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Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Suzuki

Position(s):
DH, OF, RF, CF
Born:
October 22, 1973
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 11"
Weight:
170 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-02-2001 with SEA
Allstar Selections:
2001 GG, 2001 MVP, 2001 ROOK, 2001 SS, 2002 GG, 2003 GG, 2004 GG, 2005 GG, 2006 GG, 2007 AsMVP, 2007 GG, 2007 SS, 2008 GG, 2009 GG, 2009 SS, 2010 GG

Intro

At twenty-years old, Ichiro Suzuki won his first Japanese batting title. The speedy outfielder won five more batting crowns before leaving to play in the major leagues with the Mariners for the 2001 season. Seattle paid more than $13 million to obtain Ichiro. The first Japanese position player to sign in the major leagues, Ichiro took the league by storm in 2001, hitting well over .400 for nearly a month. The leadoff man helped lead the M's to a record-tying 116 wins and his play made him a pop icon, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Proving that his level of play was major league-caliber, Ichiro paced the majors in hits (242), and won the AL batting title at .350. It was the eighth straight year he had led his league in batting. In right field he amazed opponents and fans with his rocket throws and range. He emerged as baseball's most fundamentally sound ballplayer, as well as a superstar with a modest personality. In 2004, Ichiro broke George Sisler's 84-year old record for hits in a season, as he racked up an incredible 262 safeties.

Unform Number

#51 (2001-)

Quotes From

"If I'm allowed to bat .220, I could probably hit 40. But nobody wants that." — Ichiro, on being a home run hitter

Best Season

Less than twenty-one years old, Suzuki set Japanese League records for hits (210) and batting (.385). He also led the loop in slugging, on-base percentage, doubles, and runs scored. In 2000 he broke his own record for batting, when he hit .387 and won his seventh straight batting title.

Factoid 1

Ichiro Suzuki keeps his baseball bats in a silveer case.

Factoid 2

In 2004, Ichiro Suzuki hit .405 on the road for the Mariners. He became the first player to hit .400 on the road in a full season since 1958.

Transition

November 30, 2000: Purchased by the Seattle Mariners from the Orix Blue Wave of the Japanese Pacific League.

Strengths

Bat control, and speed.

Weaknesses

None

Feats

In both May (50) and July (51) of 2004, Ichiro collected at least 50 hits, becoming the first player in history to accomplish that feat. In August, he banged out 56 hits and batted .463... On September 30, 2005, Ichiro went 4-for-5 to reach the 200-hit mark and become the first player to reach 200 hits in his first five seasons.

Best Season, Major Leagues

As a "rookie," Ichiro banged out 242 hits, setting a record for first-year players. He won the AL Most Valuable Player Award in a controversial decision, beating out Jason Giambi and teammate Bret Boone. Ichiro played 157 games, scored 127 runs, drove in 69, and led the loop in hitting with a .350 average. He also paced the league with 56 stolen bases. His range in the outfield and his cannon arm earned him a Gold Glove Award. The Mariners, spurred by his production from the top of their order, set an AL-record with 116 victories.

Notes

Had a 25-game hitting streak from May 7 to June 1, 2007. He batted .402 (45-for-112) during the streak and raised his season average from .260 to .338 in the process... Through 2004, Ichiro owned a career .393 batting average for the month of May, stretching over 107 games.

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