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(The New York Times)   Ichiro Suzuki is now "Mr. 4000"   ( divider line
    More: Cool, Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees, Mets, Josh Thole, playoffs, Jayson Nix, Eduardo Nunez, Subway Series  
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2013-08-22 02:13:53 PM  
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DeWayne Mann: Hey, you wanna look uninformed and stupid? Be my guest.

rocky_howard: Hey, wanna look douchey and idiotic? Be my guest.

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2013-08-22 02:04:16 PM  
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rocky_howard: DeWayne Mann: Hey, you wanna look uninformed and stupid? Be my guest.

But I'm gonna keep pointing it out. Fair warning.

Hey, wanna look douchey and idiotic? Be my guest.

But I'll start pointing it out. Fair warning.


I swear to god I will turn this car around.
2013-08-22 01:42:40 PM  
1 vote:

PowerSlacker: love how Mariners fans are willing to accept perpetual mediocrity as long as their favorite over the hill players come back.

..there's a Nintendo joke in here somewhere..
2013-08-22 12:32:50 PM  
1 vote:
Ichiro said that he does not have Rose's 4,256 on his radar, but he does have a hit total in mind.

With 4,000 career hits now crossed off the to-do list, Ichiro can now turn his focus to joining the 3,000-hit club in the Majors. He sits just 278 hits shy of that achievement, and is under contract with the Yankees through the 2014 season.

"I think that's a goal that is easier to make," Ichiro said. "Nobody will say anything about 3,000. There will be no debating from any fans or media."

So... Ichiro doesn't have Rose's total on his radar, since that's a whole 256 hits away. But he thinks an easier goal to reach is 3,000 MLB hits, which is just 278 hits away.

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2013-08-22 11:25:09 AM  
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Outrageous Muff: Ichiro and Jeter both embody how the game is supposed to be played, which is a solid contrast to the shiat stain that is A-Rod.

A-Rod is a piece of crap human being, but my goodness, the young A-Rod (Seattle years) embodied just about the most perfect prototype for a ball player.

Played a premium defensive position well, hit for power, got on base at a high clip, had great speed (went 40-40 when he 22).

I get that (especially during the Yankee years) he has done some bush league crap on the field and he gets points taken away for that. Still, there is no way that Ichiro or Jeter are better examples of how the game should be played.
2013-08-22 09:31:47 AM  
1 vote:
As Japan has won the World Baseball Classic twice, and America never, proving the superiority of Japanese baseball, of course his hits in Japan should count.

/runs out of the thread like Ichiro on a grounder to first base
2013-08-22 09:20:46 AM  
1 vote:

wxboy: So what are people's feelings about counting his career in Japan towards the 4,000?  What if he were to approach Pete Rose's mark using that metric?  I don't know how the skill levels and competitiveness of Japanese baseball compare to MLB.  Should we also consider minor league stats when applying these types of accolades to players who spend their whole career in the U.S.?

NPB teams are usually rated between AAA and MLB, and the gap narrows a little each year.  At the beginning of Ichiro's NPB career, AAA is probably a fair assessment.  The best players obviously can thrive over here (Ichiro, Darvish, etc.).  It used to be a pitcher's league, but now the scoring is pretty comparable to the US.

I don't think anyone will compare them head-to-head without adding the caveat, but I think it's still worth acknowledging the accomplishments of players with impressive professional career tallies like Ichiro, Saduharo Oh, Mike D, etc.

That all said, Pete Rose is a dick, and Ichiro is awesome.  MLB should troll Rose by holding massive Ichiro celebrations.

In similar news, I think the Yankees should hold a random "Derek Jeter Appreciation Day" during one of A-Rod's appeal games, and arrange for A-Rod to hand Jeter a trophy inscribed "The greatest shortstop ever to play for the Yankees".  If A-Rod wants to troll the baseball world, the baseball world should troll A-Rod.
2013-08-22 08:57:17 AM  
1 vote:
Japanese pitchers are tough, which is why we're starting to see more and more of them making the transition to MLB
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