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Ichiro Suzuki Joins The 3,000-Hit Club

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Ichiro Suzuki

Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki joins the 3,000-hit club in style

Going into todays game against the Colorado Rockies, Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was sitting on 2,999 career major league hits.

For that reason, Ichiro was placed in the starting lineup on Sunday so he could have ample opportunity to get career hit 3,000. Fans had to wait until the 7th inning before Ichiro would finally make history.

With a triple off of Chris Rusin, Suzuki became the 30th player in MLB history to join the 3,000 hit club. For a player that has made a living beating out drag bunts and infield singles, his triple was a fitting way to go into the record books.

The 42-year old did not make his major league debut until the age of 27 which makes him the oldest player at the time of his major league debut to collect 3,000 hits.

This milestone has stirred up some controversy this season. Before coming to America to play major league baseball, Ichiro played nine seasons in Japan and racked up 1,278 hits. Those do not count for the 3,000 that he has in America but they do count overall. Ichiro passed all-time hit leader Pete Rose earlier in the season after collecting hit 4,257 between Japan and America.

This did not sit well with some people who thought Ichiro’s hits in Japan should not count toward his overall total. Whatever your opinion may be, all you have to do is watch Ichiro hit and you can tell he is one of the greatest hitters of all-time.

With his 3,000th hit, Ichiro becomes one of only 4 players to have 3,000 hits and 10 Gold Gloves. He joins greats such as Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, and Al Kaline.

To prove that Ichiro is a great hitter, all you have to do is look at the fact that he has 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons which is an MLB record.

If one was to combine Ichiro’s stats from Japan, one would see that Ichiro has won 17 straight Gold Gloves and also has appeared in 17 straight All-Star games.

No one can say for sure how much longer Ichiro will be around but one thing is certain. Ichiro Suzuki will go down as one of the greatest hitters that the game of professional baseball has ever seen.