Ichiro Suzuki as singled for his 4,000th career hit between Japan and the major leagues. The 39-year-old Suzuki slashed a line drive the opposite way to left field off Toronto's R.A. Dickey in the first inning Wednesday night for the milestone hit. He has 2,722 hits in a 13-year major league career and amassed 1,278 hits in nine seasons with Orix of Japan's Pacific League. His Yankees teammates streamed out of the dugout and surrounded him at first base.
A grinning Suzuki then faced the cheering fans and bowed. Pete Rose with 4,256 hits and Ty Cobb with 4,191 are the only two players that have reached the number solely in the major leagues.
Statement From Seattle Mariners On Ichiro Suzuki’s 4,000th Hit
“On behalf of the entire Seattle Mariners organization and our fans across the Pacific Northwest, we offer our heartiest congratulations to Ichiro Suzuki for reaching 4,000 hits today. We are proud that Ichiro’s remarkable career started in Seattle as American League MVP and Rookie of the Year in 2001, and that he collected 2,533 of those 4,000 hits while wearing a Mariners uniform for 11-and-a-half years.
From Japan to the Mariners and continuing with the New York Yankees, Ichiro’s historic milestone is testament to his position as one of the greatest hitters in the game of baseball.”
August 22, 2013