Ichiro Suzuki hits 3000 mark in major leagues

Ross Houston
August 11, 2016

Another member of the 3,000-hit fraternity, Yankees legend Derek Jeter, said in a statement, "Congratulations to my friend and teammate Ichiro on joining the 3000 hit club". He was the first position player from Japan to ever play Major League Baseball, and fittingly he is the greatest. But whatever you make of his 1,278 hits in Japan from 1992-2000, that chapter of his career undoubtedly plays a role in determining his place in baseball history. He joins Rafael Palmeiro (Cuba) and Hall of Famers Rod Carew (Panama) and Roberto Clemente (Puerto Rico) in that regard.

On Sept. 18, 2009, Suzuki hit his first walk-off home run, a two-run, two-out shot against Mariano Rivera, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 Mariners win (his 2,014th career hit).

"I think that is what I want to experience and that is what is important for me", he said through an interpreter last month. He achieved the milestone while hitting for less power than anyone else with 3,000 hits-81.5% of his hits have been singles and 679 of his 3,000 hits were infield singles, demonstrating his unparalleled ability to get out of the batter's box and on his way to first base. It was a prophetic debut.

Ichiro Suzuki hits 3000 mark in major leagues

The fact that No. 3000 was a triple also put him in select company.

MIAMI (AP) - The president of the Baseball Hall of Fame was the grateful recipient Monday as Ichiro Suzuki handed over his gear - a jersey, a pair of cleats, his arm guard and batting gloves, all items he wore while becoming the 30th player to reach 3,000 hits.

Major League teams didn't know if he would be productive with the bat in the Major Leagues or if he could withstand a 162-game season.


Jon Gray (8-5) was roughed up for eight runs on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. Out of all active players for their career, he is second to only Alex Rodriguez in hits, has the most stolen bases, and is second in average behind Miguel Cabrera. A lot of his critics said that he would not have enough power or strength to hit in the Major Leagues. Next up is Al Kaline at 3,007 and Wade Boggs at 3,010.

The Japanese star reached a significant milestone Sunday. Baseball is more than a game to him, it is a craft, which he works at tirelessly with intense discipline.

"For the last couple of weeks there have been a lot of members of the media following me", Suzuki said.


"Don't compare that to me", Suzuki said with genuine modesty. Though his Japanese hits do not count toward his major-league total, he now has 4,278 hits overall.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 24th homer and Christian Yelich and Jeff Mathis had three hits and three RBIs each for the Marlins. He stepped into the box, kicked a little dirt around, set his back foot, set his front foot, rolled his shoulders and pointed the bat straight up and wrist toward center as the pitcher came set. Here is what they had to say. Rusin had no qualms about giving up Suzuki's historic hit, but wished he had stayed at third rather than scored to give the Mariners a 9-6 lead.


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