Miami Marlins’ outfielder Ichiro Suzuki recently made MLB history as he reached 3000 hits when he launched a triple(!) in the seventh inning of their 10-7 win against the Colorado Rockies last Sunday.
As Ichiro joins the 3000 hits club, past and current MLB players chime in on the achievement, taking to social media to congratulate the 42 year-old player.
— Christian Yelich (@ChristianYelich) August 8, 2016
— Fernando Rodney (@F_Rodney56) August 8, 2016
Fellow MLB players.
Congrats Ichiro on an amazing milestone. What a pleasure it was competing against u but playing with u was beyond words. One of a kind #3000
— Joba Chamberlain (@Joba_44) August 8, 2016
Congrats to Ichiro for reaching 3000 hits! Truly one of the greatest players of all time and it's been an honor to compete against you!
— Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) August 8, 2016
Or former MLB players.
— Johnny Bench (@JohnnyBench_5) August 7, 2016
Congrats to Ichiro!The guy I chased and looked to see what he was doing when I played.He pushed me to get 200 hits every year #Ichiro3000
— Juan Pierre (@JPBeastMode) August 8, 2016
Aside from hitting the mark, Ichiro is also just the second player (and first Japan-born player) to hit 3000 with a triple, following only his former Mariners hitting coach Paul Molitor.
“I wanted to see it go over the fence, but after I heard that Paul Molitor was the other person to do it I was glad it didn’t go over,” Suzuki said after celebrating the win and the record with his teammates.
“I have a special relationship with him and having something like this, that is the same thing he accomplished, makes it more special.”
The hit also came at an opportune time for Suzuki, who was hitless in his first three at-bats of the game. But after launching a long drive to right field, which was just beyond Gerardo Parra’s reach, Ichiro just felt like “the burden was lifted off” and cruised to third base.
Miami players along with third-base coach Lorenzo Bundy rushed out of the dugout and congratulated the player. His hitting coach, Barry Bonds, greeted him with a hug as the revelry in third ended.
“We gave him a big hug and told him he deserved it,” said Miami Marlins’ second baseman Dee Gordon after the game. “That’s what you’re supposed to do. Show him his respect, show him that we respect his milestone.”
While Ichiro joins the 3000 hits club, the rest of the Marlins, who are second in the NL East standings, will be going up against the Giants and White Sox, who have both won two out of their last five games.
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