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Ichiro Suzuki | Outfielder | #51

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (44) / 10/22/1973
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 171
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / SEA
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Ichiro Suzuki's agent John Boggs said Thursday that his client could explore playing opportunities in 2019.
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto announced Thursday afternoon that Suzuki will not play any more games this year and is instead going to work in a front office role for the team, but the future Hall of Famer doesn't want to completely hang it up quite yet. "He is not retiring," said Boggs. "He’s taking on a different role for 2018, and 2019 has yet to evolve." It sounds like Ichiro might return for next year's season-opening series between the Mariners and Athletics in Tokyo. He could call it quits after that, at age 45. May 3 - 4:06 PM

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Mariners released OF Ichiro Suzuki.

Suzuki played what will likely be his final-ever MLB game on Wednesday night against the Athletics and will now transition into the role of Special Assistant to the Chairman for the Mariners. The future first-ballot Hall of Famer finishes his playing career with 3,089 hits and a .311/.355/.402 batting line. "We want to make sure we capture all of the value that Ichiro brings to this team off the field," GM Jerry Dipoto said Thursday. "This new role is a way to accomplish that. While it will evolve over time, the key is that Ichiro’s presence in our clubhouse and with our players and staff improves our opportunity to win games. That is our number-one priority and Ichiro’s number-one priority."
May 3 - 2:06 PM

Ichiro Suzuki is starting in left field and hitting ninth on Wednesday against the Athletics.

Ben Gamel gets the night off. Suzuki is 12-for-33 in his career against Anderson, and Gamel has been struggling with the bat since returning from the disabled list. Suzuki hasn't exactly been tearing the cover off the ball (.220/.256/.220) either, and offers no fantasy value at this point. There has been speculation that this could be Ichiro's final homestand with the Mariners, but that has yet to be substantiated.
May 2 - 6:11 PM

Ichiro Suzuki (calf) will be in the Mariners' Opening Day lineup on Thursday against the Indians.

There was some talk of Suzuki opening the year on the disabled list with a calf injury, but he was able to play seven innings in a minor league game on Tuesday and came out of it healthy. He'll play left field and hit ninth against Cleveland ace Corey Kluber. The full Mariners lineup on Opening Day will be Dee Gordon CF, Jean Segura SS, Robinson Cano 2B, Nelson Cruz DH, Mitch Haniger RF, Ryon Healy 1B, Mike Zunino C, and Suzuki LF.
Mar 28 - 7:06 PM

Ichiro Suzuki (calf) is scheduled to play seven innings on Tuesday.

Suzuki has been bothered by right calf tightness in recent days and the Mariners are trying to test his readiness for the start of the season. We should know more about his status depending on how he feels Tuesday. If Suzuki isn't ready for the season, Taylor Motter is expected to take the final roster spot, with Guillermo Heredia starting in left field.
Mar 27 - 2:46 PM

Ichiro Suzuki (calf) is scheduled to play in a minor league game on Monday.

Suzuki has been slowed by tightness in his right calf, but Mariners manager Scott Servais expressed optimism Sunday that the future Hall of Famer will be ready for Opening Day. Ichiro could get regular playing time in left field while Ben Gamel recovers from an oblique strain.
Mar 25 - 2:52 PM

Ichiro Suzuki took a pitch off the helmet in a minor league game on Friday.

Suzuki looked dazed after taking the hit, but was able to smile and left the field on his own. The 44-year-old is currently playing in minor leagues games as he tries to recover from a calf injury he suffered earlier in the spring. We'll update you if we find out anything differently, but it appears that the removal was purely precautionary.
Mar 23 - 5:04 PM

Ichiro Suzuki (calf) will not be in the lineup for Friday's game against the White Sox, and will instead play in minor league games over the weekend.

The move is to get Suzuki more at-bats, and he can get them much easier -- and more controlled -- on the backfields than in the Cactus League. Manager Scott Servais says that his leg is still not 100 percent, and with the Mariners lacking in outfield depth, they won't wanna risk him in the field until he's fully healthy. He's still very likely to be ready to go by Opening Day.
Mar 23 - 1:35 PM

Ichiro Suzuki (calf) is back in the Mariners lineup for their Cactus League game with the Brewers on Wednesday.

Suzuki is hitting ninth and playing left field. That's likely what you'll see him do for the season opener against the Indians on March 29. He might provide some steals, but with no power and a declining ability to hit for power, you would have to be desperate to add him to your fantasy roster.
Mar 21 - 4:34 PM

Ichiro Suzuki could play in a minor league game today, but won't run as he rests with his sore calf.

Suzuki was pulled from the game on Wednesday after feeling tightness in his right calf, and hasn't played since. The Mariners are being very cautious with the 44-year-old outfielder, and can't afford another injury to their already thin group. Assuming their are no setbacks, he should be fine by Opening Day.
Mar 18 - 1:51 PM

Ichiro Suzuki was pulled from Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Giants with a tight right calf muscle.

Ichiro was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the first inning, so the injury likely occurred in the top-half of the first. The 44-year-old outfielder was recently signed to a one-year deal by Seattle in part due to presumed starter Ben Gamel suffering an oblique strain. We'll have more on the severity of Ichiro's injury when the Mariners update his condition.
Mar 14 - 10:00 PM

Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto expects Ichiro Suzuki to play 4-6 days a week during Ben Gamel's absence.

Gamel is battling a strained oblique and could miss up to two months. Suzuki figures to see most of his time in left field but could move to right in a pinch if Mitch Haniger gets hurt or ever needs a day off. "We don't envision an organizational icon sitting on the bench regularly," said Dipoto. "There had to be a way we could get him regular at-bats and allow him to do the things he's capable of doing." The 44-year-old obviously isn't the player he once was, but still held his own by hitting .255 last season. Ichiro doesn't carry much fantasy weight these days, but his return to Seattle is a great story.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 8 - 5:23 PM

Mariners signed OF Ichiro Suzuki to a one-year, $750,000 contract.

The deal includes another $1.25 million in performance-based incentives. Ichiro is returning "home" to Seattle, where he began his major league career back in 2001 -- winning both AL MVP and Rookie of Year that season. It's a little uncertain how much he is actually going to play in 2018 and he obviously has no fantasy relevance at this point. The 44-year-old future Hall of Famer batted just .255/.318/.332 in 215 plate appearances with the Marlins last season.
Mar 7 - 12:26 PM

Ichiro Suzuki told Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz that he needs to take one more physical before his one-year contract with the Mariners becomes official.

He's in Seattle now undergoing the physical, so it sounds like the deal could become official soon. It's questionable how much Ichiro has left in the tank after batting just .255/.318/.332 with the Marlins last season, but it's undoubtedly a cool story with him headed back to Seattle. He turned 44 last October.
Mar 5 - 5:18 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Mariners and Ichiro Suzuki are close to finalizing a one-year major league contract.

Ichiro is going home, sort of. The Mariners could use some depth in their outfield, with Ben Gamel the latest going down due to an oblique injury. Suzuki, 44, batted just .255/.318/.332 in 136 games with the Marlins last season, but he's still capable of playing all over the outfield. And, well, he's beloved among Mariners fans. The future Hall of Famer has said he wants to play until he's 50, but this could be a fitting way to end his career.
Mar 5 - 2:07 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Chris Herrmann
1B1Ryon Healy
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Jean Segura
3B1Kyle Seager
2Andrew Romine
LF1Denard Span
2Guillermo Heredia
CF1Dee Gordon
RF1Mitch Haniger
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2James Paxton
3Mike Leake
4Erasmo Ramirez
5Marco Gonzales
6Wade LeBlanc
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Edwin Diaz
2Alex Colome
3Juan Nicasio
4James Pazos
5Dan Altavilla
6Nick Vincent
7Chasen Bradford
8Roenis Elias
9David Phelps