Happy to join Yankees' front office, Hideki Matsui hasn't thought ahead about managing

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TAMPA, Florida — Back with the New York Yankees as a special adviser to general manager Brian Cashman, Hideki Matsui says he hasn't thought about managing in the future.

"I'm really looking forward to working with the young players and offering whatever I can," Matsui said through a translator Wednesday. "What I hope to do is help the development of the players and support them anyway I can."

The 2009 World Series MVP will work with Cashman and player development vice president Gary Denbo. Matsui will spend most of the season traveling in the team's minor league system to discuss hitting with managers, batting coaches and players.

"Hideki Matsui is capable of anything," Cashman said.

Now 40, Matsui hit .292 with New York from 2003-09 with 140 homers and 597 RBIs. He hit .615 (8 for 13) with three homers and eight RBIs in the 2009 World Series and then went on to finish his playing career with the Los Angeles Angels (2010), Oakland (2011) and Tampa Bay (2012).

"We'll take as much Hideki Matsui as we can," Cashman said.

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