Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill praised the work of 41-year-old outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, as Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Despite a paltry .242/.297/.296 triple-slash line, no Marlin has played in more games than his 140. Furthermore, he has played above-average defense according to both scouts and the stats.
Along with praising the veteran, Hill said the Marlins will attempt to bring Suzuki back for the 2016 season. The full quote, via Sherman:
“We are very pleased with the job he’s done for us. Who would’ve thought at the beginning of the season that he’d lead our team in games played? It speaks to the number of injuries we’ve had. Anyway, we will wait until the season ends, but I anticipate us trying to bring him back.”
Suzuki is also on the verge of a major milestone. He enters play Saturday with 2,933 hits in his major league career and will likely reach 3,000 early in the 2016 season.
Suzuki signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Marlins in January. The team intended to use him as a fourth outfielder, but injuries forced them to use him on an everyday basis.