 23 116 2 2 63 78 0 8 3 .305 .367 .496 .863
2006 32 AA TRE 3 12 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 .250 .500 .250 .750
2006 32 MAJ NYY 51 201 172 32 52 17 9 0 8 29 1 0 27 23 0 2 0 .302 .393 .494 .887
2007 33 A TAM 2 6 6 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .666
2007 33 MAJ NYY 143 633 547 100 156 57 28 4 25 103 4 2 73 73 0 10 3 .285 .367 .488 .855
2008 34 A TAM 3 10 8 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .250 .400 .625 1.025
2008 34 MAJ NYY 93 378 337 43 99 26 17 0 9 45 0 0 38 47 0 0 3 .294 .370 .424 .795
2009 35 MAJ NYY 142 526 456 62 125 50 21 1 28 90 0 1 64 75 0 2 4 .274 .367 .509 .876
2010 36 MAJ LAA 145 554 482 55 132 46 24 1 21 84 0 1 67 98 0 4 1 .274 .361 .459 .820
2011 37 MAJ OAK 141 583 517 58 130 40 28 0 12 72 1 1 56 84 0 9 1 .251 .321 .375 .696
2012 38 AAA DUR 13 52 47 3 8 2 2 0 0 4 0 0 4 10 0 1 0 .170 .231 .213 .444
2012 38 MAJ TB 34 103 95 7 14 3 1 0 2 7 0 0 8 22 0 0 0 .147 .214 .221 .435
3-Year Averages     87 342 306 32 72 21 14 0 7 39 0 0 32 53 0 4 0 .235 .304 .350 .654
Career  (View All)     1236 5,056 4,442 656 1,253 436 249 12 175 760 13 9 547 689 0 46 21 .282 .360 .462 .822

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Hideki Matsui: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2012 15 9 6 11
2011 27 27 109
2010 18 18 120
2009 118

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Hideki Matsui Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2012364130.222.306.588

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2012593140.102.169.341

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2012614260.148.246.458

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2012343010.147.176.393
Hideki Matsui Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2005 31 MAJ NYY 703 629 9% 11.1% 0.81 88% .320 .191
2006 32 AA TRE 12 8 33.3% 8.3% 4.00 88% .286 .000
2006 32 MAJ NYY 201 172 13.4% 11.4% 1.17 87% .312 .192
2007 33 A TAM 6 6 0% 0% 0.00 100% .333 .000
2007 33 MAJ NYY 633 547 11.5% 11.5% 1.00 87% .292 .203
2008 34 A TAM 10 8 20% 0% 0.00 100% .143 .375
2008 34 MAJ NYY 378 337 10.1% 12.4% 0.81 86% .320 .130
2009 35 MAJ NYY 526 456 12.2% 14.3% 0.85 84% .275 .235
2010 36 MAJ LAA 554 482 12.1% 17.7% 0.68 80% .306 .185
2011 37 MAJ OAK 583 517 9.6% 14.4% 0.67 84% .280 .124
2012 38 AAA DUR 52 47 7.7% 19.2% 0.40 79% .216 .043
2012 38 MAJ TB 103 95 7.8% 21.4% 0.36 77% .169 .074
3-Year Averages     342 306 9.4% 15.5% 0.60 83% .264 .115
Career     5,056 4,442 10.8% 13.6% 0.79 84% .301 .180

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Hideki Matsui: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

The Astros have discussed signing Matsui, according to NPB Tracker.

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The Rays granted Matsui his release Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Matsui was designated for assignment Wednesday, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Matsui will continue to be used in key situation as long as he remains a part of the Rays' roster, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Matsui (hamstring) is in the starting lineup, batting fifth, against the Red Sox on Sunday, the Rays' official Twitter page reports.

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Matsui (hamstring) has progressed to the point where he can DH and won't need to be pulled for a pinch runner, Joe Smith of Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Matsui (hamstring) lined out as a pinch hitter Thursday, Marc Topkin of Tampa Bay Times reports.

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The Rays believe that Matsui (hamstring) will avoid the disabled list, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

There was no outlook written for Hideki Matsui.

2012

Matsui's first, and likely only, season with the A's saw a big drop in production as he hit just 12 homers all season. His numbers at home were terrible (.236/.323/.340) but his .267/.318/.411 line on the road wasn't a ton better. A solid July resulted in a decent post-break showing (.295/.353/.425), and he'll be outfield-eligible in most formats with 27 games in left field. It seems unlikely that he'll regain his 20-homer form regardless of where he signs as a free agent as his ISO has dropped from .235 during his final season with the Yankees in 2009 to .185 in 2010 and .124 with the A's last season.

2011

Matsui hit .274 with 21 home runs and 84 RBI in 2010; but after just one season with the Angels, he signed with AL West rival Oakland in the offseason. Matsui will turn 37 in June, but he will still be counted on as the primary designated hitter for the A's. Oakland's home park is cavernous, but Angel Stadium of Anaheim was not much better for hitters last season. Matsui still has 20-homer potential and the added bonus of entering this season with outfield eligibility in some leagues after playing 18 games in the field last season.

2010

Matsui's creaky knees prevented him from logging any time in the outfield, but he managed 456 at-bats as the designated hitter and missed only a few odd games when his knee flared up and required draining. Buoyed by new Yankee Stadium's short porch in right, Matsui blasted 28 homers and continued the power display all the way through his MVP performance in the World Series. He'll handle the DH role again in 2010 after signing with the Angels in December. If he's managed carefully, Matsui should exceed the 400 at-bat mark again.

2009

Knee issues limited Matsui to 337 at-bats last season, while also keeping him confined primarily to a DH role. He underwent successful surgery in September and was initially expected to represent Japan in the World Baseball Classic, but at press time the Yankees were not expected to consent to his participation. If nothing else, that decision should limited extra wear and tear on his body during the recovery process. Now that Jason Giambi is off the books, the Yankees can use Matsui as their everyday DH if they want to keep Johnny Damon out of center field. As a result, he should be able to take a full season's worth of at-bats and bounce back toward the 20-homer, 100-RBI range in 2009.

2008

Matsui continues to be one of the most consistent hitters in the game, though he's dealt with injuries in each of the past two seasons. A hamstring injury robbed Matsui of most of the month of April, but upon his return he showed that the broken wrist suffered in 2006 had no impact on his bat (23.4 AB/HR) while his .285/.367/.488 line was very similar to his career marks. Matsui underwent arthoscopic surgery on his knee during the winter, but he's expected to be fully recovered for spring training and the start of the season. Given his track record, you can safely expect the usual 20-25 homers and 100-plus RBI from a spot in the middle of a potent Yankee lineup.

2007

Matsui hadn't missed a single Major League game in his career, until he broke his left wrist while trying to make a sliding catch against Boston back in May. He then made a public apology to the fans and his teammates for the incident. Upon his return in September, Matsui hit .396 with three homers in 51 AB, a strong indication that he'll have no lingering problems with the wrist going forward. If he slides to towards the thick of the middle rounds, Matsui will prove to be an excellent value pick on draft day.

2006

Matsui continues to improve in America. Some of the balls that went for homers in 2004 fell for doubles in 2005, but he drove in a career-high 116 runs and reduced his strikeouts. Particularly in the Yankees lineup, Matsui is an elite outfield hitter and could even be undervalued and overshadowed on draft day with guys like Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter on his team.

2005

Godzilla improved every area of his game in 2004, raising his OPS by .124. He's in the prime of his career and only getting betterócompare his 2004 numbers to teammate Gary Sheffield's.

2004

The ROY runnerup made a big fantasy splash in 2003, batting .287 with 16 HR and 106 RBI. Matsui had his share of slumps, especially in the second half when fatigue set in from the heavier American game schedule, but he showed the hitting acumen that cannot be taught. Hitting behind runners, sacrificing guys over and two-out RBI were his specialty and that foundation should translate to even better numbers this season. He also made a reputation as an excellent fielder so he'll be in the lineup almost every day. While some were expecting 50-homer power as he accomplihed in the Far East, he is more of a doubles hitter that might get you 20-25 homers but a bunch of runs batted in.

2003

Most analysts rate the quality of Japanese baseball to be somewhere between the major leagues and Triple-A. We can project rookies on the basis of their minor league stats - it shouldn't be an exercise fraught with peril to project Japanese players. Matsui is for real, as our projection for him suggests. Don't be shy in bidding for him on Draft Day.