Seattle Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki has told local reports in Japan that he plans to retire after the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics wrap up this Opening Series in Japan at the age of 45.
If you’re a baseball fan, when you hear #51, the first player that comes to mind should be Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro’s career started all the way back in 1992 in Japan and moved to the MLB in 2001 at the age of 27. He has amassed over 4k total hits with 3,089 in 2,600+ games. He became the face of the Mariners after Ken Griffey Jr departed.
He’s known for a very awkward, yet effective, batting stance that can slap the ball through the gap. The little known fact is that in batting practice, Ichiro normally hits almost every ball out of the ballpark. His MLB career spanned 18 years, playing for the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, Miami Marlins, and finally back to Seattle in 2017 before taking an advisor’s role after 15 games last season. The Mariners signed him this year with the intention of Spring Training and being the ambassador during this Opening Series. Hopefully you have a big screen because his stats might not fit!
My question to you is, what’s your favorite Ichiro Moment? Make sure to follow on Twitter and and share your thoughts on this amazing player!