The Japanese professional baseball outfielder for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball who made the astonishing record of 3000 hits against Padres, Ichiro Suzuki creates history by completing his 3,000 career hits. The 42 year old baseball pioneer who proved 15 years ago that Japanese baseball players could be successful in Major League Baseball has once again made a remarkable achievement. In his match against Colorado Rockies on 7th August, 2016, while moving out of the batter’s box, he made an iconic swing, tripled to right field and became 30th player to reach 3000 hits
When Suzuki came into the season he needed 65 hits to reach 3,000 hits. Despite his age, 42 and his offensive numbers over the last three seasons, he performed above everyone’s expectations.
After he collected his 2,998th hit on July 28, Suzuki struggled briefly; going 0 for 11 over seven games before recording his 2,999th hit on Saturday.
“It took a long time for me,” Ichiro told reporters in Denver. “Obviously I’ve been feeling this for the past two weeks, and not getting an opportunity to get in there, getting a pinch-hit every night, that was tough. For me, I feel like I should have gotten this two years ago.”
Then he finally made a hit and completed his 3,000 hits. His teammates dashed out of the dugout and celebrated the remarkable achievement. He waved his helmet in appreciation while his fans in the Coors Field gave him a standing ovation.
Ichiro Suzuki said through a translator
“when I saw the teammates come out and how happy they were and how warm the fans were, it’s not about just the 3,000 and what I did, it’s about my teammates and my fans. That’s powerful today.”
He is the first player from Japan to reach 3,000 hits. He is also the first player to reach 3,000 hits while playing for the Marlins.He has spent most of his career with two teams: the Orix Blue Wave of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in Japan, where he started his professional career, and the Seattle Mariners of MLB in the United States. He played two and a half seasons in MLB with the New York Yankees after playing for the Mariners.
Some of Ichiro Suzuki’s achievements are:
- Ichiro established MLB’s single-season record for hits with 262.
- He played 10 consecutive seasons of 200-hits which is the longest streak made by any player in the history of baseball.
- By combining his hits in both Japan and Major League Baseball, he has most hits in top tier professional leagues. Ichiro has 4,278 hits — 1,278 in Japan and 3,000 in Major League Baseball. Pete Rose, MLB’s Hit King, finished his career with 4,256 hits in the big leagues.
- In both NPB and MLB, Ichiro received 17 consecutive selections both as an All-Star and Gold Glove winner.
- He has been named Most Valuable Player (MVP) four times.
“When I got my first hit as a big leaguer, I felt good for myself,” Ichiro said. “Today when I got my 3,000th hit, I was happy, but I was happy for the people around me, for the people that have supported me and have cheered me on. I really felt that today.”
Ichiro made his first big league hit on April 2, 2001. He has always been a great player. Starting his professional career from Japan, he proved that by effort and determination one can achieve great things in life and can overcome any hurdle. People have great respect for this amazing player who has created history through his skills.