New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki joined rare company today with hit No. 4000, a single off of Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey.
The first nine years of his pro career were spent in Japan with the Orix Blue Wave where he collected 1278 hits. He continued his hitting ways with the Seattle Mariners notching 10 straight seasons of 200+ hits (pretty phenomenal in case you were wondering).Ichiro joins Ty Cobb (4191) and Pete Rose (4256) as the only players to break the 4000 hit barrier, but if you ask him he will tell you that he doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same company as those two legendary hitters."It is a record that is adding two leagues into one; those guys did it in one league," Ichiro said. "I don't think you have to put me in that same category as them."
Understandable, but to put his accomplishment into perspective there would not be many other player that would make the 4000 hit club if hits other than ones in The Show ...