• It’s Official: Hideki Matsui Joins Angels

    Posted by on December 14th, 2009 · Comments (13)

    Via Mark Feinsand -

    According to a source, Hideki Matsui signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, ending his seven-year stint in pinstripes. Matsui, this year’s World Series MVP, will earn about $6.5 million.

    Matsui had intended to wait for the Yankees’ situation to be resolved before signing elsewhere, but with the Johnny Damon saga seemingly weeks away from a conclusion, Matsui decided to take the Angels’ offer.

    The Yankees hadn’t planned on pursuing Matsui unless Damon signed elsewhere, not wanting to lock up their DH spot with one player.

    In a bizarre twist of fate, the Yankees’ home schedule next season starts with a three-game series against the Angels from April 13-15, so Matsui will be on hand for the banner-raising ceremony and possibly the World Series ring presentations.

    A perfect time to follow up on a reader question

    …powered by the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, here’s every Yankees batter with at least 3,500 PA with team ranked by their RCAA/502 PA in those PA:

    PLAYER		RCAA	PA	RCAA/502 PA
    Babe Ruth	1634	9197	89.2
    Lou Gehrig	1247	9660	64.8
    Mickey Mantle	1099	9909	55.7
    Joe DiMaggio	708	7671	46.3
    Charlie Keller	386	4466	43.4
    Alex Rodriguez	316	3924	40.4
    Jason Giambi	245	3693	33.3
    Tommy Henrich	280	5409	26.0
    Bill Dickey	339	7060	24.1
    Earle Combs	307	6509	23.7
    Dave Winfield	200	5021	20.0
    Bobby Murcer	199	4997	20.0
    Derek Jeter	388	9809	19.9
    Yogi Berra	323	8352	19.4
    Don Mattingly	293	7721	19.1
    Bernie Williams	343	9053	19.0
    Hideki Matsui	137	3816	18.0
    Bill Skowron	139	4102	17.0
    Paul O'Neill	178	5368	16.6
    Jorge Posada	208	6312	16.5
    Tony Lazzeri	221	7059	15.7
    Roy White	242	7735	15.7
    Ben Chapman	114	4013	14.3
    Bob Meusel	139	5544	12.6
    Joe Gordon	104	4216	12.4
    Hank Bauer	132	5373	12.3
    Tom Tresh	102	4518	11.3
    Thurman Munson	113	5903	9.6
    Gil McDougald	100	5395	9.3
    Graig Nettles	109	6247	8.8
    Sn. Stirnweiss	66	3800	8.7
    Tino Martinez	71	4244	8.4
    Willie Randolph	115	7465	7.7
    Chris Chambliss	51	3633	7.0
    Elston Howard	63	5485	5.8
    Red Rolfe	58	5405	5.4
    Lou Piniella	38	3577	5.3
    Willie Keeler	19	3792	2.5
    Wally Pipp	18	6340	1.4
    Phil Rizzuto	-10	6710	-0.7
    Joe Pepitone	-8	4116	-1.0
    Hal Chase	-16	4466	-1.8
    Rg. Peckinpaugh	-50	5269	-4.8
    Horace Clarke	-63	5143	-6.1
    Tony Kubek	-66	4494	-7.4
    Clete Boyer	-67	4035	-8.3
    Fr. Crosetti	-150	7273	-10.4
    B.Richardson	-141	5783	-12.2
    Aaron Ward	-88	3565	-12.4
    

    There’s Godzilla in the Don Mattingly, Bernie Williams, Bill Skowron, Paul O’Neill range…yeah, pound-for-pound, he was that good.

    From that 2003 Opening Day Grand Slam against Joe Mays to that 6 RBI Game in Game 6 of the 2009 World Series, and everything in between, Matsui was money in the bank. He will be missed very much…of that there is little doubt…at least to this Yankees fan.

    Comments on It’s Official: Hideki Matsui Joins Angels

    1. Raf
      December 14th, 2009 | 9:06 pm

      Well, it was fun while it lasted.

    2. GDH
      December 14th, 2009 | 9:14 pm

      I’m bummed over this one. My son’s favorite Yankee since the day he joined us. Our best player ever from Japan, my wife’s homeland. And what a class act. A great Yankee who deserved to finish his career with us. Saw him hit a grand slam in Oakland on his birthday in 08. Goodbye and good luck #55, this family will miss you.

    3. Corey
      December 14th, 2009 | 9:31 pm

      In a way, I’m glad he didn’t wait so long as to screw himself out of a team. In another, I’ll sorely miss Matsui.

      Sure he’d go for a month out of the season where he looked like he’d never hit a ball hard again, rolling grounders to second en masse. But boy, when he came out of it did he ever. Not to mention how clutch he was.

      Ok Damaso, down and away to Matsui. Got it? Good.

    4. YankCrank
      December 14th, 2009 | 10:07 pm

      From that 2003 Opening Day Grand Slam against Joe Mays to that 6 RBI Game in Game 6 of the 2009 World Series, and everything in between, Matsui was money in the bank. He will be missed very much…of that there is little doubt…at least to this Yankees fan.
      ——

      Couldn’t have said it any better Steve. We’ll all miss Matsui, he was a great Yankee.

    5. 77yankees
      December 14th, 2009 | 11:50 pm

      Of course, a tip of the cap and raise of a glass to #55. Seven years that ended at the very top of the mountain…….And he’ll get a standing ovation that first homestand when the Angels visit.

      If you ever wanted to sell NY to a free agent, show them a clip of when Wade Boggs first AB when he returned to the Stadium after leaving the Yanks, or when Tino came back as a Cardinal.

      You can win in other places, but when you win as a Yankee, it’s remembered forever.

    6. clintfsu813
      December 15th, 2009 | 8:16 am

      Anybody else thinking…we better bring back Johnny for DH/LF. Matusi only got 6.5mill from LAA. We could have swung that easy.

    7. Corey
      December 15th, 2009 | 9:21 am

      @ clintfsu813:
      Not me, I’m so done with Damon. I’d rather take a shot at Jack Cust to see if he can be a second Swisher for DH.

    8. clintfsu813
      December 15th, 2009 | 10:28 am

      If you think Cust can hit better than JD, i’ll take your word on it. What are your thoughts about Holliday? I’m reading so many different takes on that. Nomaas thinks its a great idea to sign him, readers on here dont wanna touch him.

    9. Corey
      December 15th, 2009 | 12:02 pm

      @ clintfsu813:
      I don’t want to lock another player into a long term deal. Otherwise, the Yankees could end up being locked in mediocrity a few years down the line. In this post PED world, you have to really watch who you sign to mega deals.

    10. clintfsu813
      December 15th, 2009 | 12:32 pm

      So, its the years, not the player?

    11. Corey
      December 15th, 2009 | 12:42 pm

      @ clintfsu813:
      For me, yea. Except in Damon’s case. I just don’t like Damon.

    12. mondoas
      December 15th, 2009 | 4:19 pm

      Sorry to interrupt the Damon chatter but regarding Matsui, how Cashman just let him go pisses me off. The guy balled and he was a class act! If you looked up the definition of class act you would see a picture of Jeter and him. This hurts and I promise you the Yankees will regret it. Now do I want them to regret it? No, but I believe he can still play and he is playing with our 2nd biggest AL rival so we will face him again…OFTEN!!

    13. John ONeil
      December 29th, 2009 | 1:03 am

      Steve,

      Thanks for the answer. I expected he would be up there. Will miss him a lot. Unless the Yanks know something about his knees that the Angels don’t, I think we’ll regret this move. Nick Johnson is not a bad pickup, but I don’t think he is a good fit in the two hole – high OBP but slow from 1st to 3rd doesn’t help. Matsui would have brought more to the team. but only time will tell.

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