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Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Suzuki in his pre-swing pose at Shea Stadium in New York City.
Personal information
NameIchiro Suzuki
TeamSeattle Mariners
PositionRight fielder
Number51
BatsLeft
ThrowsRight
Professional debut
Debut leagueNPB
Debut dateJuly 11, 1992
Debut teamOrix BlueWave
Debut leagueMLB
Debut dateApril 2, 2001
Debut teamSeattle Mariners
Statistics
NPB
Batting average.353
Home runs118
Runs batted in529
Hits1278
Runs658
Stolen bases199
MLB (2011 season)
Batting average.326
Home runs95
Runs batted in605
Hits2428
Runs1127
Stolen bases423
* Orix BlueWave (1992 2000) (NPB) * Seattle Mariners (2001 present)
NPB * 7× NPB All-Star (1994 2000) * 3× PL MVP (1994 1996) * 7× Golden Glove Award (1994 2000) * 7× Best Nine Award (1994 2000) * 3× Matsutaro Shoriki Award (1994 1995, 2004) * 3× Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize (1994 1995, 2001) * 7× PL Batting Champion (1994 2000) * 5× PL Safe Hit Champion (1994 1998) * 5× PL On-base Champion (1994 1996, 1999 2000) * 1995 PL Stolen Base Champion * 1995 PL RBI Champion * Japan Series Champion (1996) MLB * 10× All-Star (2001 2010) * 10× Gold Glove Award (2001 2010) * 3× Silver Slugger Award (2001, 2007, 2009) * 2× AL Batting Champion (2001, 2004) * 2001 AL MVP * 2001 AL Rookie of the Year * 2001 AL Stolen Base Champion * 2005 Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award * 2007 All-Star Game MVP * Single-season MLB record with 262 hits (2004) * AL Record Consecutive Stolen Bases (45)

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|} (born October 22, 1973) is a Major League Baseball right fielder for the Seattle Mariners. Ichiro has established a number of batting records, including the sport's single-season record for hits with 262. He had ten consecutive 200-hit seasons, the longest streak by any player, surpassing Wee Willie Keeler's streak of eight.

Ichiro moved to the United States in 2001 after playing nine years for the Orix Blue Wave in Japan's Pacific League. Posted by Orix after the 2000 season, Ichiro became Seattle's right fielder. The first Japanese-born everyday position player in the major leagues, Ichiro led the AL in batting average and stolen bases en route to being named Rookie of the Year and MVP.

Ichiro is the first MLB player to enter the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame (The Golden Players Club). He has been voted onto ten All-Star teams by the fans, winning the 2007 All-Star MVP Award for a three-hit performance that included the event's first-ever inside-the-park home run. Ichiro has won a Gold Glove award in each of his first ten years in the major leagues, and has had six hitting streaks of 20 or more games, with a high of 27.

Ichiro's agent Tony Attanasio described his client's status: "When you mail Ichiro something from the States, you only have to use that name on the address and he gets it [in Japan]. He's that big."


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