Ichiro Suzuki pinch hit in the fifth inning of this afternoon’s A’s-Marlins game. As he so often has in his career, he reached on an infield single. This one to the pitcher.
But this wasn’t just one of his ordinary infield singles. It was a record-breaker. It marked his 365th career hit in an interleague game. That surpasses Derek Jeter on the all-time list:
In other news, it was about a year ago that Ichiro passed Pete Rose in total number of hits, if you combine Ichiro’s Japan and U.S. stats. Merely mentioning that fact angered a lot of Pete Rose supporters — and Pete Rose himself —
as they felt that noting it somehow detracted from Rose’s greatness or something. Which is silly.
Whatever the case: Ichiro now has a whopping 365 more interleague hits than Rose ever had, which is so, so telling.
Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Giants are engaged in “serious discussions” with the Reds to acquire center fielder Billy Hamilton. Talks are apparently advanced enough that a deal could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.
It’s no secret that the Giants would like to make an upgrade in the outfield this offseason, as the club has also been linked to Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Currently, the Giants’ outfield consists of Denard Span, Hunter Pence, and Jarrett Parker.
Hamilton, 27, owns a meager .248/.298/.334 batting line across parts of five seasons in the majors with the Reds. However, he has plenty of speed, having stolen at least 56 bases in each of the last four seasons. Hamilton is also well-regarded for his defense, which would be a boon at spacious AT&T Park.
Hamilton is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He’s projected to earn $5 million for this coming season. Buchanan notes that the Rangers are also interested in potentially acquiring Hamilton.