Dustin Bradford Getty Images
Ichiro Suzuki: All-Star and Gold Glove winner, whose dizzying success paved the way for other Japanese players in America – retired after the Seattle Mariners game against the baseball team Oakland A & # 39; s on Thursday capped with cheering audiences in Tokyo as he emotionally ended the game he had transformed over his record-breaking career.
It was expected that Ichiro, one of the best players in the world, will officially retire after the series. He has retired since when he joined Mariners' Front Office last year. But on Thursday he had officially set it. He decided on a career that began in 1992 in the Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball League and competed in the MLB for the Mariners, Yankees and Marlins before returning to Seattle where he spent his first 12 years of American Career
Ichiro was one of the best players in the game, finishing his NPB career with an average of .353. He scored a staggering .311 during his MLB career. He holds the MLB record for hits in a single season when he scored a whopping 262 with the Mariners in 2004 and had ten consecutive 200 seasons. But he was also an incredible outfield talent, earning ten Gold Gloves over the course of his MLB career.
But statistics tell an incomplete history of the 45-year heritage. Sure, he's part of the 3,000-hit club – but more importantly, he was one of the first Japan-born positional players to sign up in an MLB squad, paving the way for other players to leap from Japan to the States. Unsurprisingly, he was the first MLB player to be inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. After a legendary career, it is almost certain that he also has a place in Cooperstown.
Ichiro's longevity – more than a quarter of a century on the diamond – is probably due in part to his infamous training and preparation programs. Even during the off-season, he barely released days, and implicated the last time he had vacationed more than a decade earlier. "Never again," he said. He pushed himself forward and into the history books by spending long periods in the impact cages – and strangely, he valued his team's training facilities for his own metal cargo container in team training facilities containing his training equipment. "My body is built so that when I'm not exercising, I'll put more strain on my body and become more tired," he said in 2017.
But Ichiro showed his age during his appearance in the Mariners A & # 39; s series in Tokyo and finished his illustrious career on a groundout – and with a hug from Marin Grinsy Jr.
The Mariners won the last game of Ichiro in his home country, 1945, – 5: 4. On Thursday was the Japanese bowler Yusei Kikuchi on the hill and made his MLB debut in the same game in which his hero had last called for a curtain.