Welcome to Miami, Ichiro!
What a coincidence….Ichiro and me….
I was born and raised where Ichiro from Kasugai, then moved to Kobe. I saw him around some places such as BBQ restaurant in Kobe, but of course, never had chance to talk to him. We both experienced the Great Kobe Earthquake in 1995 and survived.
In 2001, I moved to Miami, FL and he joined the Seattle Mariners after playing in Kobe for 9 years. We have been living in the USA since.
Now, he is coming to Miami!!!! Welcome to Miami, Ichiro!
After 14 seasons beguiling American League pitchers, Ichiro Suzuki will take aim at 3,000 major league hits as a member of the Miami Marlins.
The 41-year-old outfielder has agreed to a one-year contract with the Marlins, according to multiple reports, giving Miami a veteran left-handed bat and Suzuki the chance to eclipse a significant milestone.
Suzuki joins a Marlins team that has playoff aspirations and affords him the chance to occasionally bat in front of Giancarlo Stanton, the game’s premier power hitter.
His move to the Marlins comes in the twilight of a career that included nine dominant years in Japan’s top league before winning the AL MVP and Rookie of the Year awards with the Seattle Mariners in 2001.
Suzuki’s agreement with the Marlins was first reported by Sirius XM Radio. Fox Sports reported that the deal is worth around $2 milllion.
That 244-hit season began a run of 10 consecutive All-Star selections in Seattle. Traded to the New York Yankees in 2012, he’s pushed his major league hit total to 2,844; combined with his Japan League production, Suzuki has 4,122 professional hits.
In 359 at-bats with the Yankees in 2014, Suzuki batted .284 with a .324 on-base percentage. Just 16 of his 102 hits were for extra bases.