Mr. 4,000 – Congrats to Ichiro
Ichiro Suzuki recorded his 4,000th career hit yesterday if you combine his playing career in Japan and the US. It is quite an accomplishment, as he joins Pete Rose and Ty Cobb in the exclusive 4,000-hit club.
In his seven seasons in the Japanese Pacific League, Ichiro collected 1,278 hits. During his 13 years in the Major League, Ichiro has 2,722 hits, 2,533 of which came in a Seattle Mariners uniform (2001-2012).
Congrats to Ichiro for 4,000 career hits, and we wish you luck as you pursue 3,000 Major League hits!
Here is a statement the club distributed on Ichiro’s amazing accomplishment:
“On behalf of the entire Seattle Mariners organization and our fans across the Pacific Northwest, we offer our heartiest congratulations to Ichiro Suzuki for reaching 4,000 hits today.
We are proud that Ichiro’s remarkable career started in Seattle as American League MVP and Rookie of the Year in 2001, and that he collected 2,533 of those 4,000 hits while wearing a Mariners uniform for 11-and-a-half years.
From Japan to the Mariners and continuing with the New York Yankees, Ichiro’s historic milestone is testament to his position as one of the greatest hitters in the game of baseball.”