Today, former Angel Hideki Matsui announced his retirement from baseball. Matsui is going to have a press conference later on this week to make it official. Matsui will always be known as a Yankee, but he did sign on with the Angels back in 2010.
Matsui hit .274 with 21 home runs and 84 RBI in his lone season with the Halos. Matsui basically DH’d for the 2010 team. He played 18 games in left field. That team collapsed in July and August going a combined 20-36. Matsui was third on the team in home runs, second in RBI, fourth in doubles. He lead the team in on base and OPS.In 2011, Matsui joined the Oakland Athletics and then appeared in a few games for the Tampa Bay Rays last year, with not a lot of success.
Is he going to be remembered as an Angel? No. Especially since the team didn’t make the postseason. He’s going to be remembered for his postseason in 2009 with the Yankees, when he helped them win a World Championship.
2010 was the beginning of the end for Matsui. His WAR dropped to 1.3, which was his lowest since 2006 when he only played in 51 games. His batting average held up, but his on base and slugging dropped.
Matsui is going to be remembered for being one of the good guys in the game and being a good teammate. I hope he does well and maybe even plays for a little bit in Japan.