Japanese slugger Hideki Matsui, the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 World Series, has announced his retirement.
Pinch hitter Hideki Matsui of the Tampa Bay Rays bats in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners, on July 22, 2012, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Matsui, the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 World Series, announced his retirement on Thursday.
Matsui, 38, played professional baseball for 20 years -- starring in Japan for a decade before embarking on a 10-year career in the US Major Leagues.
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