Ichiro Calls It A Career

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The 45-year-old Ichiro fouled out his first time up and grounded out in his next at-bat against Oakland.

Destiny gave the Seattle Mariners a seventh-inning rally that ensured Ichiro Suzuki would get another turn at bat in the final game of his Major League Baseball career on Thursday in Tokyo.

Ichiro was showered with cheers and chants while taking his final bow, and the Mariners sent him out with a win by beating the Oakland Athletics 5-4 in 12 innings.

None the least of which includes Ichiro telling reporters in 2007 that he would "punch himself in the face" if he ever lied about wanting to come here.

In his rookie campaign, Ichiro took the league by storm.

Across Kikuchi's lifespan, Ichiro compiled a staggering 4,280 hits-24 more than the legendary Pete Rose-making Ichiro the true hit king of America's (and now, because of him, the world's) pastime.

Before he was a Seattle Mariner, Ichiro was already training with them. Ichiro batted.372 in 2004, netting himself the batting title over Barry Bonds, and he broke the single-season hits record on October 1 against the Rangers. In 2004, he did just that, passing Sisler on October 1. The Mariners were particularly appropriate for Ichiro, as they had extensive ownership connections with Japan. Players were still in awe of Ichiro when he stepped in the box. He needed just 15 years to meet a milestone that is pretty much automatic admission to Cooperstown.

Kikuchi became the first Japanese player to begin his career on home soil the same night Ichiro became the only Japanese-born Major League Baseball player to finish his in Japan.

Ichiro, who started in right field in both games for the Mariners this week, has 3,089 hits in the USA major leagues and 1,278 in Nippon Professional Baseball.

Mariano Rivera is widely considered the greatest closer of all-time.

But Ichiro continued practicing with the team and started in this season's opening game on Wednesday.

Ichiro wasn't just an wonderful hitter. The AL won, 10-9, and Ichiro took home MVP honors.

After the Mariners took the field in the bottom of the eighth, all the players except Suzuki left for the dugout.

Since 2001, Ichiro Suzuki has wowed American baseball fans with his athletic ability both on the field and at the plate. Davis led the majors with 48 home runs a year ago and homered Wednesday.

One of baseball's major league baseball's most illustrious players said goodbye to the diamond yesterday.

The left-handed starting pitcher was spotted a 3-0 lead with Ryon Healy and Mitch Haniger home runs in the second and third innings. Simply put, it was vintage Ichiro.

Ichiro received hugs from his teammates, including Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., once he reached the dugout.

The 45-year-old Suzuki, who started in right field in both of the Mariners games this week at Tokyo Dome, has 3,089 hits over his career in Nippon Professional Baseball and the major leagues. Although the Mariners won 10-1 on home runs from Mike Cameron and Bret Boone, I was captivated watching Ichiro in the outfield.