Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ichiro: Another Season, Another 200 Hits

Ichiro Suzuki is in a class by himself.

Tonight, the Seattle Mariners outfielder collected his 200th hit of the season in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers. He did so in the top of the second inning on an infield hit off Rangers starter Derek Holland. It was the ninth consecutive season he has reached the 200 hit plateau. Such a feat is unprecedented in MLB. Wee Willie Keeler had eight consecutive seasons of 200 or more hits between 1894 and 1901.

A week ago, Ichiro collected his 2,000th major league hit against the Oakland Athletics.

If he stays healthy he could have 3,000 hits by 2013 or 2014.

Ichiro should write a book titled Zen & The Art of Hitting. It wouldn't matter if it were written in English or Japanese because he can hit in both languages.

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