Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki recorded his 3,000th career major league hit with a triple off of the wall in right field at Coors Field in the seventh inning on Sunday. He had been 0-for-3 before lacing a 2-0 Chris Rusin cut fastball that would’ve been a home run if the wall had been shorter. Suzuki is the 30th member of the 3,000 hit club.
After Suzuki settled down at third base, his Marlins teammates spilled out of the dugout and crowded around Ichiro, with a handful of players giving him celebratory hugs. When play resumed, Suzuki scored on an RBI single by Jeff Mathis to pad the Marlins’ lead to 9-6.
This season, Suzuki is batting .317/.387/.380 in 231 plate appearances. Since 1901, the only players to take at least 200 trips to the plate and bat .315 or better at the age of 42 or older are Suzki, Tony Perez (1985), and Sam Rice (1932).
Earlier today the Major League Baseball Umpire’s Association made multiple posts on social media registering its displeasure at what it feels was the league’s weak discipline of Manny Machado following his run-in with umpire Bill Welke. It was an unusual statement, as it’s not common for umpires, individual or via their union to comment on such matters.
This evening, in an official statement, the league called it inappropriate:
“Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado’s conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline. Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires. We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”
That final bit, about workplace violence, is something that I didn’t really consider when I read the umps’ statements, but it’s a damn good point. In an age where people are literally shooting up workplaces, umpires making reference to that kind of thing in response to a player throwing a bat is pretty rich indeed. And in pretty poor taste.