Ichiro Suzuki: Returning Yankee Is On His Way To 4000 Pro Hits And Maybe Rose’s 4256 Mark

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Monday, January.07/2013

Ichiro Suzuki is tied with Pete Rose for most 200-Hit Seasons a MLB Career with 10.  Suzuki accomplished the feat in consecutive years from 2001-2010.

Ichiro Suzuki is tied with Pete Rose for most 200-Hit Seasons a MLB Career with 10. Suzuki accomplished the feat in consecutive years from 2001-2010.  Ichiro holds the Single Season Record for hits in one year – when he smacked 262 base  knocks during the 2004 Season.  He Broke George Sisler’s previous mark of 257 – set in 1920.

By Chuck Booth (Yankees Correspondent/Website Owner):

3884 hits into his professional career, Suzuki starts his 13th Career in the Major Leagues and his 22nd season overall in 2013, only 116 hits shy of 4000.  He is 308 short of passing Ty Cobb (4191) and 372 hits behind Pete Rose (4256) for the ALL-Time Professional Baseball Hits Lead.  Suzuki just re-inked a 2 YR/13 Million Dollar Contract with the Bronx Bombers.  He has a serious chance to chase down these legendary players in this time frame.  The spry Right-Fielder has 2606 hits on this side of the water – including 10 straight 200+ hit seasons to start his career between 2001-2010.  The last 2 campaigns have seen him regress to only 184 and 178 hits respectively.  These are still decent hit totals, however not really Ichiro-like.  His 3 months in New York has given fans optimism that he can still be a very productive top of the lineup hitter.

Suzuki had a 3 Slash-Line of .320/.340/.794 in New York with 73 hits in 67 games.  The veteran even had 14 SB.  Playing in the Bronx will keep him motivated to play to his fullest potential, as he has never been to a World Series in 12 years.  The Yankees were swept by the Detroit Tigers in last years ALCS, although Suzuki went 6-17 (.353) in the series.  Amongst those hits, was a 4-6 effort in Game #1.  The man just knows how to hit.   He has averaged 221 base knocks a year since coming over from Japan.  He has a .322 Batting Average for his Career and has nailed down 2 Batting Titles, while he has led the American League in hits on 7 different occasions.

You are looking at the  #1 and #2 Hits Leaders of ALL-Time for Active Professional Hitters in the World.  Having them hit 1-2 in the lineup only makes sense,  You might as well have them both retire at the same time as well.

You are looking at the #1 and #2 Hits Leaders of ALL-Time for Active Professional Hitters in the World. Having them hit 1-2 in the lineup versus RHP only makes sense,.You might as well have them both retire at the same time in Pinstripes.

Ichiro is not the only Yankee climbing up the ALL-Time Hits Rankings.   Derek Jeter ranks 10th on the ALL-Time hit list with 3304 Hits coming into 2013.  The aging Shortstop is also signed through the 2014 year like Suzuki.  Jeter will be sure to pass Eddie Collins (3314- 9th), Paul Molitor (3319- 8th) in the 1st month of this upcoming season.  He should also pass Carl Yastremski next year (3419 – 7th) and Honus Wagner (3430- 6th).  After that, Tris Speaker is in 5th with 3515 Hits and Stan Musial is in 4th with 3630 Hits.  Jeter has a real shot to be in 4th Place ALL-Time by the end of 2014.  If Jeter plays in 2015, he would have a great shot to pass Hank Aaron for 3rd at 3771 Hits.  There is a 420 hit difference between Aaron and Cobb from 2nd to 3rd.  Alex Rodriguez is also 2nd amongst Active Hitters to Jeter with 2901 Hits.  While he is recovering from his injury for most of this year, Alex has 5 years left on his contract and will likely go over the 3000 hit plateau in early 2014.   Ichiro Suzuki and Alex Rodriguez going for 3000 hits will provide the New York fans with some more huge historical moments during the next few years.

Suzuki won the AL MVP and Rookie Of The Year in 2001.  It was a year his Mariners tied the ALL-Time Win Mark for a Season with 116.  They lost to the New York Yankees in the ALCS photo- Bronxpinstrpes.com

After a .353 Career Average in the NPBL League spanning 9 Years, Ichiro came to the Major Leagues.  Suzuki won the AL MVP and Rookie Of The Year in 2001. It was a year his Mariners tied the ALL-Time Win Mark for a Season with 116. They lost to the New York Yankees in the ALCS.   photo – Bronxpinstrpes.com

I am hoping that Ichiro will play one more year in 2015, as that would mean his odds would increase to have 3000 hits in Major League Baseball.  At 394 hits short, he will be hard pressed to average 197 hits over the next few years.  He struggles against Left-Handed Pitchers.  The good news is that he is hitting in the vaunted Yankees lineup, thus meaning a lot more chances for At-Bats.  I am thinking he is still the clubs best #2 hitter behind Jeter.  Ichiro is still an excellent Bunter – and can pull the ball to the right side of the infield with regularity to move runners ahead of him over.  Suzuki doesn’t walk as much as he used to – so hitting him in the Lead-Off spot doesn’t make sense.  A more likely scenario will see Brett Gardner hit in the 9th slot to provide speed once the order swings around for a 2nd time.

Ichiro is in fantastic condition and could play for as much as 5 more years, however he is so full of pride that he would not want to see his numbers plummet down to the point he wasn’t at least above Average.  2- 3 more years and a retirement at the age of 40 or 41 would be about right.  Realistic numbers for 2013, should be around 550-600 AB, with anywhere from 140-180 Hits.  I believe Ichiro will hit between the .290-.300 mark, be able to steal around 30 bases and score 80-90 Runs.    His Seattle Mariners numbers really took a beating in Safeco Field last year, retaining a .214 Average – which ultimately resulted him still only hitting .283 last year.  Ichiro’s 3 Slash-Line at Yankee Stadium is .341/.372/.811 in 180 Career AB there.  In 2012,  he was .338/.363/.894 – as he even clubbed 5 HRs in 130 AB.  Don’t be surprised to see Ichiro hit 15-20 HRs this year for the Yankees with that short porch in right.  If you watch the guy in practice, he can hit them over the fence as well as anyone.

I was lucky enough to see Suzuki play in Seattle for the last decade.  He won me over as my favorite player.  Of course, the excitement was even greater when he was traded to the New York Yankees.  The fans have embraced him and will continue to be marveled at his mastery of waving the bat around like a ‘Magic Wand.’  He sprays and volleys baseballs like he was playing Tennis.  Speed, skill, grace, bat-speed, Baseball IQ are only a few words to sum up this man.  While at the park, I become tired just watching him stretch out to keep himself loose.  I would love the guy to have a chance to win the ultimate prize in a “Fall Classic” before he hangs them up in the next few years. 

Suzuki is a 10 Time ALL-Star, a 10 Time Gold Glove Award Winner, a 3 Time Silver Slugger Award winner, Has hit over .300 10 times and has 452 Career SB.  He will be a 1st Ballot Hall Of Famer once he is done playing

Suzuki is a 10 Time ALL-Star, a 10 Time Gold Glove Award Winner, a 3 Time Silver Slugger Award winner, has hit over .300 10 different times – and has 452 Career SB. He will be a 1st Ballot Hall Of Famer once he is done playing.  When that will be is undetermined.  He sits 3rd amongst active batters – with a .322 Lifetime Average. Only Pujols (.325) and Mauer (.323) are ahead of him.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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