Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/20/12
24K per bat…NICE! The final player to report to the Seattle Mariners Peoria sports complex training grounds this spring was none other than Ichiro Suzuki.  Ichiro, who transitioned from the Japanese to American League in 2001 has a trail of stats and awards that have been the envy of every major league team for the past decade. Ichiro has been one of the only reasons that Mariners fans could stick with their team over some of the worst years in the team history. However in 2011, the belief of Ichiro as the sure thing flew out the window as the most consistent player in history of the Major Leagues and future hall of famer had a slump that lasted three quarters of the season. While some fans continue to believe that the 38 year old superstar will have a bounce back year, the one year dip in his dominate numbers have left some with a bad taste in their mouths. What many fans fail to recognize is that Ichiro’s worst year was better than many players’ best years. As he heads into the l...
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