Aug 10, 2011; Toronto, ON, Canada; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Hideki Matsui (55) bats against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays beat the Athletics 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Hideki Matsui to Retire

Hideki Matsui, a former World Series MVP who spent one season with the Oakland Athletics, will announce his retirement today, according to a Japanese report.

Matsui spent 10 seasons in the majors hitting .282 with 175 home runs and 760 RBI.

He signed with the Yankees after a fantastic 10-year career in Japan, and was one of the top sluggers in all of baseball while playing in the Bronx. Matsui made the All-Star team in each of his first two seasons, and was named the World Series MVP in 2009, becoming the first Japanese-born player and full-time designated hitter to do so.

Matsui departed from New York after the 2009 season, and after a year with the Angels, he came to Oakland on a one-year deal. He had a down year by his standards, hitting just .251 with 12 home runs and 72 RBI as their DH and occasional left fielder.

He did have a milestone while playing in Oakland, as he hit his 500th career home run, coming in a game at Detroit in July of 2011.

The man nicknamed “Godzilla” may not be remembered for his time with the A’s, but he will always be known as one of the classiest players in baseball. He is a Hall of Famer in my book, and I wish him the best in retirement.

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