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Ichiro Suzuki | Outfielder | #51

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (42) / 10/22/1973
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 174
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Ichiro Suzuki collected his 4,256th and 4,257th career hits on Wednesday against the Padres.
That total includes his 1,278 hits from Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan and his 2,979 hits as a Major League Baseball player. Pete Rose holds the MLB record for career hits with 4,256, but nobody is counting what he did in the minors (if you want to compare NPB to the minor leagues). They're both obviously all-time greats. Jun 16 - 12:53 PM

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Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-5 with an RBI as the Marlins fell in extra innings to the Twins on Tuesday.

Ichiro continues to charge toward the 3,000 hit mark for his major league career, with 2968 knocks after his two on Tuesday. He also swiped his sixth base of the season in the contest. He's having a resurgent season at the plate, hitting .317/.377/.365 with six RBI.
Jun 7 - 11:37 PM

Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored Thursday against the Pirates.

Ichiro was once a prolific base-stealer, and he showed he's still got some juice left in those 42-year-old legs by swiping his third base of the season. His pair of hits also moved him two closer to 3,000 for his career -- he's now at 2,965 with roughly four months to play. His .323/.388/.376 line certainly suggests he'll hit that milestone some time in 2016.
Jun 3 - 12:35 AM

Ichiro Suzuki doubled in Friday’s loss to the Braves.

Suzuki is now up to 2,961 hits in MLB. The 42-year-old has turned back the clock so far this season by batting .351 over 37 games, so he has made some serious progress over the first two months. Barring injury, he has a good chance to make it to 3,000 this year.
May 27 - 11:17 PM

Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored Thursday against the Nationals.

Ichiro had an awful spring, but he's 7-for-18 with two walks and no strikeouts since the games started to count. The Marlins might be tempted to find more at-bats for him, potentially at Marcell Ozuna's expense (also probably at the expense of the team as a whole).
Apr 21 - 4:25 PM

Ichiro Suzuki hit a game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning of Sunday's 6-5, 10-inning loss to the Braves.

Ichiro stepped to the plate as the Marlins' last best hope, as the team was down to their final out and faced a one-run deficit. The aged/age-less one delivered with an RBI single off Jason Grilli to knot proceedings at 5-5. Alas, the Braves would score a run of their own in the top of the 10th and come away with the win. The 42-year-old outfielder hit just .229/.282/.279 in 398 at-bats last season.
Apr 17 - 4:56 PM

Ichiro Suzuki is getting his first start of the season on Wednesday against the Mets.

Ichiro will cover center field and bat second. The future Hall of Famer makes for an intriguing DFS bargain play with the Mets starting righty reliever Logan Verrett.
Apr 13 - 11:08 AM

Ichiro Suzuki struck out three times as part of a 1-for-4 day against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Ichiro has struck out 10 times in just 12 games and 35 plate appearances this spring. It's as many times as he struck out in the previous four springs (66 games) combined. He's also batting just .189. The Marlins seem completely committed to his chase for 3,000, but one wonders if this things could get ugly before he gets there.
Mar 23 - 5:09 PM

Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-3 as the Marlins' leadoff man on Thursday and is 4-for-21 with one run scored this spring.

He has more strikeouts (five) than hits, which certainly isn't like him. Then again, Ichiro appeared for all the world to be done last year. It's awfully unlikely that the Marlins would have brought him back if they weren't hoping to capitalize financially on him reaching 3,000 hits (he's 65 away).
Mar 17 - 3:51 PM

Marlins re-signed OF Ichiro Suzuki to a one-year, $2 million contract with a club option for 2017.

There's a $500,000 buyout for 2017, so Ichiro is guaranteed at least $2.5 million. Suzuki's .561 OPS this season was the second-lowest among players with at least 400 plate appearances (only Kansas City's Omar Infante was worse), but the Marlins are willing to bring him back in a reserve role as he continues his chase for 3,000 hits in MLB. He'll go into his age-42 season with 2,935 hits.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 01:21:00 PM

Joe Frisaro of reports that the Marlins are bringing back Ichiro Suzuki for 2016.

It was expected already, but an official announcement is expected on Tuesday. Suzuki turns 42 later this month and batted just .229/.282/.279 in 438 plate appearances this season, but he's 65 hits shy of 3,000 for his career. There's obvious marketing appeal for the Marlins.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 11:32:00 AM

Ichiro Suzuki said Sunday that he's hoping to return to the Marlins next season.

"Of course" was the response from the 41-year-old impending free agent outfielder. Ichiro batted just .229/.282/.279 in 438 plate appearances this season and he turns 42 years old later this month, but there should be offers out there if he's willing to accept a low base salary and reserve role. There's thought to be some interest from the Marlins, though that front office is currently in flux and will have quite a bit on its plate this winter.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 09:56:00 AM

Ichiro Suzuki collected another pair of singles on Friday, going 2-for-4 as the Marlins fell to the Phillies.

He continues his march toward 3000 MLB hits, now just 79 shy. He has been swinging an especially hot bat in the month of August, hitting .361 (22-for-61) with five RBI.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 10:11:00 PM

Ichiro Suzuki went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base as the Marlins outlasted the Brewers 9-6 on Tuesday.

Ichiro had four of the team's 13 hits in the win. The 41-year-old still has some life in his bat and his legs, as he's now got 10 steals to go with a .260/.314/.316 line. He'll continue to get regular playing time with Giancarlo Stanton sidelined.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 12:44:00 AM

Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-5 with a triple and three RBI in a win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Ichiro had an RBI single in the second inning before smashing a two-run triple past David Ortiz in the sixth. The Marlins would score 10 times in the frame. The 41-year-old got off to a slow start but has begun to come around a bit at the plate of late, collecting hits in nine of 10 games thus far in August. The modest stretch has his line up to .253/.311/.309 overall.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 07:34:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1J.T. Realmuto
2Jeff Mathis
1B1Justin Bour
2Chris Johnson
2B1Dee Gordon
2Derek Dietrich
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
2Miguel Rojas
3B1Martin Prado
LF1Christian Yelich
CF1Marcell Ozuna
2Cole Gillespie
RF1Giancarlo Stanton
2Ichiro Suzuki
Starting Pitcher
S1Jose Fernandez
2Wei-Yin Chen
3Tom Koehler
4Adam Conley
Relief Pitcher
R1A.J. Ramos
2Fernando Rodney
3Mike Dunn
4Kyle Barraclough
5Dustin McGowan
6David Phelps
7Nick Wittgren
8Brian Ellington
9Jo-Jo Reyes
10Carter Capps
11Bryan Morris