Former Yankee Hideki Matsui retires

Updated: December 28, 2012, 8:46 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Hideki Matsui, a popular outfielder and designated hitter for 20 seasons with Japan's Yomiuri Giants, the New York Yankees and three other major league teams, announced his retirement Thursday.

Matsui, known as "Godzilla,'' hit .282 with 175 home runs in 10 big league seasons with the Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays. He batted .147 in 34 games with Tampa Bay last season before the Rays released him in August.

Matsui finished second ...

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