Ichiro Suzuki plans to continue playing in 2015

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Free agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki told MLB Network that he plans to play in 2015 at the age of 41, Chad Jennings of the Lohud Yankees Blog reports. The former Mariner and Yankee said, “I have every intention of playing in the Major Leagues next year.”

Suzuki is not the hitter he used to be, as he has put up subpar numbers in each of the last four seasons, batting an aggregate .275/.308/.353 with 104 stolen bases. This past season, he hit .284 with 15 stolen bases for the Yankees. However, he could still suffice as a fourth or fifth outfielder.

The veteran earned $6.5 million in each of the past two seasons, but he will have to settle for a lower salary to make himself more appealing to teams in need of a bench bat.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of five people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. The pilot, a teammate of Gianna’s, and the teammate’s parent were also killed in the tragic accident.

Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.