Suzuki donates 3000-hit gear to Hall

Ross Houston
August 9, 2016

Suzuki reached third base standing up and was hugged by third base coachLorenzo Bundy before his teammates came out of the dugout to greet him.

Reds 7, Pirates 3 - At Pittsburgh: Major league steals leader Billy Hamilton swiped four bases, had three hits and scored three runs, leading Cincinnati.

The most recent player to join the 3,000 hit club was Alex Rodriguez with a homer on June 19, 2015.

"His career will be counted as one of the best of this or any other generation", one-time teammate Derek Jeter wrote in a tribute to the Japanese all-star. Everything he does is a tribute to the game of baseball the way it's supposed to be played. The salty and officially shunned "Hit King" Pete Rose remains atop the leaderboard.

"On behalf of the Seattle Mariners organization and the fans of the Northwest, I would like to congratulate Ichiro on his 3,000th hit in Major League Baseball", Lincoln wrote.

Although the question will never be answered, but Ichiro's place among baseball's great hitters is not in doubt.

He's still loved in Seattle, but the Ichiro love-in doesn't end at the Pacific Coast. The hit was sent to right field, where it was short just 10 feet of becoming a home run.

Sakamoto said Ichiro closely followed her dietary advice, unlike many other young players. There are still very few.

Yankees 3, Indians 2: Masahiro Tanaka rebounded from two rocky outings, Didi Gregorius homered and NY held off Cleveland after announcing that Alex Rodriguez will play his final game in pinstripes this week. Suzuki's triple came against left-hander Chris Rusin. His batting stance, his zen like mental approach.

Ichiro Suzuki has been in the MLB for 15 years, which is remarkable on its own, but when you consider that he entered the league at the age of 27, and he is now at the ripe old age of 42, then his current deeds look even that more impressive.

The Mariners played a clip on their giant videoboard of Ichiro Suzuki, batting for the Miami Marlins against the Colorado Rockies in Denver, as he became the 30th player in Major League Baseball history to reach 3,000 career hits - launching a triple off the right field wall. His goal is not to "barrel up" the pitch so much as redirect it, to let its own energy, nudged outward, carry it into the field. He would have liked to have gotten a win along with it, too. He's under contract to the Rangers through 2019, and is, in my opinion, one of the most underappreciated players in the game today. A quiet irony attends this work, though.

3,000 hits is a fantastic milestone to add to an already fantastic career both in the United States and in Japan. He got 1,278 hits while playing nine years in Japan before becoming the American League Rookie of the Year and MVP with Seattle in 2001. Players spend their lives hunting for an edge, be it technological, chemical, or statistical.

Ichiro has only 620 career walks.

Yet he has done it, achieving a milestone that has always been the ultimate arbiter of hitting prowess for a major-leaguer. There's still more that we need to do as Japanese players. Rumors around baseball have long contradicted this assumption, though. This is Ichiro's second campaign with the Marlins. Dad often calls him Baseball's Samurai. In 2004, during Ichiro's heyday, the rival player Gary Sheffield advanced this view: "Two hundred singles? He shows our guys how you're supposed to do it".

Hordes of big-league washouts disprove Sheffield's argument, but there is some truth amid the rancor.

They said A-Rod couldn't be replaced, and he immediately was by Ichiro.

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