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Ichiro Suzuki | Outfielder | #51

Team: Miami Marlins
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 may consider returning to Japan for the 2018 season, per his agent John Boggs.
Boggs told Barry Bloom of MLB.com that he had extensive conversations earlier this winter with the Mariners and Padres, but both clubs have since moved on. Other teams have asked Boggs to "check back" closer to spring training. Ichiro, a certain first-ballot Hall of Famer, has racked up 3,080 major league hits since arriving from the Orix Buffaloes in 2001. But he batted just .255/.318/.332 in 136 games with the Marlins last year at age 43. And he turned 44 in October. Jan 16 - 6:36 PM
Source: MLB.com

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Ichiro Suzuki told the Kyodo News Agency on Saturday that he still hopes to play in MLB next season.

Ichiro became a free agent last month after the Marlins declined his $2 million option for 2018. The 44-year-old has previously said that his goal is to play until he's 50, so it's no surprise that he wants to continue his career. The free agent market has been slow in general, but Suzuki is coming off a rough year where he batted just .255/.318/.332 over 215 plate appearances. He's holding out hope to find an opportunity with an MLB team, but he hasn't completely ruled out a return to Japan if it doesn't happen. "When you use the word possibility, there are many things … it means anything is possible as long as it’s not zero." said Suzuki. The 10-time All-Star ranks 22nd on the all-time MLB list with 3,080 hits.
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 11:31:00 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, a couple of teams have shown interest in free agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.

Ichiro became a free agent earlier this month after the Marlins declined his $2 million option for 2018. The 44-year-old has publicly stated that he hopes to play until he's 50, but he batted just .255/.318/.332 over 215 plate appearances this season. It's not about the money at this point, but perhaps someone will give him a chance as a fourth outfielder/pinch-hitter. Ichiro ranks 22nd on the all-time list with 3,080 hits. He's 30 hits away from Dave Winfield for 21st.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 07:32:00 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle confirms that the Athletics are not interested in Ichiro Suzuki.

Ichiro's agent reached out to the A's, but that discussion was apparently brief. The 44-year-old outfielder batted just .255/.318/.332 over 215 plate appearances with the Marlins in 2017 and will probably struggle to find much in the way of guaranteed money on the free agent market this winter.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 11:32:00 AM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Ichiro Suzuki's agent has reached out to the Athletics as a possible landing spot for the 2018 season.

Slusser says the talks were brief, and that part of the connection comes from Suzuki's relationship with Bob Melvin, who managed him in Seattle in 2002-2003. It's very unlikely that Suzuki will get much guaranteed cash considering his skillset and age, but the 44-year-old outfielder should find someone who is willing to give him a chance to be the fourth outfielder, even if it's likely not a contending club.
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 09:43:00 AM

Marlins declined OF Ichiro Suzuki's $2 million option for 2018.

Ichiro was a productive part-timer in 2016 but fell back to a .255/.318/.332 batting line this past season. He'll turn 45 later this month but plans to continue his career in 2018. The future Hall of Famer might have to settle for a minor league contract this winter.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 02:29:00 PM

Ichiro Suzuki had a pinch-hit single and stole his first base of the season in Thursday's win over the Braves.

Although it's unclear if anyone is counting, Ichiro came dangerously close to going an entire season with a stolen base for the first time in his MLB career before Thursday's game. With the steal, he's now swiped at least one base in each of his 17 MLB seasons. Ichiro will turn 44 years old this offseason but has a club option for 2018. We won't write him off until everyone else does first.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 11:36:00 PM

Ichiro Suzuki hit a pinch-hit go-ahead homer as the Marlins defeated the Phillies in the first half of Tuesday's split doubleheader.

It was a three-run moonshot in the top of the seventh inning off Phillies starter Aaron Nola and it put the Marlins up 6-3. They'd go on to win the game 12-8. Ichiro has tallied three home runs in 149 at-bats this season after logging just three total homers in 1,084 at-bats between 2014-2016.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 07:19:00 PM

Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-4 and drove in a run during a loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.

All three hits were singles, including one in the fourth inning that plated the Marlins' only run of the night. Ichiro hasn't gotten a ton of playing time this year and hasn't been very productive when given the chance. He is batting .241/.305/.312 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 155 plate appearances. He has stolen 508 bases in his career but none this year.
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 10:52:00 PM

Ichiro Suzuki is in the lineup and hitting seventh for Wednesday's game against the Nationals.

Ichiro will patrol center field in the contest. The veteran outfielder is hitting just .226/.293/.299 in 95 games this season.
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 04:56:00 PM

Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Pirates.

Ichiro was the only Marlins player to pick up an extra-base hit in the contest. They finished with all of two hits as a team. For his part, the veteran outfielder is hitting a mere .198/.235/.296 in 81 at-bats. While his bat has diminished to the point where he no longer holds fantasy value, Ichiro will still run into one from time to time. The dinger was the 116th of his career.
Sun, Jun 11, 2017 04:36:00 PM

Ichiro Suzuki is starting in left field and batting ninth for the Marlins on Monday in Seattle.

Ichiro is getting a start in the outfield in his old stomping grounds while Marcell Ozuna serves as the designated hitter. Martin Prado is at third base and in the No. 2 spot in the lineup in his season debut, with J.T. Realmuto moving down to the No. 6 spot.
Mon, Apr 17, 2017 05:47:00 PM

Ichiro Suzuki said that he wants to play until he is 50 years old.

The 43-year-old future Hall of Famer is the oldest active position player in majors. Among all players, only Bartolo Colon (50 days his senior) is older. Said Ichiro of the possibility of playing until 50, "Nobody knows what the future holds. But the way I feel, how I’m thinking, I feel like nothing can stop me from doing it." This past season, Ichiro saw 327 at-bats with the Marlins and hit .291/.354/.376 with 48 runs scored and 10 steals. He will once again serve as the team's fourth outfielder during the coming season.
Source: Miami Herald
Wed, Mar 29, 2017 06:09:00 PM

Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-3 on Sunday and is 9-for-16 over his last five games.

Ichiro had been 3-for-22 this spring before his recent surge. He'll open up as the Marlins' fourth outfielder again. Ideally, he won't need to play as often as he did last year.
Sun, Mar 26, 2017 03:33:00 PM

Ichiro Suzuki (knee, back) will return to Grapefruit League action as the DH on Sunday.

Assuming all goes well, he's slated to return to the outfield on Monday. The veteran outfielder has been sidelined since a collision with teammate Brandon Barnes during an outfield drill on Tuesday.
Sat, Mar 4, 2017 11:04:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1J.T. Realmuto
2Tomas Telis
3Bryan Holaday
4Chad Wallach
1B1Justin Bour
2Garrett Cooper
3Jonathan Rodriguez
2B1Starlin Castro
2Johnny Giavotella
SS1J.T. Riddle
2Miguel Rojas
3Yadiel Rivera
4Cristhian Adames
3B1Martin Prado
2Brian Anderson
3Eric Campbell
LF1Derek Dietrich
2J.B. Shuck
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Lewis Brinson
3Magneuris Sierra
4Braxton Lee
RF1Scott Van Slyke
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dan Straily
2Wei-Yin Chen
3Jose Urena
4Adam Conley
5Dillon Peters
6Justin Nicolino
7Jarlin Garcia
8Chris O'Grady
9Odrisamer Despaigne
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Ziegler
2Kyle Barraclough
3Junichi Tazawa
4Drew Steckenrider
5Nick Wittgren
6Jarlin Garcia
7Brian Ellington
8Brett Graves
9Miguel Del Pozo
10Drew Rucinski
11Alex Wimmers
12Javy Guerra
13Sandy Alcantara
14Elieser Hernandez