When Ichiro Suzuki came to the United States in 2001 he already had a track record of success in Japan, and had become one of the nation’s biggest icons before leaving to join the Seattle Mariners. At 27 years of age, Suzuki burst onto the scene as a Mariner, and as a rookie was not only crowned as the American League Rookie of the Year, but also the league’s MVP. Since then, Suzuki has been one of the league’s best players, both as a hitter and a right fielder.
Ichiro has been selected to 10 All-Star games and won 10 Gold Glove awards. Despite coming to the major leagues at such an advanced age, Ichiro has amassed 2,935 hits in his career, which ties him with Barry Bonds for 33rd all-time. In 2004, Suzuki collected 262 hits, which broke an 84-year-old record that belonged to George Sisler. In what could have been construed as an abbreviated career due the late age that it started, Ichiro’s body of work is almost certain to garner him induction to the Hall of Fame. When he becomes eligible for election, this should be an easy choice.
Home Runs- 113
Stolen Bases- 498
On-Base Pct.- .356