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Encyclopedia > Ichiro Suzuki
Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro in his pre-swing pose
Seattle Mariners — No. 51
Center Field
Born: October 22, 1973 (1973-10-22) (age 34)
Kasugai, Japan
Bats: Left Throws: Right 
Major League Baseball debut
April 22001 for the Seattle Mariners
Selected MLB statistics
(through June 6, 2008)
Batting average     .331
Hits     1,664
Home runs     70
Runs batted in     442
Stolen bases     297
Slugging percentage     .434
Teams

Ichiro Suzuki (鈴木 一朗 Suzuki Ichirō?), often known simply as Ichiro (イチロー Ichirō?), (born October 22, 1973 in Toyoyama, Nishikasugai, Aichi Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese outfielder for the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team. Download high resolution version (601x1300, 265 KB)Ichiros pre-pitch batting stance, May 2005. ... The position of the center fielder A center fielder, abbreviated CF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in center field - the baseball fielding position between left field and right field (e. ... is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Kasugai (春日井市; -shi) is a city located in Aichi, Japan. ... is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits (later revised to 4,189) by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ... Homerun redirects here. ... “RBI” redirects here. ... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1988. ... In baseball statistics, slugging average (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ... The Orix BlueWave (オリックスブルーウェーブ) is a baseball team in Kōbe, Japan, that plays in the Pacific League. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1992 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2000 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Other nicknames The Ms Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) King County Domed Stadium (Kingdome) (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) None... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Toyoyama (豊山町; -cho) is a town located in Nishikasugai District, Aichi, Japan. ... Nishikasugai (西春日井郡; -gun) is a district located in Aichi, Japan. ... For the company, see Aichi Steel Corporation. ... Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Other nicknames The Ms Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) King County Domed Stadium (Kingdome) (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) None... Major Leagues redirects here. ...


Ichiro moved to the United States in 2001 after playing nine years for the Orix Blue Wave in Japan's Pacific League. When the Blue Wave posted him after the 2000 season, Ichiro's rights were won by the Seattle Mariners and he signed a contract with them. He became the first Japanese-born everyday position player in the Major Leagues. Ichiro did not miss a beat in his transition. He immediately established himself as one of the premier players in the Major Leagues. The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... The Orix BlueWave (オリックスブルーウェーブ) is a baseball team in Kōbe, Japan, that plays in the Pacific League. ... The Pacific League (パシフィック・リーグ Pashifikku Riigu) is one of Japans two major professional baseball leagues (the other is the Central League). ... The posting system is a transfer system for baseball players moving from a Japanese baseball team to a Major League Baseball team. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2000 throughout the world. ... Languages Japanese Religions Shinto, Buddhism, large secular groups      The Japanese people ) is the ethnic group that identifies as Japanese by culture or ancestry, or both. ... In baseball, a position player is a player who on defense plays as an infielder, outfielder, or catcher. ...


2004 was his most impressive offensive season yet, as he set several MLB records, including a new all-time, single-season Major League record with 262 hits. Ichiro, equipped with one of the strongest and most accurate throwing arms in the league, is generally recognized as one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball. He has won a Gold Glove award in each of his first seven years in the majors as an outfielder. The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... // † - While only technically a rookie, Ichiro Suzuki is credited with the rookie record for hits in a single season. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each...


Ichiro is the first MLB player to join Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame (The Golden Players Club). He was also selected the 2007 All Star Game MVP, going three for three and hitting the event's first ever inside-the-park home run. The Meikyukai (名球会, Association of Great Players, or Golden Players Club) is one of the two Japanese baseball hall of fame (the other is Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame ; Yakyu Dendo 野球殿堂). The Meikyukai is a company ltd. ... Date July 10, 2007 Venue AT&T Park City San Francisco, California Managers American League - Jim Leyland (DET) National League - Tony La Russa (STL) MVP Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) Television FOX, Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, Ken Rosenthal (on-field reporter) Attendance 43,965 First pitch Willie Mays The 2007 Major League... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... In baseball parlance, an inside-the-park home run or leg home run is a play where a hitter scores a home run without hitting the ball out of play. ...


Ichiro is arguably considered today's best hitter for average, although Albert Pujols has now passed him in career batting average, as of late April 2008, Pujols at .332 and Suzuki at .331, after Ichiro hit only .252 (30-for-119) in April. He has both tremendous slap-hitting and fielding abilities. In 2001, Ichiro finished first in batting average and stolen bases, the first player to accomplish this feat since Jackie Robinson. He holds many Mariners club records, some of which include most multi-hit games, most infield singles, most stolen bases, and most games hit safely. Pujols redirects here. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2008 throughout the world. ... Jack Roosevelt Jackie Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) became the first African-American major league baseball player of the modern era in 1947. ...

Contents

Early life

At age seven, Ichiro joined his first baseball team and asked his father, Nobuyuki Suzuki (Suzuki Nobuyuki), to teach him to be a better player. The two began a daily routine which included throwing 50 pitches, hitting 200 pitches from Nobuyuki, fielding 50 infield balls and 50 outfield balls, and hitting 250–300 pitches from a machine.

Ichiro Suzuki, all-time single-season hits leader in Major League Baseball.
Ichiro Suzuki, all-time single-season hits leader in Major League Baseball.

As a Little Leaguer, Ichiro had the word "concentration" (集中 shūchū?) written on his glove. By age 12, he had set professional baseball as his goal and, while he apparently shared his father's vision, he did not enjoy their training sessions. Nobuyuki claimed, "Baseball was fun for both of us," but Ichiro later said, "It might have been fun for him, but for me it was a lot like Star of the Giants," a popular Japanese manga and anime series that told of a young boy's difficult road to success as a professional baseball player, with rigorous training demanded by the father. According to Ichiro, "It bordered on hazing and I suffered a lot." Ichiro Suzuki, 2002, by Rick Dikeman File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Ichiro Suzuki, 2002, by Rick Dikeman File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits (later revised to 4,189) by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... Star of the Giants (Japanese: 巨人の星) is the first sports anime series televised in Japan in 1968. ... This article is about the comics created in Japan. ... Animé redirects here. ...


When Ichiro joined his high school baseball team, his father told the coach, "No matter how good Ichiro is, don't ever praise him. We have to make him spiritually strong."[citation needed] When he was ready to enter high school, Ichiro was selected by a school with a prestigious baseball program, Nagoya's Aikodai Meiden Kōkō, where, unlike as a professional, Ichiro was primarily a pitcher instead of an outfielder, owing to his exceptionally strong arm. While in high school, his cumulative batting average was .505, and his cumulative home run total was 19. Among the strength drills he performed in training there were hurling car tires and hitting wiffle balls with a heavy shovel. These exercises helped develop his wrists and hips, adding power and endurance to his thin frame. Yet, despite the production of outstanding numbers in high school, Ichiro was not drafted until the fourth and final round of the professional draft in November 1991, because many teams were put off by his small size of 5' 9" and 124 pounds. [1] Nagoya ) is the fourth largest city in Japan. ... Wiffleball is a sport generally enjoyed by children and families. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ...


Career in Japan

Career Hits & Avg in Japan
Season Hits Avg
1992 24 .253
1993 12 .188
1994 210 .385
1995 179 .342
1996 193 .356
1997 185 .345
1998 181 .358
1999 141 .343
2000 153 .387
Total 1278 .353


Ichiro made his Pacific League debut in 1992 at the age of 18, but he spent most of his first two seasons in the farm system because of his manager's refusal to accept Ichiro's unorthodox swing. The swing, nicknamed 'pendulum' because of the pendulum-like motion of his leg, shifting the weight forward as he swung the bat, was considered to go against conventional hitting theory. Even though he hit a home run off Hideo Nomo, who later won the rookie of the year award in the majors leagues as a Dodger, Ichiro was sent back to the farm system on that very day. In 1994, he benefited from the arrival of a new manager who played him every day in the second spot of the lineup. He was eventually moved to the leadoff spot for the Blue Wave, where his immediate productivity dissolved any misgivings about his uncoventional swing. He set a Japanese single-season record with 210 hits in 130 games for a then-Pacific League record .385 batting average and won the first of a record seven consecutive batting titles. He also hit 13 home runs and had 29 stolen bases, helping him to earn his first of three straight Pacific League MVP (Most Valuable Player) awards. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1992 throughout the world. ... The farm system is a slang term used in baseball to refer to the systematic control or ownership of minor league baseball clubs by major league teams, who move players from the lowest to the highest classification as they gain experience and enjoy success at each level. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1913) Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899... The following are the events of the year 1994 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Homerun redirects here. ... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1988. ...


It was during the 1994 season that he began to use his given name, "Ichiro" instead of his family name, "Suzuki" on the back of his uniform. Suzuki is the second most common family name in Japan, and his manager introduced the idea as a publicity stunt to help create a new image for what had been a relatively weak team, as well as a way to distinguish their rising star. Initially, Ichiro disliked the practice and was embarrassed by it; "Ichiro" was a household name by the end of the season and he was flooded with endorsement offers. Last name redirects here. ...


In 1995 Ichiro led the Blue Wave to their first Pacific League pennant in 12 years. In addition to his second batting title, he led the league with 80 RBI (runs batted in), hit 25 home runs, and stole 49 bases. By this time, the Japanese press had begun calling him the "Human Batting Machine." The following year, with Ichiro winning his third straight MVP award, the team defeated the Central League champion, Yomiuri Giants, in the Japan Series. Following the 1996 season, playing in an exhibition series against a visiting team of Major League All-Stars kindled Ichiro's desire to travel to the United States to play in the Major Leagues. The following are the baseball events of the year 1995 throughout the world. ... The Yomiuri Giants ) are one of the popular Central League baseball teams based at the Tokyo Dome in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1996 throughout the world. ...


In 2000, Ichiro was still a year away from being eligible for free agency, but the Blue Wave were no longer among Japan's best teams. They would probably not be able to afford to keep him and would lose him without compensation in another year, and allowed him to negotiate with Major League clubs. Ichiro used the posting system, and the Seattle Mariners won the right to negotiate with him with a bid of around $13 million.[2] Ichiro signed a three-year, $14 million contract with the Mariners and became the first Japanese position player in the Major Leagues. The posting system is a transfer system for baseball players moving from a Japanese baseball team to a Major League Baseball team. ...


In his nine seasons in Japan, Ichiro had 1,278 hits, a .353 career batting average, and in addition to his hitting achievements, won seven Gold Glove Awards. Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each...


In January 2006, Ichiro played himself in Furuhata Ninzaburō, a Japanese Columbo-like TV drama that he loves. In the drama, he kills a person and is arrested. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Columbo is an American crime fiction TV series, starring Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. ...


Career in Major League Baseball

Career Hits & Avg in MLB
Statistics as of June 6, 2008
Season Hits Avg
2001 242 .350
2002 208 .321
2003 212 .312
2004 262* .372
2005 206 .303
2006 224 .322
2007 238 .351
2008 73 .287
Total 1,664 .331
*MLB Single-Season Record
Ichiro rounding the bases during a game against the Los Angeles Angels, 22 Sep 2007
Ichiro rounding the bases during a game against the Los Angeles Angels, 22 Sep 2007

On November 9, 2000, Ichiro was acquired by the Seattle Mariners for a contract worth roughly $14 million. Ichiro's move to the United States was viewed with great interest because he was the first Japanese position player to play regularly for a Major League Baseball team. Up to that point, only pitchers from Japan had been playing in the United States and, in the same way that many Japanese teams had considered the 18-year-old Ichiro too small to draft in 1992, many in the US believed he was too frail to succeed against Major League pitching or endure the longer 162-game season. Ichiro made an auspicious debut his first week in the MLB, and revealed his tremendous throwing arm, by gunning down at third base the Oakland Athletics' Terrence Long, who had tried to advance from first to third after a teammate's base hit to right field. That play would be later remembered as "The Throw".[3] Ichiro wears the number 51 which he was issued by the Mariners as he had no preference for a number when he joined the club. He was initially hesitant when he was issued the number. To avoid insulting its former owner, Randy Johnson, Ichiro forwarded a personal message to the Big Unit promising not to “bring shame” to the uniform. Not only did he prove he belonged, Ichiro had a remarkable 2001 season, accumulating 242 hits (the most by any player since 1930 as well as a rookie record) and leading the league with a .350 batting average and 56 stolen bases. The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2008 throughout the world. ... is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A baseball pitcher delivers the ball to home plate In baseball, pitching is the act of throwing the baseball from the pitchers mound toward the catcher with the goal of retiring a batter who attempts to make contact with it, or draw a walk. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Other nicknames The As, The White Elephants, The... A Terrence Long autographed baseball card. ... For other people named Randy Johnson, see Randy Johnson (disambiguation) Randall David Johnson (born September 10, 1963), nicknamed the Big Unit, is a southpaw American starting pitcher who currently plays for Major League Baseballs Arizona Diamondbacks. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1930 throughout the world. ...


By mid-season, he had produced hitting streaks of 15 and 23 games, been on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and created a media storm on both sides of the Pacific. 2001 was also an exceptionally successful regular season for the Seattle Mariners as a team, as they matched the 1906 Chicago Cubs' Major League record of 116 wins.[4] In Seattle, ticket sales (and wins) were higher than ever, fans from Japan were taking $2,000 baseball tours to see the games, more than 150 Japanese reporters and photographers were clamoring for access, and "Ichirolls" were being sold at sushi stands in the ballpark. Flight agencies also benefited from Ichiro, as many Ichiro fans were flying in and out of the country just to see him play.[5] The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... // AL Chicago White Sox (4) vs NL Chicago Cubs (2) 1906 Chicago Cubs season at Baseball Reference 1906 MLB season by team Categories: | | ...


Aided by Major League Baseball's decision to allow All-Star voting in Japan, Ichiro was the first rookie to lead all players in voting for the All-Star Game. At season's end, he won the American League Most Valuable Player and the Rookie of the Year awards, becoming only the second player in MLB history (after Fred Lynn) to receive both honors in the same season. The 2001 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 72nd playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ... Frederic Michael Fred Lynn (born February 3, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Boston Red Sox (1974-80), California Angels (1981-84), Baltimore Orioles (1985-88), Detroit Tigers (1988-89) and San Diego Padres (1990). ...


In addition to being a seven-time Gold Glove winner, Ichiro is also a seven-time All-Star selection from 2001 to 2007. His success has opened the door for other Japanese players like former Yomiuri Giants slugger Hideki Matsui and former Seibu Lions infielder Kazuo Matsui to enter the Major Leagues. During one 56-game stretch in 2004, Ichiro batted over .450. By comparison, Joe DiMaggio batted .408 during his record-setting 56-game hitting streak. Ichiro batted over .400 against lefties in 2004. The Yomiuri Giants ) are one of the popular Central League baseball teams based at the Tokyo Dome in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan. ... In baseball, slugger is a popular term for a powerful batter with a high percentage of extra base hits, though they may not have a high batting average. ... Hideki Godzilla Matsui , born June 12, 1974) is a Japanese Major League Baseball left fielder who plays for the New York Yankees. ... The Seibu Lions ) are a professional baseball team in Japans Pacific League. ... An infielder is a baseball player who plays on the infield, the dirt portion of a baseball diamond between first base and third base. ... Kazuo Kaz Matsui (松井 稼頭央 Matsui Kazuo, born October 23, 1975 in Osaka, Japan) is an infielder and switch hitter in Major League Baseball and plays for the Colorado Rockies. ...


Ichiro is noted for his work ethic in arriving early for his team's games, and for his calisthenic stretching exercises to stay limber even during the middle of the game. Continuing the custom he began in Japan, he uses his given name on the back of his uniform instead of his family name, becoming the first player in Major League Baseball to do so since Vida Blue. Female internees practicing calisthenics in Manzanar. ... Yamada Tarō (), a typical Japanese name (male), equivalent to John Smith in English. ... Vida Rochelle Blue Jr. ...


Ichiro's career is followed closely in Japan, with national television news programs covering each of his at bats, and with special tour packages arranged for Japanese fans to visit the United States to view his games. Between 2001 and 2004, Ichiro amassed more hits (922) than anyone in history over any four-year period. Bill Terry held the old record of 918. He would later surpass his own mark by putting up 930 hits from 2004-2007. [6]


Ichiro resides with his wife Yumiko in nearby Medina, an affluent suburb across Lake Washington from Seattle (same neighborhood as Bill Gates). He is in the process of building a new home there. Medina is a city located in King County, Washington, on the eastern shore of Lake Washington opposite Seattle. ... For other uses, see Lake Washington (disambiguation). ... For other persons named Bill Gates, see Bill Gates (disambiguation). ...


Record-setting 2004 season

Ichiro set a number of Major League records during the 2004 season:

  • August 26: With a double off Kansas City Royals reliever Jeremy Affeldt, Ichiro became the first player in Major League history to reach 200 hits in each of his first four seasons.
  • August 28: He became the first player in MLB history to have three 50-hit months in a single season.[citation needed]
  • August 31: Ichiro finished August with 56 hits, the most since Jeff Heath's 58 in August 1938. [7] He also batted .463 and was named American League Player of the Month for the first time in his career.
  • September 17: He broke the modern major-league record with his 199th single of the season in the seventh. Ichiro bettered the modern (post-1900) record of 198 set by Lloyd Waner of Pittsburgh in 1927.
  • September 21: He broke the all-time major league record with his 207th single of the season. The record-breaking single came in the eighth inning and was Ichiro's fifth of the day. The record of 206 had been held by Wee Willie Keeler of the 1898 Baltimore Orioles.
  • September 22: He broke Harry Heilmann's 1925 record with his 135th hit on the road. It was also arguably Ichiro's hottest streak of the season, as he collected nine hits over two games, 11 hits over three games (both personal season highs), and 13 hits over a four-game span (tying his personal season high).[citation needed]
  • October 1: Ichiro collected his 258th and 259th hits, breaking the record set by George Sisler with the St. Louis Browns in 1920. His 257th hit also set the Major League record for most hits over any four-year span, with 919.
  • October 3: Ichiro completed the 2004 season with 262 hits, 225 singles, and an MLB-leading .372 batting average. He also finished with 145 hits on the road to break Heilmann's 79-year-old record of 134. He led the majors with 57 infield hits.[8] Ichiro's 704 at bats fell one short of Willie Wilson's record of 705 (later broken by Jimmy Rollins in 2007 with 716).

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2005 season

Ichiro connecting for his 5th home run of the 2005 season
Ichiro connecting for his 5th home run of the 2005 season
  • September 30: In 2005, Suzuki collected over 200 hits for the 5th straight season after going 4 for 5 against the Oakland A's. He became the first player ever to collect 200 hits per season over his first five years in the Major Leagues and just the sixth to do so five consecutive times at any point in his career joining Willie Keeler, Wade Boggs, Chuck Klein, Al Simmons, and Charlie Gehringer. He also hit an MLB career-high 15 home runs.

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Inaugural World Baseball Classic

Ichiro played for the Japan national baseball team in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in March of 2006. During the March 15 Japan-Korea game Ichiro was booed by a few spectators during every at-bat, reportedly in response to a previous statement that he wanted "to beat South Korea so badly, that the South Koreans won't want to play Japan for another 30 years."[9] That, however, was an incorrect translation mostly spread to the public through ESPN. Ichiro was variously quoted as saying "I want to win in a way that the opponent would think, 'we cannot catch up with Japan for the coming 30 years.'" as well as "I want to beat the teams in the Asia Round so badly they'll never think of beating Japan for the coming 30 years. The fans can expect a lot from us." However, Korea beat Japan twice out of three times. Japan would later beat Korea in the playoffs and win the tournament after defeating Cuba in the finals, 10-6.[10] Ichiro was one of only two Major League Baseball players on Team Japan, the other being reliever Akinori Otsuka. Throughout the course of the tournament, Ichiro provided twelve hits, seven runs, four stolen bases, and one home run. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The 2006 World Baseball Classic was the inaugural tournament between national baseball teams that included players from Major League Baseball. ... Akinori Otsuka , born January 13, 1972, in Chiba, Japan), is a Japanese baseball player. ...


2006 season

Ichiro Suzuki at World Baseball Classic, March 2006
Ichiro Suzuki at World Baseball Classic, March 2006

In 2006 Ichiro continued his all-star play. After a slow start, which included hitting near the Mendoza Line (a .200 batting average) during the month of April, he rebounded and finished the season hitting .322 (6th in the AL and 11th in the Majors), accumulating 224 hits (leading the Majors), 41 infield hits (leading the majors), 110 runs, and 45 stolen bases (3rd in the AL and 7th in the Majors). Ichiro stole the second most bases of his career (56 in 2001). Ichiro was voted onto the 2006 American League All-Star team by the fans. He started in the outfield for the AL in Pittsburgh, but went 0-3. It was Ichiro's sixth All-Star selection in his six years in the major leagues, and his fifth start (only in 2005 did he not start). On September 16, Ichiro set records in the MLB for hits and stolen bases in a 7-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Ichiro stole his AL-Single-Season record 33rd consecutive base. He also had two singles in the game in his first two at bats against Mark Redman. These singles helped him extend his own record of most consecutive 200-hit seasons to begin a career to six. He broke Wade Boggs' record of most hits in a six-year period in MLB.[11] Ichiro also won his sixth straight American League Gold Glove Award, claiming the honor each year since he entered MLB. The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... For other uses, see The Mendoza Line (band). ... is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Mark Allen Redman (born January 5, 1974 in Duluth, Georgia) is a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher, currently playing in the Texas Rangers farm system. ... Wade Anthony Boggs (born June 15, 1958 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball, primarily with the Boston Red Sox. ...


2007 season

On June 1, 2007, Ichiro hit in his 25th consecutive game, breaking the previous team record set by Joey Cora in 1997. Breaking Tim Raines' 1995 record of 40 consecutive steals, Ichiro stole his 41st consecutive base on May 3. He went on to set a new American League record of 45 consecutive stolen bases without being caught stealing. Because of another excellent start to begin the season, Ichiro was rewarded with another All-Star start by baseball fans. is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Jose Manuel Cora Amaro (born May 14, 1965 in Caguas, Puerto Rico) was a baseball player with an 11 year career in the MLB spanning the years 1987 and 1989-1998. ... The following are the events of the year 1997 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Timothy Raines (born September 16, 1959 in Sanford, Florida), nicknamed Rock, is a former American left fielder in Major League Baseball known for his speed and ability to get on base. ... is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


On July 10, 2007, he became the first player to hit an inside-the-park home run in an MLB All-Star Game after an unpredictable hop off the right field wall of AT&T Park in San Francisco. It was also his first inside-the-park home run in his professional career.[12] Ichiro was a perfect 3-for-3 in the game and was named the most valuable player in the American League's 5-4 victory. is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... In baseball parlance, an inside-the-park home run or leg home run is a play where a hitter scores a home run without hitting the ball out of play. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. ... AT&T Park (also called China Basin) is an open-air baseball park, home to the San Francisco Giants of the Major League Baseball. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game MVP Award is given to the most outstanding player in each years Major League Baseball All-Star Game. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ...


On July 13, Ichiro signed a contract extension with the Seattle Mariners for an additional five years, a contract lasting until 2012.[13] The deal is reported to be worth $90 million, consisting of a $17 million annual salary and $5 million signing bonus, although part of Ichiro's annual salary will be deferred with interest.[14] The Associated Press reported the contract extension Ichiro signed will defer $25 million of the $90 million and the team will not have to fully pay him until at least 2032. The deal will pay Ichiro $12 million salary each year and will defer $5.5 million per season at 5.5 percent. The deferred money will be paid to Ichiro in annual installments, every January 30, beginning the year after he retires. Because of the deferred money, Ichiro's contract will be discounted to $16.1 million. Other provisions in Ichiro's contract include a $32,000 yearly housing allowance that will rise by $1,000 each year and four first-class round trip tickets to Japan each year for his family. He will also be provided with either a new Jeep or Mercedes SUV by the team, as well as a personal trainer and interpreter. On July 29, against the Oakland A's, Ichiro collected his 1,500th major league hit. He is the third fastest to reach this milestone behind Al Simmons and George Sisler. is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2012 (MMXII) will be a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Aloysius Harry Simmons (May 22, 1902 - May 26, 1956), born Aloysius Szymański in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was an American player in Major League Baseball over three decades. ... George Sisler Michael Allen Sisler (March 24, 1893 - March 26, 1973), nicknamed Gorgeous George, was an American star in Major League Baseball, and one of the greatest fielding first basemen of all time. ...


On September 3, Ichiro hit a home run against New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens to reach 200 hits for the season for the seventh consecutive year. Suzuki is only the third player to do so, following Wee Willie Keeler (1894-1901) and Wade Boggs (1983-1989), and the first to do so starting in their rookie season. He is one of only eight players in Major League history to collect 200 hits in seven seasons. He also became only the fifth player in Major League history to collect 215 hits in four seasons (and the first to do so since 1937). In 2007, he again led the majors in infield hits, this time with 44. is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962, in Dayton, Ohio), is a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, and is one of the preeminent pitchers in Major League history. ... Willie Keeler on a 1909-1911 American Tobacco Company baseball card (White Borders (T206)). William Henry Keeler (March 3, 1872 - January 1, 1923), nicknamed Wee Willie, was a right fielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1892 to 1910, primarily for the Baltimore Orioles and Brooklyn Superbas in the... The following are the baseball events of the year 1894 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1901 throughout the world. ... Wade Anthony Boggs (born June 15, 1958 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball, primarily with the Boston Red Sox. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1983 throughout the world. ... 1989 in baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


2008 Season

Ichiro got off to a rather slow start in 2008, hitting only .259 in April (30 for 116). As of June 5th, 2008, he is now hitting .289 with 72 hits in 249 at-bats through Seattle's first 60 games, putting him on pace for 194 hits on the season. is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


If Ichiro gets 131 hits in the 2008 season, he will become the youngest player to have amassed 3,000 career hits (1,278 in Japan + 1,722 in the U.S.) in the highest professional league available to him.


If he accumulates 200 hits on the 2008 season, Ichiro will tie Wee Willie Keeler's record of 8 straight seasons with 200 or more base hits. Willie Keeler on a 1909-1911 American Tobacco Company baseball card (White Borders (T206)). William Henry Keeler (March 3, 1872 - January 1, 1923), nicknamed Wee Willie, was a right fielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1892 to 1910, primarily for the Baltimore Orioles and Brooklyn Superbas in the...


In a game against the San Diego Padres on May 18, 2008, Ichiro stole two bases, giving him a career total of 292, surpassing the previous team record of 290 set by Julio Cruz, who played second base from 1977 to 1983. Cruz, who now does Spanish-language broadcasts of Mariners games, was watching from the broadcast booth as Ichiro broke his record. is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Julio Cruz can refer to: Julio Cruz, Argentine footballer Julio Cruz, American baseball player This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1977 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1983 throughout the world. ...


Batting style

  • Ichiro is well-known for his prolific ability to collect infield hits. He has hit as many as 59 infield hits during the season of 2004, which tops all major league players.
  • In addition to his speed, another factor that helps Ichiro get so many infield hits is his batting style. When Ichiro was young he decided to bat left-handed (even though he is right-handed) just so he could be closer to first base. He also takes his first step towards first base during his swing, allowing him to get an extra step head start down the first base line
  • Ichiro's trademark batting stance is arguably one of the most recognizable in baseball (see his "pre-swing pose" picture at the top of this article). He points his right arm straight at the pitcher holding the bat standing straight up, and then tugs his right sleave with his free left hand. He repeats this routine prior to standing in to face every single pitch.
  • Although Ichiro boasts a career major league batting average of .331 (as of May 30, 2008), he usually gets off to a slow start during the first month of the season. His career average for April is a relatively low .294.
  • A writer for the New York Times considered the fact that Ichiro prefers hitting singles to drawing bases on balls, which increases the number of at-bats, and concluded that he is more likely to break DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak than to register a .400 batting average[15].

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Awards in Japan

  • 7-time Best Nine (1994-2000)
  • 7-time Gold Glove (1994-2000)
  • 3-time MVP (1994-1996)
  • 2-time MLA (1994-1995)

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Personal life

The Japanese name "Ichiro" is often written 一郎, meaning "first son". Ichiro's name, however, is written with a different character, 一朗, so that his name roughly means "brightest, most cheerful". He has an elder brother, Kazuyasu Suzuki, who is a fashion designer.


Ichiro married Yumiko Fukushima, a former TV announcer, on December 3, 1999 at a small church in Santa Monica, California. The couple have no children. They have a pet dog (Shiba Inu) named "Ikkyu". is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... For other uses, see Santa Monica (disambiguation). ... The Shiba Inu ) is the smallest of the six original and distinct breeds of dog from Japan. ...


Photo gallery

See also

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References

  1. ^ (Whiting, 2004, pp. 2–12.)
  2. ^ Isidore, Chris (2002-01-22). The latest Japanese import. CNN.
  3. ^ Kuehnert, Marty. "The legend of Ichiro and 'The Throw'", The Japan Times Online, 2001-04-18. Retrieved on 2007-07-11. 
  4. ^ Games Won by Teams records at Baseball Almanac
  5. ^ (Whiting, 2004, pp. 25-31)
  6. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichiro_Suzuki#Career_in_Major_League_Baseball
  7. ^ Ichiro earns American League Player of the Month; Santana repeats as top hurler. MLB.com (2004-09-02).
  8. ^ FanGraphs
  9. ^ D'Hippolito, Joseph (2006-03-16). Ichiro forced to eat words. CNN.
  10. ^ Street, Jim (2006-03-05). Korea upsets Japan in showdown. MLB.com.
  11. ^ Hickey, John (2006-07-26). Tough night at the yard. Seattle PI.
  12. ^ Stark, Jayson (2007-07-11). Ichiro takes roundtrip to All-Star history. ESPN.com. Retrieved on 2007-07-11.
  13. ^ Brown,Patrick (2007-07-13). Ichiro signs five-year deal with Mariners. MLB.com. Retrieved on 2007-07-13.
  14. ^ Associated Press (2007-07-13). Mariners sign Ichiro through 2012 season. ESPN.com. Retrieved on 2007-07-15.
  15. ^ "Why Suzuki's Magic Number Is Really 56, Not .406", New York Times, May 1, 2005. 

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Further reading

  • Allen, Jim. Ichiro Magic. New York: Kodansha America, 2001. ISBN 4770028717.
  • Christopher, Matt, and Glenn Stout. At the Plate With... Ichiro. New York: Little, Brown, 2003. ISBN 0316136794.
  • Dougherty, Terri. Ichiro Suzuki. ?: Checkerboard Books, 2003. ISBN 1591974836.
  • Johnson, Daniel (2006). Japanese Baseball: A Statistical Handbook. McFarland & Company. ISBN 0786428414. 
  • Komatsu, Narumi, and Philip Gabriel. Ichiro on Ichiro: Conversations with Narumi Komatsu. Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2004. ISBN 1570614318.
  • Leigh, David S. Ichiro Suzuki. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century Books, 2004. ISBN 0822517922.
  • Levin, Judith. Ichiro Suzuki. New York: Chelsea House Publications, 2007. ISBN 0791094405.
  • Rappoport, Ken. Super Sports Star Ichiro Suzuki. Berkeley Heights, N.J.: Enslow Elementary, 2004. ISBN 0766021378.
  • Rosenthal, Jim. Ichiro's Art of Playing Baseball: Learn How to Hit, Steal, and Field Like an All-Star. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2006. ISBN 0312358318.
  • Savage, Jeff. Ichiro Suzuki. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 2003. ISBN 0822513447.
  • Savage, Jeff. Ichiro Suzuki, revised ed. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 2007. ISBN 0822572664.
  • Shields, David. "Baseball Is Just Baseball": The Understated Ichiro: An Unauthorized Collection Compiled by David Shields. Seattle: TNI Books, 2001. ISBN 0967870313.
  • Stewart, Mark. Ichiro Suzuki: Best in the West. Minneapolis: Millbrook Press, 2002. ISBN 0761326162.
  • Whiting, Robert. The Meaning of Ichiro: The New Wave from Japan and the Transformation of Our National Pastime. Warner Books, 2004; retitled for the 2005 paperback to The Samurai Way of Baseball: The New Wave from Japan and the Transformation of Our National Pastime. ISBN 0446531928, ISBN 0446694037.

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