After coming over from Japan at age 27, Ichiro Suzuki notched his 3,000th hit Sunday in Colorado for the Miami Marlins. He pulled a high fly ball that was nearly caught by Gerardo Parra and was nearly a homer, but ended up being a triple. It was the perfect moment as he rounded the bases at full speed going for his 93rd career triple.
Ichiro’s triple via MLB.com:
At age 42, Ichiro joins the select group as the 30th major league player to reach the milestone.
Ichiro is a sure Hall of Famer as he sits at 58 fWAR, 105 wRC+, 113 home runs, and 507 stolen bases. He did all this after he joined the Seattle Mariners in 2001, where he played for over 10 seasons before being traded to the New York Yankees.
The 10-time All-Star ranks 53rd all time in batting average among outfielders and 52nd in fWAR. He won MVP in his rookie season as he hit .350 with 56 stolen bases and a 5.6 fWAR in 738 plate appearances. The superstar adds yet another milestone to his résumé, and if this is his final season, he will go down as one of the world’s greatest players.