Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 8/21/13

On Wednesday night, Ichiro Suzuki collected the 4,000th hit of his professional baseball career. Those hits have come during a career split between Japan (in the Nippon Professional Baseball league) and Major League Baseball. Suzuki sliced a line-drive to the opposite field in the first inning of the New York Yankees’ matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays. The hit came off R.A. Dickey and bounced just past third baseman Brett Lawrie. With the hit, Suzuki broke a tie with Lou Gehrig by collecting his 2,722nd career hit in 13 major league seasons. He also collected 1,278 hits in nine seasons with the Orix Blue Wave in Japan. After he got to first base, Suzuki’s teammates rushed out of the dugout and mobbed him at first base. Curtis Granderson got there first and gave him a big hug. He then turned and faced the cheering fans and bowed. Former Seattle Mariners teammate Ken Griffey Jr. congratulated Suzuki with a pre-recorded message on the Yankee Stadium video board. Ichiro now has the most hits through the first 13 seasons of his major league career. Pittsburgh Pirates great Paul Waner is second, as he had 2,648 from 1926-1938. Pete Rose (4,256) and Ty Cobb (4,191) are the only players to reach 4,000 hits in a major league career. Suzuki arrived in Major League Baseball in 2001 and has had a remarkable career to this point. The 39-year-old is a 10-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove winner, three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, two-time American League batting champion, and won both the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in 2001. He also holds a Major League record with 262 hits in 2004. The Yankees ended up winning the game 4-2. Video of Suzuki’s milestone hit is below:

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
1 Comment:
  • I played with a guy from The United states that played in AA and AAA and the Japan league who retired with 4786 hits total, where is Greg Olsons name
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jim Brown: I ‘encourage and support’ Johnny Manziel

Vincent criticizes NFLPA over spending millions on lawsuits

MLB urges Supreme Court to deny San Jose's A's appeal

Jeanie Buss: Phil Jackson loves the Twitter criticism

Vikings RB McKinnon: If I had a fantasy team, I'd take myself

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Kings have had discussions with John Calipari

De’Andre Johnson charged with misdemeanor battery

Russell Wilson on salary: If it's $25M or $1.5M, I'll be ready to go

Luke Ridnour reportedly traded for fourth time in a week

Scottie Pippen: I was LeBron James before LeBron James

Report: Marc Gasol only visiting with Memphis Grizzlies

Fan who caught A-Rod’s 3,000th says he’s received threats

Diamondbacks are contenders, but team's direction is unclear

Selecting the 2015 American League All-Stars

Jim Harbaugh is recruiting a prospect he once babysat

Conan makes Marshawn's wildest dreams come true

Brett Favre dons Packers jersey, says, 'I think I could still play'

Bo Knows, Bo Goes: Wisconsin feels pride and pain

Popovich won't call free agents at midnight, he'll be in bed

Joe Buck explains why he quit Twitter

Should the White Sox and Indians become sellers?

Fan bases most deserving of a Super Bowl 50 win

2015 NBA Draft grades: Eastern Conference

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Selecting the 2015 AL All-Stars

NBA Draft grades: Eastern Conference

Under the radar NBA free agents

Michael Sam, boyfriend broke up?

Mickelson linked to money laundering?

Reminiscing on 'Love & Basketball' 15 years later

Selecting the 2015 NL All-Stars

The Sixers' latest horde

Projected landing spots for NBA's top free agents

MLB changes format for Home Run Derby

Revis to work out with Patriots DBs

Peterson: I'm still NFL's best RB

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.