Feb
12

Matsui will be at Spring Training as a special instructor

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Via NYP: Hideki Matsui will be with the Yankees at Spring Training as a guest instructor this year. The team invited him to camp last year, but he declined because his wife was due to give birth to their first child. Matsui was working with the Yomiuri Giants during their pre-season workouts recently and he spent time with various minor league teams last year, so it seems like he really enjoys helping out younger players. Maybe he’s heading for a coaching career.

Categories : Asides, Spring Training

12 Comments»

  1. Havok9120 says:

    Sweet. I’d love for Matsui to become a long term part of the organization.

    At the very least I’m hoping he’s a mainstay at Old Timers’ Day.

  2. Kevin G. says:

    Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Matsui on their child

    https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS2hkLVn6G_nA0WILk7CJHHQYZey4Kqu2kl09CGQRw189YygBaC

    Hope he didn’t get any paper cuts when their kid was conceived.

  3. Steve_Balboni says:

    With Tanaka coming in this is a great time for Matsui to return. Love to see him do some coaching with the Yankees. Mayebt hey should keep him around during the season as well.

  4. The Great Gonzo says:

    Matsui always handled himself with class. Love this dude, and I’m glad to see him staying with the club in a mentoring/instructional/leadership role. True Yankee (TM) FTW!

    THAT SAID… How is one expected to instruct players if one does not speak the same language as them? Anyone knows how this worked last season when he was hopping around the minor leagues?

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

      Hideki: *shows a group of players his porn collection*

      /instructed.

      • dkidd says:

        it took FIVE comments for a porn joke to appear? this site is slipping…

        • Darren says:

          I believe comment #2 was a porn joke as well.

          Also, instructors often deal with a language barrier of some sort and they overcome it using basic phrases, interpretors and body language. Plus, Hideki does know some English. And for the Spanish speaking players, he can get Soriano to translate

          • I'm a looser and a trader baby so why don't you kill me? says:

            I think that was a reference to the picture of his wife he drew and held up to “introduce” her.

  5. Rocky says:

    *I have always admired Matsui a great deal. And, he has always loved the Yankees, just like Ichiro Suzuki does. I didn’t want Matsui to be let go, and I want to keep Suzuki. It’s hard to find that kind of devotion and talent. You hold on to that as long as they are productive. I believe Tanaka will be of the same mold. So, I’d love to see Matsui become a coach in the Yankee system permanently.

    • Ron says:

      I so agree with you. Both guys are top notch individuals and can bring a lot to a team and young players IF they can break the language barrier.

    • Karen W. says:

      Matsui without a doubt, Love the guy – I accosted a Japanese television crew after the Ring Ceremony Game after the 09 WS to apologize for letting Matsui go for (Nick Johson of all people!) for all I knew people laugh at the silly American Girl on Youtube in Japan.

      Anywho, I’ve always respected Ichiro and nothing would make me happier for him to be a great rold player next year but I have to say towards the end of last season it was painful to watch him. That being said I wouldn’t be totally surprised to see the Yanks make the PO this season and watch Ichiro just CRUSH IT. He was one of the only bright spots in ’12 playoffs you could tell how bad he wanted it.

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