Ichiro Suzuki became an MLB superstar in a very short time.
Since arriving in 2001, he was a sight to behold on the baseball field.
He played 19 major league seasons, including 14 with the Seattle Mariners, with stops in New York and Miami in between.
He is arguably the best hitter baseball has ever seen.
Depending on how you look at him, he could be considered baseball’s all-time leader.
Many of his successes came while he was playing in Japan, but if you combine his stats in Japan with his stats at the majors, he’s more successful than MLB’s all-time leader Pete Rose.
There was something special about Ichiro the second he first stepped onto the field, and he gave fans a reason to watch baseball, even in Seattle, where the Mariners fell short of the playoffs since 2001.
Ichiro Suzuki turned 27
And then produced 3089 Hits in MLB pic.twitter.com/xE4Ocqns4Z
— OldTimeHardball (@OleTimeHardball) March 3, 2022
A true legend
As the tweet shows, it didn’t take long for Ichiro to become a legend.
There is no doubt that Ichiro will one day be enshrined in Cooperstown.
After all, he was MVP, Rookie of the Year, 10-time All-Star, two-time batting champion, 10-time Gold Glove award winner, and three-time Silver Slugger.
There’s a lot to be said for a guy who had nearly 4,000 hits in the big leagues.
Rarely does anyone even come close to what Rose accomplished in his big league days.
Ichiro caught up to him and passed him.
And for him, playing until the age of 45 says a lot about his heart, his restlessness and his durability.
Many are called, but there is only one Ichiro.
He will become eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2024, and it is hard to imagine that he is not elected unanimously.