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Taking a moment to admire Ichiro

Sep 6, 2009, 9:24 PM EDT

ichiro_090906.jpgLet’s take a moment to admire Ichiro. In case you didn’t notice, the Seattle Mariners right fielder is good at hitting.

He can hit it off his shoe tops. He can hit it from eye-level. He can jerk it down the line, slash it up the middle or lace it over the third baseman’s head. Occasionally, he can knock it out of the park. More often, he’ll tap it up the middle and fly up the line for an infield single, infuriating infielders and pitchers alike.

The man can hit. On a historic level, even.

On Sunday, he notched his 2,000th hit in the majors. He did it in his 1,402nd game, that’s faster than anyone in MLB history except for Al Simmons, who did it in 12 fewer games, and about six “eras” ago.

Add the 1,278 hits Ichiro notched in Japan, and that puts him at 3,278 in 17 combined seasons. No, the Japanese Pacific League isn’t as good as the American League. But it’s impressive nonetheless.

So take a moment to appreciate this fleet, unorthodox player. Guys like this don’t come around too often.


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  1. hop - Sep 6, 2009 at 10:58 PM

    If you love infield singles than ichiro is your guy, if you like your team to actually score runs and win the game than he is not. Case closed

  2. RMS - Sep 7, 2009 at 3:35 AM

    Ichiro’s 2,000th hit was a sharp double down the line. Franklin Gutierrez moved him to third on a perfect bunt, and Jose Lopez drove Ichiro in with a single. Sound baseball, with Ichiro getting things started. Judgment overruled.

  3. comnsnse - Sep 7, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    The real discussion should be whether Ichiro would be a threat to the all time hit record had he played his entire career in the majors.I believe he would as he is also very durable.

  4. MarkMay - Sep 7, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    people compare Pedroia to Pete Rose – so I think he could do it if he keeps up the consistency. he seems tough enough to maybe do it…but either way…Ichiro is probably the best hitter since Rose, whether he breaks it or not.

  5. Grant - Sep 7, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    The man has a career OBP of .378. Regardless of how it gets done, that’s impressive.

  6. Kim - Sep 7, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Ichiro da man! And he no bet on baseball! And he be goin’ to da hall of fame! And he hit for da worse team in baseball!

  7. hop - Sep 7, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    A double doesnt change the fact that well over 80% of his hits are singles and most of them dont leave the infield. Sorry it is what it is and he ain’t worth the 20MIL per year he gets

  8. hop - Sep 7, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    You act as if a OBP% of .378 is terrific, thats pretty good for a leadoff hitter, nothing terrific junior. He’s had a OBP% of .400 what? Once in his entire career? He doesnt take pitches and he doesnt walk which means he really isnt a good leadoff hitter, he’s overrated in the outfield and he has a .222 career average in the ALCS (highest level of postseason he ever reached) so he doesnt get it done when it counts. But hey i am glad seattle has him cause as long as he’s there i never have to worry about them being any kind of threat so keep em until he’s 50, please!

  9. step - Sep 7, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    he is a leadoff hitter. his job is to get on base & score runs..some stats just for you, hop. ichiro average runs@111. jeter average runs@120. case closed??

  10. jump - Sep 7, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    its too bad you dont enjoy baseball hop…

  11. fly - Sep 7, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    so whos worth 20mil hop? do you even like baseball? i bet not. dont you get chills seeing ichiro gunning down a runner at third??

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