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Ichiro Passes Barry Bonds on His Way to 3,000 Hits
- Updated: April 13, 2016
Coming into this spring, news came out that the tainted all time great, Barry Bonds, was hired as the batting coach for the Miami Marlins.
Controversy has made its away around. Should a former cheater be coaching hitters their craft?
In spite of this, just today, Ichiro Suzuki, a legend himself, passed Bonds career number of 2,395 hits on a pinch hit single in the 7th inning of today’s Marlins game.
In fact, it was off the Met’s up and coming star starter Noah Syndergaard.
Ichiro has had a legendary career, from his rookie year, in which he won the Rookie of the Year and AL MVP, to having 10 straight years where he had 200 plus hits and a .300 average.
In an interview with the Seattle Post Intelligencer Report 12 years ago, Ichiro said himself, “I’m not a big guy and hopefully kids could look at me and see that I’m not muscular and not physically imposing, that I’m just a regular guy. So if somebody with a regular body can get into the record books, kids can look at that. That would make me happy.”
42 year old Ichiro probably won’t reach 3,000 hits in his career. (although combined with his stats in Japan has 4,214 hits, only 42 from Pete Rose’s major league record.)
Even so, Ichiro has made the record books. He’s had a legendary career – one that isn’t tainted by steroids, an achievement to be praised.
Photo credit to Arturo Pardavila III – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ichiro_Suzuki_on_June_18,_2015.jpg