The Ichiro Report

by Bill Chuck on August 23, 2013

In the Yankees 5-3 win over the Blue Jays yesterday, Ichiro Suzuki doubled off third base for his 4,001st hit between the majors and Japan.

There was great coverage of Ichiro’s 4000th hit and it just feels like we shouldn’t let the story die so quickly.

Nine to Know

  1. Ichiro and Pete Rose each have had 10 200-hit seasons, the most of any player.
  2. Ichiro had five seasons of 220+ hit seasons, the most of any player. Rogers Hornsby is next with four.
  3. Since 2001, there have been eight players with 2000+ hits. Albert Pujols is second on the list with 2347 with 341 more hits than Alfonso Soriano who is eighth on the list. Ichiro, first on the list, is 376 hits ahead of Pujols.
  4. Ichiro never played more than 135 games in a Japanese season.
  5. The Japan Times shared: In 2004, Ichiro broke the MLB single-season record with 262 hits, which at the time made him the holder of the single-season mark in both Japan and the U.S. — his NPB record of 210, set in 1994, was surpassed by the Hanshin Tigers’ Matt Murton, who finished with 214 in 2010.
  6. According to Brian Hoch of MLB.com, if you included minor league hits, only three additional players, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial and Jigger Statz, would have 4000 hits like Pete Rose, Ty Cobb and Ichiro.
  7. Ichiro’s 4,000th hit was his first off Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey. Dickey joins the not so exclusive club of 756 pitchers who have allowed hits to Ichiro.
  8. Ichiro has had 388 hits on the first pitch of an bat, 164 on 0-2 count, and four on 3-0 count.
  9. At 2533, Ichiro has the most hits in Mariners history. Edgar Martinez is next with 2247. Ichiro has 190 career hits with the Yankees, two more than Gary Ward and Russell Martin, one more than Jim Spencer, and two less than Luis Sojo.

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