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HBT Daily: Ichiro’s 4000th and Puig on the bench

Aug 21, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

One is awesome and underplayed, the other is stupid and over-analyzed. Guess which one is which!

  1. skids003 - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Too bad Ichiro didn’t play his whole career here. Think of the numbers..

  2. denny65 - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Cool, precise, analytical, methodical, consistent. A pleasure to watch, a master at hitting.

    Give me the slap singles and beating the throw to first: I’ll take those over PED-driven homers any day.

    I wonder what the irascible Ty Cobb would have had to say about this Japanese ballplayer’s mastery with the bat?

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Probably something like:

      “Should’ve nuked Tokyo too, that goddamned slanty-eyed, yellow skin sumbitch.”

      Ty Cobb was an evil prick.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      I have a feeling Cobb wouldn’t like Ichiro, I don’t know why but I have that feeling.
      I rather hear what Rose has to say about Ichiro.

      • yournuts - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        Nobody cares what Pete Rose has to say! He has become Mr Pathetic.

  3. Stiller43 - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Was his BA for orix really .328 career? Wiki (i know, i know) says it was .355.

    Also, for what its worth, another site i saw has his 7 full time seasons (only ~160 combined ABs in his first two seasons) as .385, .342, .356, .345, .358, .343, .387. Hard to imagine his average was .328.

    Also, i like ichiro…but not knowing what the talent levels like, and projecting that he could have done the same thing in MLB at such a young age (he debuted at 18, first FT season at 20) is pretty hard for me to do.

    Regardless, he’s accomplished a ton in his career, but i wouldnt start to project that he’s be challenging pete rose by now if he didnt play for orix.

  4. jimsjam33 - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I was vey surprised and a little upset with you using the word ” stupid ” to analize the play and behavior of Puig , but the video showed you , Calcaterra being fair and impartial with your remarks . For that reason I take my anger and put it into my cranium to use at another time . Nice video reporting !

  5. gmsingh - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    I think the real question for me is not necessarily the number, but the HOF worthiness of Ichiro at this point. It seems unfair to completely discount his hitting in Japan with respect to whether or not he should be in the HOF. He’s one of the best hitters ever (as well as an exceptional fielder) so I personally think he should be in.

  6. jdillydawg - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    I miss the Ichimeter in right field at Safeco, but glad he’s playing for the Yankees. I’m going to have to roll the numbers on my Ichiro bobble head now. Sweet!

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      At least Seattle isn’t Ground Zero like New Yawk.

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