Ichiro Suzuki: Miami Marlins Legend Makes Baseball History With 4257th Hit

Miami Marlins' Ichiro Suzuki takes a practice swing before batting in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in San Diego. His total combines 1,278 hits in Nippon Professional Baseball and 2,979 hits in the majors. All of Rose's hits came in the major leagues.

"I'm not taking anything from away from Ichiro", Rose pointed out to USA Today.

Whether you are counting all his hits or not, Ichiro is an absolute shoe-in for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and this year he is going to reach another landmark in his historic career. With that many hits he has already passed Pete Rose's record in the league. In terms of Major League Baseball hits, he's on 2,979 and that's still a far way off Pete's record.

There can be no serious argument for inclusion. The same way we do not count Warren Moon's CFL stats or Hershel Walker's USFL stats toward their National Football League totals.

The Japanese professional baseball hit record is 3,085 held by Isao Harimoto in 2,752 games.

But that doesn't mean we should be celebrating Ichiro Suzuki as the new Hit King and shading the one who actually, you know, got those hits in the majors and not in an entirely different league.

In 2000, Ichiro signed with the Seattle Mariners when the Blue Wave could no longer afford to keep him, but due to contractual agreements, could not play a game before the 2001 season. Second, at.332, was journeyman major-leaguer Sherman Obando, a.239 hitter in 177 games with the O's and the Expos.

"Obviously, I've heard Pete Rose's comments that he wasn't very happy about me and the record", Suzuki said.

Yes. In fact, he should be a first-ballot candidate. He lowered his earned run average from 9.50 to 8.79.

Here's just a small part of the case for Ichiro. Of course, there was also debate over whether he should be eligible for that rookie award because of time in Japan. It was the (allegedly) 42-year-old Ichiro's second double of the game but it didn't help his Miami Marlins in a 6-3 loss to the Padres. There was pressure, starting with the large contingent of Japanese media assigned to cover him, exclusively, breathlessly waiting for his reaction even to games where he did not factor in the outcome.

After trailing 1-0 and 3-1 early, the Padres took the lead with four straight, two-out hits in the fifth. Through all this circus sideshow he maintained his dignity and excelled.

RED SOX 6, ORIOLES 4: Hanley Ramirez hit his first homer in more than a month, knuckleballer Steven Wright was solid into the eighth inning and Boston beat Baltimore at Boston.

Adrian Gonzalez and Howie Kendrick singled with two outs in the sixth inning before Van Slyke hit his first homer of the season off Patrick Corbin for a 3-1 lead. That, again, was three years ago.

He is a 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove victor. Gillick, for one, believed it.

Understandably Pete Rose, who makes more than $1 million a year from public appearances and autograph signings and makes his living from the moniker "Hit King", has been quick to defend his record.

  • Jo Lloyd