Ichiro’s Major League Baseball Career Appears To Be Over
One of the greatest hitters in the history of professional baseball is reportedly walking away from the game. Japanese treasure, Ichiro Suzuki, will reportedly leave the baseball diamond, but he won’t be leaving baseball as a whole.
According to a release from the Seattle Mariners, Ichiro will transition into the role of Special Assistant to the Chairman for the club.
Ichiro, 44, was a vital part of the Mariners franchise for 11 seasons as a player. His agent made it clear that Ichiro is not retiring, though he will not play for the rest of 2018.
Ichiro Suzuki started playing professional baseball in 1992, though he didn’t make his Major League Debut until 2001. Over his 17 years in the MLB, Ichiro played for three franchises, the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, and Miami Marlins.
His first 11 seasons came with the Mariners, though he reportedly asked for a trade so the team could complete its rebuilding process. Ichiro was shipped to the Yankees, where he played for two and a half years.
Ichiro’s list of career awards is lengthy. Notably, he is a 10-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove award-winner, and was the AL MVP in his inaugural MLB season. He walks away from the game with 3,089 hits at the MLB level and another 1,278 at the Japanese professional level.
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