Found August 23, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Even before New York Yankees' outfielder Ichiro Suzuki reached on a single on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, discussions began about what that hit would do for the Japanese sensation's chances of enshrinement into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. The hit itself was nothing significant, but he did it in classic Ichiro fashion: a single (off Toronto's R.A. Dickey) in the first inning on a line drive into left field. However, the magnitude of the hit has far more significance. Significance of the hit That single was the 4000th career hit for Suzuki. Only two Major Leaguers -- or any players -- have ever amassed as many hits; Pete Rose collected 4,256, and Ty Cobb pounded out 4,191 (recently reduced by two). That would rank Suzuki third in all-time hits and bring up a new question of whether not nor he will pass Rose as the all-time leader. Two careers Then, a little reality sets in. Suzuki did not get all 4000 of those hits as a Major Leaguer. His first 1,278 came in the Nippan Major Leagues (NPB), the Japanese equivalent to MLB. Suzuki played his first nine years for the Orix Blue Wave in Japan. He hit .316 with 128 HR. Those are very good numbers, but his MLB totals are even better: 2,722 hits, a .320 average, and 110 HR in just under 13 years from 2001 through that 4000th hit. If we could combine NPB with MLB, then Ichiro Suzuki is a definite first-ballot Hall of Famer. However, we cannot do that, so we have to consider only his Major League totals for inclusion into the Hall of Fame. In this case, though, he is still a Hall of Famer. Hall of Fame credentials Consider the following. First, Suzuki is 278 hits away from the coveted 3,000 mark (as of August 21). Three thousand hits 99.9% guarantees a player's induction (less Rose). If he continues his current 2013 pace, he will end the year with 157 hits and will need 237 more to reach 3,000. This means he must average only 118.5 for two more years, which he will likely play. He has another year on his Yankees contract, and he is still productive. He is still capable of approaching 200 hits in a season even at age 42 (by the end of 2015), so he is candidate for 3,000 hits by the 2015 All-Star break. He will have accomplished the feat in 15 years, just barely less than time that it took Rose to do the same. Comparatively, sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer Derek Jeter got his 3,000th hit in his 17th season in 2011. Most surprisingly, Ichiro Suzuki has been the most durable player in the Major Leagues. Since he began his MLB career with the Seattle Mariners in 2001, Suzuki has avoided injury to the tune of playing at least 157 games every year except 2009; he played 146 games then. More than statistics Consider also some numbers that we do not see every day. Ichiro Suzuki has a career average WAR of 4.94 for mostly losing Mariners teams with a high of 9.2 in 2004. In his Rookie of the Year season of 2001, it was 7.7 for the division winners. Suzuki has also won 10 Gold Gloves, three Silver Sluggers, and an MVP award (2001). He has made 10 A.L. All-Star teams, set the record for hits in a season (262 in 2004), and stolen 470 bases. He has also hit .346 in 78 postseason at bats. Defensively, Suzuki is unparalleled. The late great Seattle Mariners announcer Dave Niehaus described Suzuki's bazooka of an arm as capable of throwing "something out of Star Wars" in 2001. Yes, Hall of Fame material We cannot combine Ichiro Suzuki's NPB and MLB statistics officially, but 4000 total hits at the top levels of the world's two most dominant baseball leagues does bring up the Hall of Fame discussion. Whether Suzuki reaches 3,000 MLB hits or not (he most likely will), he has amassed enough credentials to enter the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame even if he retired this year. When he enters depends solely on how long Suzuki decides to play. Follow Raymond on Twitter @RayBureau. Like Raymond's "Baseball Bureau" page on Facebook. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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  • Yes, of course. He is one of the greatest hitters of all time. And, he din'nt take PED's to help him cheat.


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