85 Facts About Ichiro Suzuki

1. Ichiro Suzuki had ten consecutive 200-hit seasons, the longest streak of any Major League player.

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2. At the 2007 MLB All-Star Game, Ichiro Suzuki hit the first-ever inside the park home run, which earned him the Most Valuable Player award.

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3. Ichiro Suzuki was the first Japanese position player to play Major League Baseball.

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4. Ichiro Suzuki has a reputation for changing bats more often than the average player, much like past superstar Roberto Clemente.

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5. Ichiro Suzuki is a Japanese player, so admired by people that he is loved more than a movie star.

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6. Ichiro Suzuki is a Japanese professional baseball player, who currently plays for the side Seattle Mariners in Major League Baseball.

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7. Ichiro Suzuki appeared in just 15 games with the Mariners before abruptly transitioning to a position with the team's front office on May 8, ending his 2018 season.

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8. Ichiro Suzuki made his major league debut with the Mariners on April 2, 2001.

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9. Ichiro Suzuki became the first nonpitcher to make the transition when he signed a three-year contract with the Mariners in November 2000.

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10. Ichiro Suzuki has established a number of batting records, including MLB's single-season record for hits with 262.

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11. Ichiro Suzuki was traded to the New York Yankees in July 2012, and he batted.

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12. Ichiro Suzuki was an instant sensation as the first Japanese everyday position player in the Major Leagues, demonstrating an ability to spray hits to all fields and a surprisingly strong outfield arm.

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13. Ichiro Suzuki won six more batting titles and three MVP Awards, as well as the Japanese championship with the 1996 Blue Wave team.

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14. Ichiro Suzuki spent most of his first two professional seasons in the minor leagues, but the new Orix manager gave him the chance to start in 1994, and he responded with a record 210 hits and Pacific League-leading.

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15. Ichiro Suzuki was recruited by the highly regarded Aikodai Meiden Koko high school baseball program as a pitcher and an outfielder.

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16. Ichiro Suzuki was born on October 22, 1973, in Kasugai, Japan.

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17. Ichiro Suzuki set an ML single-season record for hits in 2004 and recorded career hit No 4,000 in August 2013.

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18. Ichiro Suzuki is a man of unique personality, one that guided him throughout his playing days in Japan and the Major Leagues.

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19. Ichiro Suzuki gave a surprise gift at Hitoki Iwase's retirement party.

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20. Ichiro Suzuki watches the final game and attends its awards ceremony every year.

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21. Ichiro Suzuki is the honored chairman of the Ichiro Suzuki Cup, a six-month-long boys' league tournament with more than 200 teams, held in Toyoyama and surrounding cities and towns since 1996.

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22. On March 18, 2011, Ichiro Suzuki donated ¥100 million to the Japanese Red Cross for earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.

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23. Ichiro Suzuki has an elder brother, Kazuyasu Suzuki, who is a fashion designer.

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24. Ichiro Suzuki has long been interested in pitching professionally, and he actually took the mound to pitch to one batter in the 1996 NPB All Star game, reaching close to 91 MPH in warm up pitches.

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25. On October 2, 2018, it was announced that Ichiro Suzuki will be on the Mariners' active roster when they open the 2019 season against the Oakland Athletics in Japan.

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26. On May 3, the Mariners announced that Ichiro Suzuki would move to the front office as a special assistant for the remainder of the season, but Ichiro did not rule out a possible return as a player for the 2019 season.

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27. On March 7, 2018, Ichiro Suzuki signed a one-year contract to return to the Mariners.

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28. On June 25, Ichiro Suzuki became the oldest player to start a game in center field since at least 1900, breaking the record previously held by Rickey Henderson.

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29. Ichiro Suzuki is just the second player to reach that milestone by way of a triple, joining Hall of Famer Paul Molitor.

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30. On January 23, 2015, Ichiro Suzuki agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Miami Marlins.

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31. On July 10, 2014, Ichiro Suzuki collected his 2,800th MLB hit off of Cleveland Indians pitcher Scott Atchison in the top of the eighth inning at Progressive Field.

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32. On June 25, 2013, Ichiro Suzuki hit a walk-off home run against Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

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33. On December 19, 2012, Ichiro Suzuki finalized a $13 million deal for two years with the Yankees.

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34. Ichiro Suzuki performed well in his first playoff appearance since the beginning of his career.

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35. Ichiro Suzuki would go on to hit safely in his first 12 games as a Yankee, tying a record set by Don Slaught.

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36. Ichiro Suzuki reached the milestone in the fourth-fewest games in major league history, after Al Simmons, Ty Cobb, and George Sisler.

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37. On June 19, 2012, Ichiro Suzuki led off a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a single to center field, the 2,500th hit of his MLB career.

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38. Ichiro Suzuki won his second consecutive and third overall Fielding Bible Award for his statistically based defensive excellence in right field.

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39. Ichiro Suzuki finished first or second in hits in all of his first 10 MLB seasons.

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40. Ichiro Suzuki finished the season "ironman" style, playing in all 162 games.

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41. Ichiro Suzuki finished the season with 214 hits, topping the MLB in that category.

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42. On September 1, 2010, Ichiro Suzuki collected his 2,200th hit, a leadoff infield single against Cleveland Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin.

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43. Ichiro Suzuki is the third Mariner in history to reach that milestone.

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44. Ichiro Suzuki won his second Fielding Bible Award as the best fielding right fielder in MLB.

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45. Ichiro Suzuki was the only Mariner to be ejected from a game all season.

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46. On September 26, 2009, Ichiro Suzuki was ejected from a game for the first time in his professional career.

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47. Ichiro Suzuki recorded 210 hits with Orix in 1994, thereby giving him a total of ten 200 hit seasons in his professional career.

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48. Ichiro Suzuki is the second-fastest player to reach the milestone, behind Al Simmons.

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49. Ichiro Suzuki went on to record 44 hits in June 2009, his 20th career month with 40 or more hits.

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50. Ichiro Suzuki ended the night 4-for-6, bringing his total to 6-for-10 in WBC championship games.

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51. Ichiro Suzuki became just the second Japanese professional to get 3,000 hits.

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52. On July 29, 2008, Ichiro Suzuki became the second-youngest player to amass 3,000 top-level professional hits after Ty Cobb.

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53. Ichiro Suzuki has amassed more than 450 infield hits in his US career.

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54. Ichiro Suzuki had 213 hits in 2008, his eighth straight 200-hit season.

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55. On July 29, 2007, Ichiro Suzuki collected his 1,500th US hit, the third fastest to reach the MLB milestone behind Al Simmons and George Sisler.

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56. Ichiro Suzuki is provided with either a new Jeep or Mercedes SUV, as well as a personal trainer and interpreter.

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57. Ichiro Suzuki extended the record to 45; the major league record of 50 belongs to Vince Coleman.

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58. Ichiro Suzuki broke Tim Raines's American League record by stealing 41 consecutive bases without being caught.

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59. In May and June, Ichiro Suzuki hit in 25 consecutive games, breaking the previous Seattle Mariners record set by Joey Cora in 1997.

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60. Ichiro Suzuki began wearing high stocking baseball pants in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

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61. Ichiro Suzuki was variously quoted as saying "I want to win in a way that the opponent would think, 'we cannot catch up with Japan for the coming 30 years'.

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62. Ichiro Suzuki played for the Japan national baseball team in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in March 2006.

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63. In 2005, Ichiro Suzuki had his second worst year in his MLB career to date, collecting only 206 hits.

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64. Ichiro Suzuki finished the 2004 season with a record 262 hits, giving him the single-season records for both the United States and Japanese baseball.

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65. Ichiro Suzuki had his best offensive season to date in 2004, highlighted by his breaking of George Sisler's 84-year-old record for most hits in a season.

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66. In 2003, Ichiro Suzuki became just the third player in history to begin his career with three 200-hit seasons, by garnering 212.

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67. Ichiro Suzuki led the major league All-Star balloting for the second straight year.

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68. Ichiro Suzuki finished the season second in the AL in hits, fourth in batting average, and fourth in steals.

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69. Ichiro Suzuki was the sixth player in MLB history to start a career with two 200-hit seasons.

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70. Ichiro Suzuki finished his second year in American baseball with 208 total hits, making him the first Mariners player ever with two consecutive seasons of 200+ hits.

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71. In 2000, Ichiro Suzuki was still a year away from being eligible for free agency, but the Blue Wave was no longer among Japan's best teams.

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72. In November 1998, Ichiro Suzuki participated in a seven-game exhibition series between Japanese and American all-stars.

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73. In 1995, Ichiro Suzuki led the Blue Wave to its first Pacific League pennant in 12 years.

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74. Ichiro Suzuki set a Japanese single-season record with 210 hits, the first player ever to top 200 hits in a single season.

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75. Ichiro Suzuki made his Pacific League debut in 1992 at the age of 18, but he spent most of his first two seasons in the farm system because his then-manager, Shozo Doi, refused to accept Ichiro's unorthodox swing.

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76. Ichiro Suzuki built strength and stamina by hurling car tires and hitting Wiffle balls with a heavy shovel, among other regimens.

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77. When he was ready to enter high school, Ichiro Suzuki was selected by a school with a prestigious baseball program, Nagoya's Aikodai Meiden High School.

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78. In 2016, Ichiro Suzuki notched the 3,000th hit of his MLB career off Chris Rusin of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, becoming only the 30th player ever to do so.

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79. Ichiro Suzuki won a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in each of his first ten years in the majors, and had an American League–record seven hitting streaks of 20 or more games, with a high of 27.

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80. Ichiro Suzuki was a ten-time MLB All-Star and won the 2007 All-Star Game MVP Award for a three-hit performance that included the event's first-ever inside-the-park home run.

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81. In 2001, Ichiro Suzuki became the first Japanese-born position player to be posted and signed to an MLB club.

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82. Ichiro Suzuki has recorded the most hits of all Japanese born players in MLB history.

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83. Ichiro Suzuki achieved 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons, the longest streak by any player in history.

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84. Ichiro Suzuki established a number of batting records, including MLB's single-season record for hits with 262.

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85. Ichiro Suzuki played three seasons with the Marlins before returning to the Mariners in 2018.

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