On Wednesday, New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki joined an elite club by notching his 4,000th career hit in professional baseball.
It is certainly no small feat to record that many hits over a career even if about one-third of them were amassed while playing in Japan.
In fact, Ichiro recorded 1,278 hits in Japan's top baseball league, with the other 2,722 coming while playing in Major League Baseball.
Could Ichiro ever catch up to baseball's all-time hit king Pete Rose? Rose doesn't think so and became somewhat dismissive when discussing the matter on Thursday.
"He's still 600 hits away from catching [teammate] Derek Jeter,'' Rose told USA TODAY Sports, "so how can he catch me?''
Rose's 4,256 career hits stand as the most in MLB history. But the 72-year-old believes he should have more if people want to count Ichiro's hits in Japan. Namely, all of the hits he compiled in the minor leagues.
"Hey, if we're counting professional hits,'' says Rose, "then add on ...