ichiro#51=3000Road to 3,000#51=3000 ICHIRO SUZUKI - Road to 3,000 -

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SEATTLE MARINERS
2001-2012
Apr. 2, 2001OAK

1/3000Never Forget

Recorded his first hit in Major League Baseball. "I will never forget the feelings I have tonight."

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May 8, 2001@BOS

50/3000Tornado

Hit a single off Japanese pitcher Hideo Nomo of the Boston Red Sox, known as “Tornado”.

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Aug. 28, 2001@TB

200/30001st 200 hits

First rookie to record 200 hits since Nomar Garciaparra (1997). "At the beginning of the season, I could not imagine that I marked 200 hits. I was able to become confident."

Sep. 29, 2001OAK

234/3000Standing Ovation

Marked 234th hit of the season and broke Shoeless Joe Jackson's major league rookie record. The fans at Safeco Field gave him a standing ovation. "(When the fans began standing ovation) I didn't know what to do at first."

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Apr. 11, 2001@OAK

Laser Beam

Threw out Terrence Long of the Oakland Athletics who tried to go first-to-third on a single to right field. This strong throw became known as the "Laser Beam".

Jul. 10, 2001 72th ALL STAR GAME

1st All-Star

Hit an infield single off of former Mariners star Randy Johnson, who wore number 51 for approximately ten years. "It was my honor to face Randy Jonson, rather than I hit a single from him."

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Apr. 1, 2002CWS

243/3000

Began his second MLB season、went 3-for-5 in an opening day against the White Sox.

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Sep. 22, 2002ANA

442/30002nd 200 hit

Reached the 200-hit plateau for the second consecutive season.

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Sep. 20, 2003@OAK

650/3000200 x 3

Became the third player to begin MLB career with 200 hits in 3rd straight season.

May 21, 2004DET

722/30001278 + 722 = 2000

Recorded the 2000th hit milestone in his professional career between NPB (1278) and MLB (722). Ichiro is the fastest player to reach his 2000th hit in NPB history.

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Aug. 26, 2004KC

862/3000200, 200, 200, 200

Homered for his 200th hit of the season, became the first player to reach 200 hits in each of his first four seasons.

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Sep. 24, 2004@TEX

911/3000Ty Cobb

Marked 249th hit of the season, passing Ty Cobb's record (248 hits in 1911).

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Oct. 1, 2004TEX

921/3000The Best Moment

Got 258th hit of the season, surpassing George Sisler's record of 257 base hits in a single season. "I think this is the best moment of my career.I hope that someday I will break this record."

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Jun. 14, 2005PHI

1000/30001000 hits in 696 games

Became the third player since 1900 to collect 1000 hits in less than 700 games. Chuck Klein reached the mark in 1933 after 683 games, and Lloyd Waner reached it in 1932 in 686 games.

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Sep. 30, 2005OAK

1124/3000200 again

Became the sixth major leaguer to achieve 5 consecutive 200-hit seasons.

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Jun. 7, 2006DET

1222/3000

Became only Japanese baseball player to collect 2500 hits (MLB and Japanese NPB combined).

Sep. 3, 2007@NYY

1554/3000200th hit from 'The Rocket'

Homered off Roger Clemens of the New York Yankees to reach 200 hits for the seventh consecutive season.

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Jul. 10, 2007 78th ALL STAR GAME

MVP

Hit first inside-the-park home run in All-Star game history and named MVP. "I'll never forget about tonight, it was fun." During the press conference, Ichiro was asked "If you focus on hitting only homeruns, how many can you hit?" He said "If I'm allowed to bat only .220, probably 40. but nobody wants that."

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Jul. 3, 2008DET

1700/3000

Recorded 1700th hit in MLB career and 1500th run of his professional career.

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Jul. 29, 2008@TEX

1722/30003000

Hit to shallow left field, marked 3000th hit of his professional career (1278 hits in NPB).

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Sep. 17, 2008@KC

1792/3000Meeting History

Tied Willie Keeler's major league record of eight straight 200-hit seasons (1894-1901).

Jul. 28, 2009TOR

1953/30001st Walk-Off

First walk-off hit in MLB.

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Sep. 13, 2009@TEX

2005/3000Untouchable Record

200 hits in 9th straight season. "I feel liberated." The most important thing to achieve the record is "the passion for baseball".

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Mar. 23, 2009 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC

WBC

Hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the 10th and team Japan beat South Korea to win their 2nd World Baseball Classic title.

Photo:Hiroo Endō

Sep. 18, 2010TEX

2222/30003500

Marked 3500 hits for his professional career (1278 hits in NPB).

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Sep. 23, 2010@TOR

2230/3000Breaking Own Record

200 hits in 10 consecutive seasons、 breaking own record and congratulated by teammate. "When I looked to the dugout, my teammates were smiling. That's the moment when I finally realize I could express my feelings in a positive way."

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Apr. 2, 2011@OAK

2248/3000Franchise Record

Broke Edgar Martinez's franchise record for career hits (2247).

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Apr. 9, 2012@TEX

2437/3000Darvish

Had three hits against Yu Darvish. It was Darvish's first game in MLB.

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NEW YORK YANKEES
2012-2014
Jul. 23, 2012@SEA

Good-Bye Seattle

Traded to the New York Yankees. “I want to thank all the fans in Seattle. It was very hard decision to make.” Before the game against his former team the Mariners, he received a standing ovation from the fans at Safeco Field.

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Jul. 30, 2012BAL

2541/3000100th Home Run

Hit 100th home run of MLB career. It was also his first home run in pinstripes.

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Oct. 8, 2012 ALDS Game 2 against the Baltimore Orioles

NINJA

Dived to touch home plate and score past the tag attempt by catcher Matt Wieters, known as "Ninja Sliding".

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Apr. 25, 2013TOR

2622/30003900

Marked 3900 hits for his professional career (1278 hits in NPB).

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Jun. 4, 2013CLE

2654/3000TED WILLIAMS

Tied Ted Williams on MLB's all-time hits list with 2654.

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Aug. 20, 2013TOR

2721/30002721 & 3999

Tied Lou Gehrig on MLB's all-time hits list (2721). It was also his 3999th career professional hit.

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Aug. 21, 2013TOR

2722/30004000

Congratulated by teammates after marking 4000 professional career hits. "It was very special moment."

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Jun. 19, 2014TOR

2782/3000Junior

Marked 2782 hits, passing Ken Griffey Jr. on MLB's all-time hits list.

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Sep. 27, 2014@BOS

2844/3000100+ for 21 years

100+ hits for 21 consecutive years (including time in Japan). After the last game of the season, hugged Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, who had played the last game of his career

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MIAMI MARLINS
2015 -
Jan. 29, 2015

To Miami

Signed with the Miami Marlins and held a press conference in Tokyo, Japan. "When I met the the Marlins' executives, I felt enthusiasm. I really wanted to respond to their feelings".

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Apr. 25, 2015WSH

2856/3000Passing the Legend

Scored the 1968th run in his professional career, breaking Sadaharu Oh's Japanese record.

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May 22, 2015BAL

2874/3000Babe Ruth

Marked 2874 hits, passing Babe Ruth on MLB's all-time hits list. "Babe Ruth was a home run hitter. So it is really hard to compare with my record."

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  • Barry Bonds

    1986-2007

    2935hits
  • Babe Ruth

    1914-1935

    2873hits
  • Ken Griffey, Jr.

    1989-2010

    2781hits
  • Roberto Alomar

    1988-2004

    2724hits
  • Lou Gehrig

    1923-1939

    2721hits
  • Bernie Williams

    1991-2006

    2711hits
  • Joe DiMaggio

    1936-1951

    2214hits

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Oct. 4, 2015@PHI

I was shocked

Made first MLB pitching appearance. The Fastest ball was 88 mph. "I was shocked that my fastball didn't reach 90 mph."

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Apr. 29, 2016@MIL

500

38th player in MLB history to mark 500th stolen bases.

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Jun. 15, 2016@SD

2979/30004257

Raised hits total in the Japanese NPB and MLB to 4257, passing Pete Rose's MLB record. “It would be completely different if Pete Rose was happy about this, but since I have heard that is not the case, that is why I also do not hold much interest in it. I hope a player emerges in the United States who will break Pete Rose's record.”

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Batting Stats

Year Team G AB H HR SB AVG
2001 SEA 157 692 242 8 56 .350
2002 SEA 157 647 208 8 31 .321
2003 SEA 159 679 212 13 34 .312
2004 SEA 161 704 262 8 36 .372
2005 SEA 162 679 206 15 33 .303
2006 SEA 161 695 224 9 45 .322
2007 SEA 161 678 238 6 37 .351
2008 SEA 162 686 213 6 43 .310
2009 SEA 146 639 225 11 26 .352
2010 SEA 162 680 214 6 42 .315
2011 SEA 161 677 184 5 40 272
2012 SEA
NYY
162 629 178 9 29 .283
2013 NYY 150 520 136 7 20 .262
2014 MIA 143 359 102 1 15 .284
2015 MIA 153 398 91 1 11 .229

source:MLB.com

Aug. 7, 2016@COL

3000/3000

Became the 30th player to reach 3000 hits in Major League Baseball History.

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Aug. 7, 2016

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