Biggest Retirements of 2012

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Hideki Matsui
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Hideki Matsui

The outfielder/designated hitter reportedly plans to announce his retirement from baseball. An official press conference will be held in New York on Dec. 27. As a free agent, Matsui drew some interest from big league teams this winter but decided not to return. Matsui, 38, was born in Ishikawa, Japan and spent 10 years in the Major Leagues. He played for the Yankees for the majority of his career (2003-2009) and also had one-year stints with the Angels, A's and Devil Rays. Matsui was a career .282/.360/.462 hitter and was named the World Series MVP in 2009.

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