Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 7/23/12
It was time. Actually, "time" came and went roundabout 2010. But under the heading of Never Too Late to Do the Right Thing, Ichiro Suzuki asked the Seattle Mariners to trade him several weeks ago. The wish was granted Monday, when he was dealt to the New York Yankees. The Yankees are getting a declining 38-year-old in the midst of his worst major league season. The Mariners and Ichiro are getting something more important -- the new beginning both desperately needed. The Mariners have every right to feel emotional as they bid farewell to the preeminent singles hitter of his generation, a genuine marvel whose 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons are a major league record. But the Ichiro loyalists from Bellingham to Bend ought to dry their eyes and commence with the celebration. This was a great day for the Mariners franchise. Let me say this: I'm impressed with Ichiro. I didn't think he was willing to leave his custom-made cocoon. Ichiro could do no wrong in the eyes of titular owner Hi...
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