Originally written on Bronx Pinstripes  |  Last updated 11/8/14
Photo: Creative Commons License Ichiro Suzuki has been a great player for a long time. He was the gold standard of leadoff hitters with his combination of contact skills and speed. He wasn’t your prototypical right fielder, as that’s where most teams like to stash guys who have a bit of power and a good arm, but Ichiro didn’t disappoint after winning the Rookie of the Year, MVP, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards in his first season stateside. He was a ridiculous, once-in-a-generation type player, and sadly Yankees fans will only get to see glimpses of that over the next two years. In 2012 after a July trade that brought the superstar over to the Bronx, he rewarded the Yankees with a .322/.340/.454  (114 wRC+) abbreviated campaign. That came on the heels of hitting just .261/.288/.353 (77 wRC+) with the Mariners earlier that season. He looked all but done with Seattle. His resurgence in the Bronx during the season and then into the playoffs (.275/.310/.400 slash line) led to Brian...
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