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Hideki Matsui retires as a Yankee

NEW YORK -- Hideki Matsui's baseball career in the United States ended the same way it began: as a member of the New York Yankees.

Matsui retired as a Yankee on Sunday, as he signed a one-day minor league deal with the team and later inked his retirement papers in a ceremony before a game against the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

Matsui, 39, officially retired in December, but went through this process to ensure that his final day in baseball would be as a member of the Yankees.

"I think this moment will be a moment I never forget," Matsui said through an interpreter. "To be able to retire as a member of the team which I aspired to and I looked up to, I think there's nothing more fulfilling."

Matsui played seven seasons for the Yankees. He was a two-time All-Star and the MVP of the 2009 World Series.

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