Yankees hire Hideki Matsui as special advisor to Brian Cashman

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(The Times of Trenton)
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Yesterday afternoon, the Yankees announced they have hired former World Series MVP Hideki Matsui as a special advisor to GM Brian Cashman. It was made official with a press conference at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa earlier this morning. Here’s the blurb from the press release on Matsui’s role with the team:

In his first full-time role in the New York Yankees front office, Matsui will work closely with General Manager Brian Cashman and Player Development Vice President Gary Denbo. Matsui will spend the majority of the 2015 season traveling throughout the Yankees’ minor league system and focusing on aspects of hitting with managers, batting coaches and players.

Matsui, who retired in June 2013 after signing a one-day contract with the Yankees, spend last summer traveling to the various minor league affiliates — mostly Double-A Trenton and Short Season Staten Island it seemed — and working with minor leaguers in an unofficial capacity. Sounds like he’ll be doing the same going forward, except now with a title.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the young players and offering whatever I can,” said Matsui to the Associated Press at this morning press conference while also hinting at an interest in coaching full-time down the road. “What I hope to do is help the development of the players and support them anyway I can.”

“Hideki Matsui is capable of anything. We’ll take as much Hideki Matsui as we can (get),”  said Cashman to Pete Caldera and the Associated Press. “We’ve kind of been waiting on him to tap into all he can provide … It could evolve into something bigger down the line.”

I can’t imagine anyone doesn’t like Matsui and/or isn’t thrilled with this news. I have no idea what kind of teacher and instructor he is, but the Yankees wouldn’t have hired him if they weren’t impressed with the work he put in last year. Matsui was awesome. I’m glad he’s back in the organization in some capacity.

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  • Havok9120

    Me likey.

  • RetroRob

    Good news. From the outside looking in, I also like what Denbo is doing with the Captain’s Camp and Jeter, as well as now having Matusi working with the younger players. Both are good examples for players coming through the system.

  • RetroRob

    Good news. From the outside looking in, I also like what Denbo is doing with the Captain’s Camp and Jeter, as well as now having Matusi working with the younger players. Both are good examples for players coming through the system.

    • blake

      I know thats awesome too

  • Austinmac

    Matsui strikes me as a great guy who will serve as a wonderful role model among his other benefits.

  • MikhelB

    Godzilla!! There is a ton to learn from him, specially considering how he was almost a legend by himself when he was just akid in high school.

  • blake

    This is awesome

  • El Duque

    ????!

  • Wicomico Pinstripes

    This should be the default photo for all Hideki Matsui related threads.

    http://untruebaseballfacts.tumblr.com/image/72878930190

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Matsui: Yo Aaron, hit the ball outta da park, brotha man!
      Judge: Ok. (Hits ball 600 ft)
      Matsui: Dat boy good!

  • yankinvegas

    It’s great to have Matsui back where he belongs!
    The people that rip the farm system have a few more months to crow. Because after that, Severino, Lindgren, Judge and Bird will shut them up. And more to come after that.
    I want to leave Warren in the pen and pickup another Capuano type to fill in. Gee?
    Anyway, basically the whole season rests on Pineda and Tanaka.
    How cool was it to see Alex hit one out. Hopefully, Lupica puked when he saw the standing ovation.

    • Pete22

      The farm system has sucked for years now. Every system will produce something over a long enough time via random chance.

      I agree on Warren, and expect Rogers probably gets the nod. Yes, Pineda and Tanaka are the key, not enough depth to cover their loss and Severino will likely be limited in innings.

      Arod might be the best hitter of the players expected to go north. Looking pretty good IMO. Just a question of if he can stay healthy, and how he does against better pitching.

  • dkidd

    is that quote from the press conference through an interpreter? if not, he was clearly playing possum re his english in his playing days

    • Bo Knows

      He’s been doing that for years, Jeter has said that Matsui speaks and understands english very well.

    • Deep Thoughts

      I wished at the time they had hired an interpreter for Johnny Damon.

  • SweetSpot

    Matsui had ice water in his veins. His performance in the 2009 World Series was spectacular and Yankee fans will never forget what he did hitting .615 with three home runs and eight RBIs – and that magical game six when he homered, doubled, singled and drove in six. The consummate pro who never took a practice swing in the box. Awesome.

  • Mr. Roth

    One of the many excellent things he brings to the organization: Porn. Tons of porn.

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Would you say a metric shit ton?

  • gageagainstthemachine

    Still one of my strongest memories of Matsui. Broke his wrist, finished making the play, and then apologized (which wasn’t necessary) for letting his team, organization, and fans down. Worked his ass off to return and a few years later gave one of the greatest WS performances I’ve ever seen. Exited with class after the team didn’t re-sign him. Returning with class now. Welcome back, Matsui!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vYv64InfBo

    • pat

      You could tell immediately that it was broken too. Thank god he had the sleeves on. That could have been graphic.

  • captainmike

    does he need a japanese to spanish interpreter ?
    (not a joke but a valid curiosity I have)

    • TCF16

      Soriano could fit the bill, seeing as he speaks both.

      • LazerTown

        Do not let that guy near our minor leaguers.

        • pfoj

          “Further off the plate. Further. Bit more. Yup right there. Now, look for a breaking pitch six inches off the plate. then just try to yank it into the stands.”

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  • Moncada’s Codpiece

    Insert half-hearted pr0n joke here.

  • cashmoney

    Nothing but love for Godz, good to have him around.