Ichiro breaks MLB record
Posted September 16, 2009on:
Seattle Mariner’s outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has broken yet another record. On Sunday, Suzuki became the first MLB player ever to record nine consecutive seasons of 200 hits or more. After going 1 for 4 in game 1 of a doubleheader vs. the Rangers, Suzuki legged out an infield single to the shortstop in the second inning of game 2. After reaching first base, Ichiro tipped his hat to the crowd and the baseball was replaced, being sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. This is the fourth fastest of the nine seasons in which Suzuki has reached 200 hits. It took him only 144 games. Suzuki has received a ton of attention in his homeland of Japan. The Japanese media has followed Suzuki on the road trip to Texas to chronicle his pursuit to break an 108 year-old record held by Willie Keeler. He has received much more attention in Japan than in America. Suzuki played his first nine seasons in Japan for the Orix Blue Wave in the Pacific League. As a final celebration, Suzuki received a beer bath from his teammates in the locker room shower.