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Hideki Matsui

Hideki MatsuiNicknamed “Godzilla”, Hideki Matsui came to the New York Yankees after ten stellar seasons in Japan, where he was an All Star nine times and a three time champion with the Yomiyuri Giants. Matsui was not as productive in the United States, but he did more than help the Yankees with the 2009 World Series, where he was named the Fall Classic’s MVP. Matsui’s numbers were actually significantly higher in post season play, though he did not do enough in the U.S. to be considered a serious Hall of Fame candidate.

The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Neagari, Japan

Eligible In:
The 2018 Vote

Outfield and Designated Hitter

Played For:
New York Yankees
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Oakland A’s
Tampa Bay Rays

Major Accolades and Awards:
2 Time All Star (2003 & 2004)
World Series MVP (1) (2009)
World Series Rings (1) (New York Yankees, 2009)

Other Points of Note:
1 Top Ten Finish (Batting Average)
1 Top Ten Finish (OPS)
1 Top Ten Finish (Runs Scored)
1 Top Ten Finish (Hits)
1 Top Ten Finish (Total Bases)
2 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
3 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
1 Top Ten Finish (WAR for Position Players)

Notable All Time Rankings:

Should Hideki Matsui be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 37.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 50%

If I Had a Vote in the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame Election

Strategic voting. What you have to do when you have too many choices and not enough time or opportunities to realize all those choices.

Sounds like voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame for the last few years, doesn't it?

The good news is that since the Shutout of 2013, when the eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) could not muster the 75 percent of the vote necessary to elect any one ballot candidate to the Hall of Fame despite a wealth of candidates from whom to choose (I counted 14), the BBWAA has sent a dozen players to Cooperstown. Based on that trend, and barring any unusual or unforeseen wrinkle, the writers are certain to elect at least one player for 2018.
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