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YANKEES RE-SIGN OUTFIELDER ICHIRO SUZUKI
The New York Yankees today announced they have re-signed 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award-winning outfielder Ichiro Suzuki to a two-year contract.
Suzuki, 39, was acquired by the Yankees from Seattle on July 23, 2012, along with cash considerations in exchange for right-handed pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar. In 67 games with the Yankees, Suzuki batted .322 (73-for-227) with 28 runs, 13 doubles, one triple, five home runs, 27 RBI and 14 stolen bases. Of his 56 starts with the Yankees, 26 were in left field, 24 in right field, five in center field and one was as the designated hitter. Prior to the 2012 season, he had made just one career start in left field (2001 ALCS Game 5 with Seattle at the Yankees).
By hitting safely in each of his first 12 games with the Yankees, Suzuki tied Don Slaught (1988) for the longest hitting streak to begin a Yankees career. Suzuki hit five homers with the Yankees - all at Yankee Stadium - after hitting just four home runs in 95 games to start the year with Seattle. Overall in 2012, Suzuki batted .283 (178-for-629) with 77 runs, 28 doubles, six triples, nine home runs, 55 RBI and 29 stolen bases in 162 games with the Mariners and the Yankees.
Yankees acquire Ichiro Suzuki
The New York Yankees today announced they have acquired 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award-winning outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and cash considerations from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP D.J. Mitchell and RHP Danny Farquhar.
Suzuki, 38, had played his entire 12-year Major League career with the Seattle Mariners since becoming the first Japan-born position player in Major League history. He owns a .322 (2,533-for-7,858) career batting average with 1,176 runs, 295 doubles, 79 triples, 99 home runs, 633 RBI, 438 stolen bases, 513 walks and a .366 on-base percentage in 1,844 games. Among active players, Suzuki is second in steals, third in batting average (min: 3,000PA) and sixth in hits. Since his debut in 2001, he has 330 more hits than any other Major Leaguer.
Ichiro Becomes Mariners All-Time Hits Leader
Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki broke Edgar Martinez's franchise record for career hits on Saturday, fittingly with a pair of infield singles that helped lift Seattle to a 5-2 victory over the A's, then he paid tribute to the man he replaced in the record book.
Ichiro, just beginning his 11th season in the Major Leagues, now has 2,248 hits, one more than Martinez retired with in 2004.
"Today I broke his record. When you look at his numbers, that's a fact," Ichiro said through interpreter Antony Suzuki. "But he is a hero back in Seattle. He's my hero as well. When you look at his existence, he's a lot bigger than I am, being a great human being as well. So that's how I look at it.
Ichiro Suzuki sets 200-hit milestone
Ichiro Suzuki became the first player with 10 straight 200-hit seasons Thursday, breaking his record with a single to center in the fifth inning of the Mariners' game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Suzuki, whose 200 hits are the most in the majors, closed in on the mark with a two-out double to left off Blue Jays right-hander Shawn Hill in the third.
He wasted no time in setting the record, lining a single up the middle on the first pitch he saw from Hill in the fifth.
His teammates came to the top step of the dugout to applaud and Suzuki tipped his cap as the crowd gave him a standing ovation.
"After I accomplished 200 hits and I looked to the dugout, everyone was celebrating, everyone was very happy. They were showing congratulatory feelings," Suzuki said through a translator. "That's when I finally felt I could express my feelings in a good way and say I'm happy for what I've achieved."
Suzuki surpassed Willie Keeler with his ninth consecutive 200-hit season last year. Keeler's streak ran from 1894 to 1901.
Suzuki now has more 200-hit seasons than any player in AL history, breaking the record he shared with Detroit's Ty Cobb. Pete Rose is the only other player to record 10 seasons with 200 or more hits.
"I've never actually seen him play with eyes and I've never met him before," he said through a translator before adding, in English, "I don't care."
Ichiro, whose career high in home runs is 15, was asked whether he could imagine hitting 50 homers.
"I don't know about 50 home runs, maybe 50 saves," he joked.
Suzuki has led the majors in hits in each of the past four seasons, and six times in his 10-year career.
He closed in on the mark with his first four-hit game of the season in Tuesday's series opener, then went 1 for 5 with a single Wednesday.
Special thanks to JERRY OSBORNE of COLLECTINGICHIRO.COM for his contributions.