Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki
recorded the 4,000th hit of his professional career during the first inning of
Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Suzuki reached the rare milestone by slashing a 1-1 knuckleball from Toronto
starter R.A. Dickey past a diving third baseman Brett Lawrie and into left
field in his initial at-bat.
The 39-year-old 10-time All-Star joins some very select company, with Pete
Rose and Hall of Famer Ty Cobb the only two players to reach that elusive mark
as major leaguers.
Suzuki produced the his first 1,278 hits while playing nine years with the
Oriz Blue Wave in his native Japan from 1992-2000. He signed with the Seattle
Mariners the following season and notched 242 hits in his MLB debut en route
to winning both the American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable
That began a streak of 10 straight seasons, all with the Mariners, in which he
collected 200-plus hits. That included a major-league record 262 in 2004,
breaking the single-season mark that had been held by George Sisler since
Suzuki, who was traded from Seattle to the Yankees on July 23 of last season,
now has racked up 2,722 hits during his 13 seasons in the majors. Over that
tenure, the legendary outfielder has captured a pair of batting titles, three
Silver Slugger awards and 10 Gold Gloves.
One of only four players, along with Hall of Famers Paul Waner and Richie
Ashburn and Albert Pujols, to have 150 hits or more in each of his first 12
MLB seasons, Suzuki has collected a hit off 756 different pitchers during his
time in the majors. Of that group, Kevin Millwood (33) has surrendered the
Among Suzuki's 2,722 hits in the major leagues, 2,228 have been singles, 321
have been doubles, 83 have been triples and he's homered 110 times.
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