Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki drilled a double down the right field line in the ninth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Padres. That is hit number 4,257 of Ichiro’s career, including his nine seasons in Japan and 16 in the U.S. Combined, he now has more hits than “hit king” Pete Rose.
As mentioned when Ichiro tied Rose in the first inning Wednesday, there’s debate over whether Ichiro’s performance in Japan should be combined with his hits in Major League Baseball. Personally, I don’t really care either way. I just think Ichiro is a fun player to watch and any opportunity to celebrate him as a player is worth taking. So, congratulations to Ichiro for surpassing Pete Rose on the all-time hits list.
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Ichiro is also now at 2,979 hits in just the majors, leaving him 21 hits shy of becoming the 30th member of the 3,000 hit club.