Chat or Chuck: Hideki Matsui

For the Yankees, this one is probably the biggest question of the offseason. Do you keep the reigning World Series MVP at 37 years old, or do you let him go? It will be a tough decision, but lets weigh the options.

Why Chat?:

  • Quite simply, he is the reigning World Series MVP.
  • His approach is perfect for the new stadium and he is sure to hit a lot of home runs following his 28 this season, the second best total of his career.
  • He can provide protection for hitters like A-Rod or Cano.
  • He wants to play for the Yankees more than anyone else, so the Yankees could probably get him cheap.
  • He is a great hitter.

Why Chuck?:

  • He is going to be 37 years old.
  • His knees prevent him from playing the outfield, so he has zero versatility.
  • The Yankees don’t really need him.

Chat or Chuck?:
Chuck.
It’s time for Matsui to pack it up. Like I said, the Yankees just don’t need him. He may be a great hitter, but for anything else he is useless, and you need versatility to win games these days. The Yankees are better off going for a younger, better player in Holliday who can play the outfield. Also, the Yankees need to clear out that DH spot for some of their older players. Matsui, you were a great Yankee, but your time is up.

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11 comments

  1. thefreak

    I agree that Matsui needs to go. But didn’t you just contridict you’re own statement?

    “He may be a great hitter, but for anything else he is useless, and you need versatility to win games these days. ”

    If I’m not mistaken, the Yankees just won the world series on his lack of versatility. But yes, its time for everyone involved to move on.

  2. noitall49@aol.com

    Matusi is a decent hitter with heart, respect for the game, but unless he was willing to take a big pay cut there’s not much of a reason to bring him back. He just finished a for year contract worth $52 million dollars. In 2006 he played 51 games…2008 93 games…….2007 & 2009 about 145 each year. He was no superstar in the regular season…..If you combine the amount of games he played those 4 years it comes to about 2 and 3 quarter years played. he can’t run or play the field…So unless he hitting 40 hrs and driving in 115 rbi’s a year I guess it’s goodbye

  3. seekr34

    CHAT!

    Sorry, but the Yankees DO need him. He is a very consistant hitter. 100 RBIs every year except when hurt. Being the DH kept him healthy. Other teams have tried having their players take turns being the DH and you know what? None of them been successful. An PH not like a DH and many players can not just sit in the dugout throughout the game and only come onto the field for 4 at bats. Giambi was proof of that. He hit better when he could play the field as well. If you look back and list all the good DHs in the past, you are not going name a lot of them. Edgar Martinez from Seattle was great DH, great hitter, very consistant. Paul Monitor when he went to DH full time, he was great. A few were good but not that long. Matsui proved that even though he was stuck in the dugout except for the 4 at bats, he showed that he was a threat to any pitcher, still consistant with power. A team needs a full time DH in the AL and needs to be consistent to help the team. Matsui is that man.

  4. brooklynoriginal

    you’re all stupid if u think matsui should go. the guy single-handedly won us game 6 of the WS. if he hadnt we would;ve lost because the only other RBI was by Tex. Matsui has been a Yankee his whole MLB career and everytime we need him he comes through. So he’s not the youngest or the fastest, but big deal. It’s like saying get rid of Pettite, or Mariano, it’s crazy. Whats the difference between Andy and Mariano compared to Matsui (besides the fact two are pitchers)? Matsui has been there since our last WS appearance, through all the heartbreak and failure.

  5. ronniev

    One factor not commented on regarding Matsui, is that not only can’t he play the outfield any more, but neither can he run the bases.

    While this may not seem that critical, having him AND Posada back to back in the lineup, really clogs the bases and forces the offense, to have to do more to score these guys when they get on.

    A case in point on Matsui, was in Game 3 of the playoffs against the Angels. His inability to go from first to third on a long single to center to the left of Torii Hunter, wound up costing the Yankees a run in that game, that went into extra innings. In other words, he cost them that game more than Girardi’s bad decision to bring Aceves in.

    (I won’t provide the details here, but you can look it up if so inclined.)

    And regarding Posada, he is the dumbest baser runner I have ever seen, in the almost 60 years that I have been following the game. Not to mention the constant threat of the DP when he or Matsui are up with runners on.

    Of course they need to keep Posada. So indirectly, that is still another reason, why trying to hold on to Matsui, is not a good idea.

  6. ronniev

    One factor not commented on regarding Matsui, is that not only can’t he play the outfield any more, but neither can he run the bases.

    While this may not seem that critical, having him AND Posada back to back in the lineup, really clogs the bases and forces the offense, to have to do more to score these guys when they get on.

    A case in point on Matsui, was in Game 3 of the playoffs against the Angels. His inability to go from first to third on a long single to center to the left of Torii Hunter, wound up costing the Yankees a run in that game, that went into extra innings. In other words, he cost them that game more than Girardi’s bad decision to bring Aceves in.

    (I won’t provide the details here, but you can look it up if so inclined.)

    And regarding Posada, he is the dumbest baser runner I have ever seen, in the almost 60 years that I have been following the game. Not to mention the constant threat of the DP when he or Matsui are up with runners on.

    Of course they need to keep Posada. So indirectly, that is still another reason, why trying to hold on to Matsui, is not a good idea.

  7. matheny22

    Who cares about the damn Yankees? And who cares about some damn ***? Doesn’t surprise me the Yankees will buy anyone just to win. Watch for Bin Laden at shortstop next year. There is baseball outside the Bronx.

  8. ryan_lee

    ^ Lol. Way to be a troll, guy. Anyways, I do hope we bring back Matsui, maybe on a one year deal with an option for the next. When he hasn’t been hurt, he’s always been a solid contributor and he’s always been great against the Red Sox, which is reason enough to keep him.
    –Ryan

  9. reckless

    matsui has showed some life this season compared to seasons past. hes also stated hes willing to take a pay cut to stay on the team. the yankees arent gonna b the only team going after holliday so you cant bank on getting him and you should nvr let someone go unless your sure u can bring someone back that is better. matsui’s got heart and he’s clutch which is something you cant teach. CHAT

  10. mick55

    Matsui is a professional hitter. No, he cannot play outfield full time anymore. The DH is not baseball, but since the AL wants to see runs scored, it will remain a part of their league. The NL is baseball. Your best best nine start against the other teams best nine at each position. Everyone who thinks the pitcher is a wasted out is confusing baseball with the version the AL calls baseball. It’s would be smart for both leagues to get on the same page and abolish the DH. It would stop all of the the head hunting if the pitcher had to bat like every other player. Real baseball played the way it should be.

  11. japok@yahoo.com

    And who are you people saying that matsui is useless?? What about his homeruns and RBIs? is that useless to you people? I started watching MLB since matsui signed the yankees and i know is a very good baseball player. I’m not japanese but i’m a fan of him. It is not his fault that his knees are weak and can’t run that fast. But he could hit that ball that hard and make lots of RBIs. A “useless” player is a player who can produce less than 10 homeruns in one season or an RBI of less than 20. You can run but you can’t hit. So what’s the use?? If i am matsui i will not force myself to a team who does’nt need him anymore. You already got what you want, a world series champion and an MVP award.

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