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Ichiro Suzuki
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Suzuki with the Seattle Mariners in 2018
Right fielder
Born: 22 October 1973 (1973-10-22) (age 47)
Kasugai, Japan
Batted: Left Threw: Right
Professional debut
NPB: 11 July, 1992, for the Orix BlueWave
MLB: 2 April, 2001, for the Seattle Mariners
Last appearance
NPB: 13 October, 2000, for the Orix BlueWave
MLB: 21 March, 2019, for the Seattle Mariners
NPB statistics
Batting average .353
Hits 1,278
Home runs 118
Runs batted in 529
Stolen bases 199
MLB statistics
Batting average .311
Hits 3,089
Home runs 117
Runs batted in 780
Stolen bases 509
Career highlights and awards
  • 7× All-Star (1994–2000)
  • Japan Series champion (1996)
  • 3× Pacific League MVP (1994–1996)
  • 7× Golden Glove Award (1994–2000)
  • 7× Best Nine Award (1994–2000)
  • 2× Matsutaro Shoriki Award (1994, 1995)
  • 7× Pacific League batting champion (1994–2000)
  • Pacific League RBI leader (1995)
  • Pacific League stolen base leader (1995)


Ichiro Suzuki (鈴木 一朗 Suzuki Ichirō, born 22 October 1973), also known mononymously as Ichiro (イチロー Ichirō), is a Japanese former professional baseball outfielder who played 28 seasons combined in top-level professional leagues. He spent the bulk of his career with two teams: nine seasons with the Orix BlueWave of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in Japan, where he began his career, and 14 with the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States. After playing the first 12 years of his MLB career for the Mariners, Suzuki played two and a half seasons with the New York Yankees before signing with the Miami Marlins. He played three seasons with the Marlins before returning to the Mariners in 2018.

Suzuki established a number of batting records, including MLB's single-season record for hits with 262. He achieved 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons, the longest streak by any player in history. Between his major league career in both Japan and the United States, Suzuki has the most hits by any player in top-tier professional leagues. He also has recorded the most hits of all Japanese-born players in MLB history.

In his combined playing time in the NPB and MLB, Suzuki received 17 consecutive selections both as an All-Star and Gold Glove winner, won nine league batting titles, and was named most valuable player (MVP) four times. In the NPB, he won seven consecutive batting titles and three consecutive Pacific League MVP Awards. In 2001, Suzuki became the first Japanese-born position player to be posted and signed to an MLB club. He led the American League (AL) in batting average and stolen bases en route to being named AL Rookie of the Year and AL MVP.

Suzuki was the first MLB player to enter the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame (The Golden Players Club). He was a ten-time MLB All-Star and won the 2007 All-Star Game MVP Award for a three-hit performance that included the event's first-ever inside-the-park home run. Suzuki won a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in each of his first 10 years in the majors and had an American League–record seven hitting streaks of 20 or more games, with a high of 27. He is also noted for his longevity, continuing to produce at a high level with batting, slugging, and on-base percentages above .300 in 2016, while approaching 43 years of age. In 2016, Suzuki notched the 3,000th hit of his MLB career, against Chris Rusin of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, becoming only the 30th player ever to do so. In total, he finished with 4,367 hits in his professional career across Japan and the United States.

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