Ichiro Sets another Hitting Record

Ichiro Sets another Hitting Record

Ichiro Sets another Hitting Record

Ichiro Suzuki, better known simply as Ichiro, continues to set Major League Baseball records.  On Thursday, the Seattle Mariners outfielder got his 200th hit of the season.  It was the tenth consecutive season Ichiro had accomplished the task.

Ichiro came into the season as having the most consecutive 200 hit seasons by an American League player after passing “Wee” Willie Keeler with his ninth season in a row last year.  Ichiro now has more consecutive 200 hit seasons than anyone in baseball history.  Last night’s hit tied him with baseball’s all-time hits king Pete Rose, for most 200 hit seasons in a career.  The night also saw Ichiro break his tie with Ty Cobb for most career 200 hit seasons by an American League player.

His record-breaking hits night also makes Ichiro the American League player with the most seasons with 200 or more hits as well.  He had been tied with Ty Cobb entering the season.

Ichiro has been a picture of consistency since coming to the Mariners from his Japanese team ten seasons ago.  Having had at least 200 hits in every season since arriving in America makes you wonder what Ichiro could have done had he spent his entire playing career in the states.  Ichiro played the first nine years of his professional career in Japan.

The record setting hit came off Toronto’s Shawn Hill in the fifth inning.  Ichiro, known mainly as a singles hitter, singled off Hill for the record-breaking hit.  He had doubled off Hill earlier in the game.

Ichiro has led all of Major League Baseball in hits for the past four years, and in six of his first ten seasons.  The 37-year-old Ichiro has said that he would like to try to play until he is 50.

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