Hideki Matsui has retired from baseball.
On Thursday, Matsui, who was the 2009 World Series Most Valuable Player with the New York Yankees, decided he was finished playing professionally after ten seasons with the Yankees, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays.
An all-star in 2003 and 2004, Matsui might have had his finest season in 2005, when he set a career high with a .305 batting average and 116 runs batted in.
In the 2009 World Series, the Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in six games. Matsui was a monster, batting .615, with three home runs and eight runs batted in.
An outfielder, Matsui starred with the Yomiuri Giants for ten seasons before coming to the United States a decade ago. In Japan, he was a nine-time all-star and three-time Japan Series champion.