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Baseball with Matt: Ichiro Suzuki

Hey baseball fans!

 

Matt Nadel here of Baseball with Matt with another dose of baseball history. Recently, my aunt Rie Suzuki told me that she loves Ichiro Suzuki (no relation)! Go figure, same last name. Anyway, she wanted me to write a post about Ichiro and I think he is one of the greatest Japanese players in MLB history, so I promised her a post about Ichiro. Here it is.

Ichiro Suzuki hitting (Courtesy of sbnation.com )

 

Ichiro was born in Kasugai, Japan on October 22, 1973, so he’s a little bit older than Derek Jeter. “Wizard”, as he was nicknamed (I didn’t even know that), played for the Japanese Orix Blue Wave from 1992-2000. His official start to his MLB career was in 2001 with the Seattle Mariners. What a year he had! A .350 batting average and 242 hits! He was named Rookie of the Year and MVP. That’s amazing!

 

As his career progressed, he kept on excelling even more. To this day, he has a lifetime batting average of .322 with 2,602 hits, which he accomplished in just 12 years! In 2004, he broke the single-season hits record by hitting 262 base hits.

 

The ten-time All Star had ten straight 200-hit seasons, a record. The funniest part of his whole career is that now, he’s on the Yankees! It was really funny coming home from sleepaway camp and turning on the TV to watch the Yankees vs. the Mariners game at Seattle and seeing Ichiro in a Yankees uniform! I was so confused. Anyway, the bottom line is Ichiro is one of the greatest contact hitters the game has ever seen.

 

Ichiro Suzuki playing defense (Courtesy of deadspin.com )

Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this article and thanks for reading this edition of “all the buzz on what wuzz”.

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