Ichiro reaches 4,000 hits in Yankees win
The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
According to MLB.com, New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki joined an elite group when he hit a single in the first inning off Blue Jays starter R.A Dickey. The base hit was the 4,000th of his career.
The Yankees celebrated with Ichiro as they all went to first base and acknowledged the Japanese import. Ichiro bowed to the crowd after getting a standing ovation.
Ichiro collected 1,278 hits over nine seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball as a member of the Orix Blue Wave from 1992-2000, as well as the 2,722 he has logged in the Majors with the Mariners and Yankees since 2001.
According to the New York Daily News, Ichiro joins Ty Cobb and Pete Rose as the only players in history to record 4,000 hits, playing at the highest levels in the U.S. and Japan.
“It’s an amazing feat,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s a testament to how hard he’s worked, how long he’s been in the game, how he stays healthy, the way he goes about his business. He’s a great player, and he’s been a great player for a long time.”
Ichiro, 39, came to Major League Baseball in 2001 and took the league by storm with the Seattle Mariners, he won the AL Rookie of the Year award and AL MVP award in the same season. He also broke George Sisler’s single season hit record of 262 in 2004. He also had ten consecutive 200 hit seasons to start his MLB career.