An old friend lands in Oakland


While we waited out our server problems and the Cliff Lee news, the A’s picked up an old Yankee friend of ours. Hideki Matsui and Oakland came to terms on a one-year deal believed to be worth just south of $5 million. He’ll be introduced at the Coliseum later today.

Matsui left New York after winning the 2009 World Series MVP, and he turned in a solid 1.9-win season for the Angels last year. He hit .274/.361/.459 with 21 home runs in 554 plate appearances and even managed to survive 123 innings in left field. While the signing could be a good one for the A’s, Matsui is moving to a home stadium where left-handed batters hit just .241/.325/.349 with just 32 home runs in 2549 plate appearances last year. Playing out his age 37 season in a pitcher’s park, Matsui could very well see his production fall off the table in 2011. Buyer beware.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League
  • bexarama

    Good luck, Matsui. This word is so lame but he was always classy.

    • Benjamin Kabak

      And he had that great porn collection too. Class-y.

      • RalphieD

        matsui had a porn collection?

        • The Real JobaWockeeZ

          The largest.

        • Benjamin Kabak

          Here you go. (SFW)

          • mbonzo

            Someone needs to show him how to use the internet.

            • Sick Nwisher

              55,000 porn videos? Good for him, I love art also.

          • baba from the rising sun

            This porn story comes from his mention of watching such videos
            like other men in a situation where he would have played a man
            of high moral otherwise. A mean reporter asked him when he was young.
            He was and is a big star so once he says he likes chocolate for example people will believe matui eats a lot of it day and night.

            • MikeD

              Wait, are you saying he mentioned watching videos of men?

              • baba from the rising sun

                Of course not ! I should have put “did” after men.
                His girl friends were found rooting for him at the Yankee
                stadium but he was not much of clutch until he introduced
                his wife by shouwing that picture of her.Some doubted her
                existence but she was pictured couple of times.

  • J.R.

    Wanted to let you know your RSS to Facebook showed this story about 2 hours early.

    • Benjamin Kabak

      Yep. We had scheduled this for earlier but bounced it right after it was published for the Prior news. Thanks.

  • Hughesus Christo


    It must be smart!

    • radnom

      Who are you even trying to mock here?

      • Esteban

        He doesn’t even know anymore.

      • Ghost

        He mocks himself sir!

  • The Constant Gardner

    So he can be friends with Kurt Suzuki?


    Yes, Kurt is Japanese-American but Kay-Pax probably can’t tell the difference.

  • Accent Shallow

    Matsui is moving to a home stadium where left-handed batters hit just .241/.325/.349 with just 32 home runs in 2549 plate appearances last year.

    This is true, but how much of that was the A’s employed a lot of lousy hitters?

    • Jerome S.

      They only look lousy. Remember, it’s Billy Beane. They actually had some cosmic force that mysteriously contributed numbers to the win column.

      • Ghost

        Don’t you mean Brad Pitt?

  • AndrewYF

    Guess I won’t be drafing ‘sui in any of my fantasy leagues next year…