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Ichiro Suzuki collects 4,000th professional hit

Aug 21, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki slapped a first-inning single into left field Wednesday off Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey for his 4,000th professional hit between North America and Japan. Ichiro was then mobbed at first base by his Yankees teammates and saluted in unique fashion by Jays second baseman and fellow countryman Munenori Kawasaki.

You’re going to want to watch this highlight:

Ichiro tallied 1,278 hits in Nippon Professional Baseball and has 2,722 hits and counting in MLB.

The 39-year-old is one of only five players in the history of the sport to collect more than 4,000 combined hits as a pro and the rest of the list is like a baseball Mount Rushmore. Pete Rose had 4,683 hits between the minors and major leagues, Ty Cobb had 4,357, Hank Aaron had 4,095 and Stan Musial had 4,001.

  1. jdillydawg - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    With all the crap going on in baseball around drug use, you would think this would be something to celebrate entirely rather than make it a pissing contest between the Japanese league and MLB. Frankly, with so little great things coming out of baseball, I’m pretty ok if we start counting little league hits just to take our minds off PEDs, concussions, pitcher retaliations, and instant replay.

    Keep hitting, Ichiro. 4,000 is 4,000 in my book, and not one of them is worth any less than another.

    You da man.

  2. youngyankee - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    this is a huge feat by anyone. lets give recognition where it’s due.

    I agree that non mlb stats don’t count officially but the problem i have with pete roses comments and sadaharu ohs hr thing

    ichiro came to the US and hit mlb pitching ridiculously well. 2722 or something like that so one can make an educated guess that he coulda hit what he did in japan here. he’s proven he could hit mlb level pitching

    sadaharu oh never took an mlb pitcher deep

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