Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 8/22/13
It was only a matter of time before Ichiro Suzuki would attain his 4,000th career hit, and he got it on Wednesday. Facing starter R.A. Dickey in the first inning, Ichiro lined a single past third baseman Brett Lawrie, drawing a standing ovation from the crowd and congratulatory hugs from his team-mates. Ichiro failed to reach base for the rest of the game, but the Yankees still pulled off a 4-2 win, their fourth consecutive victory. After the game, Ichiro spoke of unofficially passing Pete Rose’s all-time record of 4,256 hits, stating, “It’s not a goal that I have.” Even if he does not pass Rose, Ichiro can still be proud of his incredible accomplishments to date. He’s one of only three players to reach 4,000 professional hits (Rose and Ty Cobb are the other two), and his 2,722 hits in the majors are by far the most of any player since his debut in 2001. (Albert Pujols is a distant second with 2,347 hits.) Manager Joe Girardi put the amazing accomplishment in perspective, saying, “I didn’t
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