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MLB: NY Yankees RF Ichiro Suzuki Records Historic 4,000th Hit
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MLB: NY Yankees RF Ichiro Suzuki Records Historic 4,000th Hit

Aug 21 2013, 8:58pm CDT | by

New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki recorded his historic 4,000th hit against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.

New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki has joined the exclusive 4,000 hits club.  Ichiro joins the ranks of Pete Rose and Ty Cobb as the only major leaguers to record that many hits. However,...

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MLB: NY Yankees RF Ichiro Suzuki Records Historic 4,000th Hit

Aug 21 2013, 8:58pm CDT | by

New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki recorded his historic 4,000th hit against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.

New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki has joined the exclusive 4,000 hits club. 

Ichiro joins the ranks of Pete Rose and Ty Cobb as the only major leaguers to record that many hits. However, Ichiro's numbers include those from his stint in the Japanese Pacific League where he had 1,278 hits, per ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand. 

For his 13-year MLB career, Ichiro has 2,722 hits. 

Ichiro stated it's not imperative that he's mentioned in the same breath as the two MLB legends, according to the New York Daily News'Mark Feinsand. 

"It is a record that is adding two leagues into one; those guys did it in one league. I don't think you have to put me in that same category as them."

The historic moment came in the bottom of the first inning of the Yankees game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Ichiro singled to left field off Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey. 

At that point, the game was stopped momentarily as the crowd at Yankee Stadium gave him a standing ovation in recognition of his achievement. His teammates left the dugout to congratulate him at first base, according to Marchand. 

Ken Griffey, Jr., his former teammate with the Seattle Mariners, offered a congratulatory message which was shown on the stadium's video board. The Mariners also tweeted "Ichiro's historic milestone is testament to his position as one of the greatest hitters in the game of baseball," per USA Today Sports.  

Ichiro downplayed the 4,000 hits prior to the game through a translator.  

"After I got my first hit, if at that point I said to you guys,'My goal is to have 4,000 hits,' I think everybody would have called me an idiot. Now, after years and years of just getting hits every day, I've come to this point. What is important is just going out there and doing what you can do every single day."

The 39-year-old Ichiro is a 10-time MLB All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove award winner who was acquired from the Mariners last summer. He signed a two-year, $13 million contract with the Yankees prior to the 2013 MLB season. 

 

 
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Jeter exits MLB with win as Yanks top Red Sox

Sep 28 2014 4:26pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BOSTON — The ball, marked and numbered for the occasion, bounced high off the dirt and down the third-base line, where a rookie who was 4 years-old when Derek Jeter made his major league debut leaped into the air to attempt a barehanded play. It went off of his palm and onto the grass, and by that time Jeter was safe at first with hit No. 3,465 — the last of a career in which he established himself as the New York Yank ...
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Jeter exits MLB with win as Yanks top Red Sox

Sep 28 2014 4:26pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BOSTON — The ball, marked and numbered for the occasion, bounced high off the dirt and down the third-base line, where a rookie who was 4 years-old when Derek Jeter made his major league debut leaped into the air to attempt a barehanded play. It went off of his palm and onto the grass, and by that time Jeter was safe at first with hit No. 3,465 — the last of a career in which he established himself as the New York Yankees’ consummate captain and, for two decades, the face of base ...
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Jeter exits MLB with win as Yanks top Red Sox

Sep 28 2014 4:26pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BOSTON — The ball, marked and numbered for the occasion, bounced high off the dirt and down the third-base line, where a rookie who was 4 years-old when Derek Jeter made his major league debut leaped into the air to attempt a barehanded play. It went off of his palm and onto the grass, and by that time Jeter was safe at first with hit No. 3,465 — the last of a career in which he established himself as ...
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Jeter exits MLB with win as Yanks top Red Sox

Sep 28 2014 4:26pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BOSTON — The ball, marked and numbered for the occasion, bounced high off the dirt and down the third-base line, where a rookie who was 4 years-old when Derek Jeter made his major league debut leaped into the air to attempt a barehanded play. It went off of his palm and onto the grass, and by that time Jeter was safe at first with hit No. 3,465 — the last of a career in which he established himself as the New York Yankees’ consummate captain and, for two deca ...
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Jeter exits MLB with win as Yanks top Red Sox

Sep 28 2014 4:26pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BOSTON — The ball, marked and numbered for the occasion, bounced high off the dirt and down the third-base line, where a rookie who was 4 years-old when Derek Jeter made his major league debut leaped into the air to attempt a barehanded play. It went off of his palm and onto the grass, and by that time Jeter was safe at first with hit No. 3,465 — the last of a career in which he established himself as the New York Yankees’ consummate captain and, for two decades, the fa ...
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