After a illustrious career in Japan and ten seasons playing in the United States, Hideki Matsui will retire from baseball. Matsui who earned the nickname Godzilla had drawn some interest in free agency this winter.
The 38-year-old Matsui was a regular with the New York Yankees from 2003 though 2009. He later played with the Los Angeles Angels. Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays.
In 1,236 games stateside, Matsui compiled a .282/.360/.462 line and hit 175 home runs. Four times in his career he topped the 100 RBI mark.