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His .284/.323/.338 Slash Line is not something to write home about, but he is a nice 3A Outfielder on a club that has seen its fair share of injuries.
Heading into the last 4 games of the year, the 10 time 200 hit man, has 99 hits on the year, thus giving him 2841 Hits in his MLB Lifetime.
After Derek Jeter retires this year. Ichiro will be 2nd in active total hits to Alex Rodriguez.
With just 159 base knocks to reach the 3K plateau, you have to think the man will reach that quest.
It may take him another 2 campaigns to accomplish if he is a part-time player, or perhaps a non-contending team could give him a starting position on their team.
If Suzuki can have 550 AB in a year, I am sure he would approach about 150 hits (goes for about a .273 BA).
All time Active Hits Leaders
|Rank||Player (yrs, age)||Hits||Bats|
|1.||Derek Jeter (20, 40)||3461||R|
|2.||Alex Rodriguez (20, 38)||2939||R|
|3.||Ichiro Suzuki (14, 40)||2841||L|
|4.||Adrian Beltre (17, 35)||2599||R|
|5.||Manny Ramirez (19, 42)||2574||R|
|6.||Albert Pujols (14, 34)||2517||R|
|7.||Bobby Abreu (18, 40)||2469||L|
|8.||Miguel Tejada (16, 40)||2407||R|
|9.||Paul Konerko (18, 38)||2340||R|
|10.||Torii Hunter (18, 38)||2324||R|
There are certain fringe playoff teams I think he could help right now. You can’t honestly tell me that Seattle, Kansas City, or even Oakland couldn’t benefit from this guy creating contact.
Heck, I would take Suzuki in the Atlanta Braves OF over B.J. Upton any day. Come to think about it, that is an ideal landing spot for him.
Ichiro can cover a lot of ground on defense, and he still helps in the speed department, having racked up 15 SB on 348 official AB this season.
Active Batting Average Leaders
|Rank||Player (yrs, age)||Batting Average||Bats|
|1.||Miguel Cabrera (12, 31)||.3201||R|
|2.||Joe Mauer (11, 31)||.3187||L|
|3.||Albert Pujols (14, 34)||.3173||R|
|Ichiro Suzuki (14, 40)||.3173||L|
|5.||Manny Ramirez (19, 42)||.3122||R|
|6.||Joey Votto (8, 30)||.3103||L|
|7.||Robinson Cano (10, 31)||.3100||L|
|8.||Derek Jeter (20, 40)||.3094||R|
|9.||Matt Holliday (11, 34)||.3078||R|
|10.||Ryan Braun (8, 30)||.3069||R|
More importantly than even the 3K hits, is that when you combine his NPBL Hits (1278) and his MLB Hits (2841) that equals 4119 total base cracks.
Suzuki is 72 base knocks away from Cobb – and is just 138 base hits away from Hit #4257.
Whether Ichiro plays full or part time during 2015, he has a great chance to pass Cobb, with needing in the 70 hits range or so.
National League teams may also have sign him to be a pinch hitter. Suzuki is striking out on a more frequent basis than ever, but he still doesn’t hurt you in that regard.
Albert Pujols is hanging out near the .317 clip like he is right now, but Suzuki has him in the BA race of 2014, (.284 – .273).
Depending on what lineup he fits in, I still believe Ichiro can be a decent #2 hitter on a lineup. His plate coverage is still good to advance runners, and he is quick enough to beat out Infield hits.
If you are watching Suzuki while he is playing, you may grow tired doing so. The man is constantly stretching, flexing and keeping his muscles lose.
With a need for his type of arsenal, he may be able to play another 2 – 3 years. Beyond next year, I think a National League Pinch hitter role would suit him beautifully.
I only hope that when Suzuki does hang up his cleats, that the fans all realize what a unique and talented player he was.
You also have to figure it would be worth the price of admission alone, to see the backlash coming out of Pete Rose’s camp, when he is asked about Suzuki breaking his professional hits record if he can do it.
Rose has been fond of discrediting Suzuki Japan numbers, citing that if they count those hits, than his Minor League base knocks should also be on the board still.
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