Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has become the 30th player in Major League Baseball history – and the first from Japan – to join the 3,000-hit club. Before play resumed, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado reached out to Suzuki, who made light of the fact that he didn’t have quite enough power to put the ball in the seats.
Congratulations to Ichiro Suzuki on his 3,000 hit in the Major Leagues. “It’s another historic achievement in his great career … one of his several Hall of Fame credentials”.
On Monday the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum – yes, there is such a thing if not a place – sent out an email announcing they are offering a pair of Ichiro bobbleheads on their website.
Suzuki had 2,533 of those 3,000 hits in 12 seasons in Seattle, where he made his Major League Baseball debut in 2001 as a 27-year-old rookie. He’s got 10 seasons of 200+ hits and holds the single-season hits record (262), and is just the sixth player in history (Molitor, Rickey Henderson, Lou Brock, Eddie Collins and Ty Cobb the others) to have 3,000 or more hits and 500 or more stolen bases in his career.
“A tip of the Mariners cap to Ichiro”. Ichiro is a huge part of the Fish’s success this season because it doesn’t matter if he’s 27 or 42, it doesn’t matter if he’s playing in Japan or America – he’s consistently going to be an incredible baseball player wherever he goes.
“When I first got my hit as a big leaguer, I was happy for myself”, Suzuki said. Hasegawa and Sasaki were teammates of Ichiro on the Seattle Mariners.
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Freeman, a Clemson graduate, was proud of a pair of cowboy boots in his locker in the clubhouse, maybe a testament to his style of play.
“I’ve been feeling this for the last two weeks, not getting an opportunity to get in there and getting a pinch hit every night, that was tough”, he said. He had been recalled Tuesday when SS Trevor Story went on the disabled list with a season-ending thumb injury.
To clear space, infielder Luis Sardinas and right-hander Cody Martin were optioned to Tacoma. He did say past year that he can envision playing another eight seasons, if his body holds up, meaning there could be many more hits to come.
Ichirio is the first Japanese player to achieve the feat in Major League Baseball and the 30th to achieve the feat of the 18,506 players who have suited up in the Majors since 1876, according to Baseball Reference.
Conley (8-6) picked up the win, but he allowed seven hits, six runs and four walks in five innings. Earlier this year, Suzuki collected his 4,257th professional hit (Japan and U.S.) and passed Pete Rose for the all-time lead. On Sunday, 44,812 fans showed up. All fingers are now being pointed to Adrian Beltre, the third baseman at Rangers who now has 2,878 hits in his career. After being swept in Colorado, Miami found itself in a precarious spot in the Wild Card standings.