Ichiro: In a Hitting Class All By Himself

Posted: 14th September 2009 by Adam Bernacchio in MLB
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Yesterday against the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners’ superstar Ichiro Suzuki broke a major league baseball record that stood for over 100 years. With his second inning infield single, Ichiro became the first player in major league history to record nine straight seasons of at least 200 hits. Ichiro broke the record of eight consecutive 200 hit seasons set by Hall of Famer “Wee” Willie Keeler, who accomplished this feat from 1894-1901. Not to take anything away from Ichiro, but Keeler got his 200+ hits playing in about 140 games a year. That is impressive. When I first saw Ichiro hit back in the Spring of 2001, I thought there was no chance he would have the same success in the major leagues as he did in Japan. Up until that point, I had never seen a hitter try to ...

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