They come in a must-read article by Wright Thompson in ESPN the Magazine about the 44-year-old future Hall of Famer's drive to keep playing. He was traded to the New York Yankees in 2012, played parts of three seasons with the New York Yankees, then spent three seasons with the Miami Marlins.
One of the iconic players in franchise history before being traded to the Yankees in July of 2012, Ichiro has agreed to terms on a one-year major-league contract with the Seattle ballclub. And even if we knew a lot about him, it chronicles a chapter of his career - perhaps his last offseason before his whole life becomes an offseason - for which perhaps the most prepared baseball player in the past several decades seems shockingly unprepared.
Ichiro, who has said his goal is to play in the majors until he is 50, is the MLB active leader with 3,080 career hits.
He has a.312 average and 3,080 hits. Suzuki appeared in 136 games previous year and hit.255 with a.318 on-base percentage. In 2017, he had 196 at-bats, including 100 as a pinch-hitter. His 27 pinch-hits in 2017 were one shy of the single-season Major League record (28, John Vander Wal-COL, 1995).
Ichiro is officially a Mariner again. He joined Boston's Fred Lynn (1975) as the only players in either league to claim MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same season.
Dubbed "the Sultan of Slap" for his unique hitting style, Ichiro would accumulate more than 200 hits in 10 consecutive seasons, including a major-league-record 262 in 2004.
From 2001-10, Ichiro won 10 consecutive Gold Glove Awards and made 10 consecutive trips to the All-Star Game. But that questionable inflation - which falls apart as an argument if you also give Rose credit for his 427 minor league hits - is unnecessary to bolster Suzuki's reputation as one of the most unusual and fantastic players the game has ever seen. Combined with his 1,278 hit during nine season with the Orix Blue Wave in Japan's Pacific, Ichiro is one of nine players with more than 4,000 hits as a professional.
Ichiro ranks first in Mariner's history in hits (2,533), batting average (.322), at-bats (7,858), triples (79) and stolen bases (438).