Ichiro Suzuki = one of the greatest hitters to ever play in major league baseball. I’ve been fortunate as a Mariners fan to witness many of his hits, defensive gems, and stolen bases since 2001. He burst onto the scene in the Mariners magical 116-win 2001 season to win not only the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award but also the A.L. MVP Award.
His milestone of 10 straight 200-hit seasons is likely to never be surpassed. The great Pete Rose did it 10 times overall but he also had many more seasons to reach this feat. Rose played from 1963 all the way to 1986. Rose’s first 200-hit season was in 1965 and his last was in 1979.
Some fans may have certain reasons to not like Ichiro, but I’m not one of them. He is the greatest leadoff hitter this franchise will ever see and he has short than “a constant” for a franchise that has ultimately been in turmoil since 2003. I applaud his efforts and would be glad to shake his hand and say “thank you” someday soon.
Below are some interesting and simply amazing statistics about Ichiro.
• Ichiro Suzuki not only reached 200 hits for the 10th time today, tying Pete Rose’s all-time record, he further chased down the all-time major league hits leaders.
Most Career Hits (Combined MLB/Japan)
Pete Rose — 4,256
Ty Cobb — 4,191
Hank Aaron — 3,771
Stan Musial — 3,630
Tris Speaker — 3,514
Ichiro Suzuki — 3,508**
(** 2,230 MLB hits)
• The most consecutive seasons with 200 hits: Ichiro Suzuki (10), Willie Keeler (8), Wade Boggs (7).
• Ichiro has 10 seasons with 200 hits. Only two other Mariners have had at least one such season: Alex Rodriguez (2) and Bret Boone (1).
• Ichiro has 10 seasons with 200+ hits. The team his Mariners faced today, the Blue Jays, has a total of five seasons with 200+ hits.
• Ichiro has 10 seasons with 200+ hits since 2001. The following teams have yet to have one since 2001: White Sox, Indians, Royals, Twins, Astros, Rays, Diamondbacks, Braves, and Reds.
• The most 200 Hit Seasons since 2001- Ichiro Suzuki (10), Michael Young (5), Derek Jeter (4), Juan Pierre (4), Miguel Tejada (3), Vladimir Guerrero (3).