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The Rays Tank: Hideki Matsui Retires

Godzilla calls it quits

Justin Sullivan

When the baseball world last saw Hideki Matsui he was pinch hitting in the bottom of the 9th inning in a one run game against Seattle. The pop-up to the shortstop would be the last out of the game and of his career, as he announced his retirement yesterday. His time with the Rays was short and uneventful, though he did homer in his first game with the team, which is pretty cool.

In his 34 games as a Ray he hit .147/.214/.221. In seven seasons with the Yankees hit hit .292/.370/.482 and was World Series MVP in 2009. After his tenure in New York he spent a successful year with Anaheim (.820 OPS) followed by a sub-par 2011 with Oakland before giving it one last shot in Tampa Bay. Those who covered Matsui have nothing but nice things to say about him, which isn't a bad way to be remembered. Now that he's retired he'll have plenty of time to catch up on his other great passion in life.

Goodbye, Gozilla. You were the one Yankee I could never bring myself to hate.

Links:

-The Red Sox are talking to free agent first basemen Adam LaRoche as contract talks with Mike Napoli have hit a snag. Like with any big free agent acquisition a division rival makes, its worth keeping an eye on.

-SBNation has been unveiling their favorite GIFs of 2012 and have an entire post dedicated to the goofiness that went on inside Tropicana Field, culminating in perhaps the greatest GIF of all time.

-Here's your daily dose of BBWAA members acting ridiculously when it comes to their Hall of Fame ballots.