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Reaching 4,000

Ichiro

New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki reached the 4,000 hit plateau for his career as a professional baseball player on August 21, becoming just the third player in baseball history to reach the milestone.

Ichiro began his professional career in 1992 at the age of 18 with the Nippon Professional Baseball League's Orix Blue Wave. Over the next nine seasons he would dominate Japan's top professional baseball league, winning three Most Valuable Player Awards and bwing named to seven All-Star teams and Gold Gloves.

After the 2000 season, Ichiro would make himself available to Major League Baseball through its international posting system. He left Orix with a total of 1,278 hits and headed to the Seattle Mariners, who secured his MLB rights with a $13 million posting bid.

Ichiro's impact on North America would be immediate, posting an MLB debut for the ages.

He led the Majors in 2001 at the age of 27 with 242 hits, 56 stolen bases and a .350 batting average. He would win both the American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Awards, becoming just the second player in MLB to win both awards in the same year.

Ichiro would enjoy an unprecedented run over the next 10 years in the Majors, posting 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons and earning an All-Star selection and Gold Glove Award in each.

A member of the Yankees since mid-2012, Ichiro now closes in on Pete Rose and Ty Cobb trying to become the third member of the 4,000 club.

Career Stats

YEAR AGE TEAM AB HITS HR RBI SB AVG
1992 18 ORIX BLUE WAVE 95 24 0 5 3 .253
1993 19 ORIX BLUE WAVE 64 12 1 3 0 .188
1994 20 ORIX BLUE WAVE 546 210 13 54 29 .385
1995 21 ORIX BLUE WAVE 524 179 25 80 49 .342
1996 22 ORIX BLUE WAVE 542 193 16 84 35 .356
1997 23 ORIX BLUE WAVE 536 185 17 91 39 .345
1998 24 ORIX BLUE WAVE 506 181 13 71 11 .358
1999 25 ORIX BLUE WAVE 411 141 21 68 12 .343
2000 26 ORIX BLUE WAVE 395 153 12 73 21 .387
2001 27 SEATTLE MARINERS 692 242 8 69 56 .350
2002 28 SEATTLE MARINERS 647 208 8 51 31 .321
2003 29 SEATTLE MARINERS 679 212 13 62 34 .312
2004 30 SEATTLE MARINERS 704 262 8 60 36 .372
2005 31 SEATTLE MARINERS 679 206 15 68 33 .303
2006 32 SEATTLE MARINERS 695 224 9 49 45 .322
2007 33 SEATTLE MARINERS 678 238 6 68 37 .351
2008 34 SEATTLE MARINERS 686 213 6 42 43 .310
2009 35 SEATTLE MARINERS 639 225 11 46 26 .352
2010 36 SEATTLE MARINERS 680 214 6 43 42 .315
2011 37 SEATTLE MARINERS 677 184 5 47 40 .272
2012 38 SEATTLE MARINERS 423 105 4 28 15 .261
    NEW YORK YANKEES 227 73 5 27 14 .322
2013 39 NEW YORK YANKEES 424 116 6 29 18 .274
TOTAL 9 NIPPON PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE 3,619 1,278 118 529 199 .353
  13 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 8,509 2,722 110 689 470 .320
  22 CAREER 12,128 4,000 228 1,218 669 .330




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