Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki wasn’t the first Japanese player to enter Major League Baseball, but when all is said and done, he will probably be the best. Ichiro already holds one MLB record, most hits in a season, which he set in 2004. Now, he’s got another record under his belt, as last night his single in the fifth inning versus the Toronto Blue Jays was his 200th hit of the season. That hit gave Ichiro a record-setting 10 straight seasons with over 200 hits.
This tenth season of 200 hits breaks Wee Willie Keeler’s record of 9 straight seasons with 200 hits, set between the years of 1894 and 1901, during baseball’s dead ball era. Ichiro has already made another All-Star appearance, and no doubt he’ll win a Golden Glove award for his outstanding fielding before the year is over. And he did it all without steroids-fueled moonshot home runs, brawling and fisticuffs, or flashy showing off, too. Just simple base hits, night after night.
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