Today in Sports History: March 21

In 2019, Japanese baseball right fielder Ichiro Suzuki finished his career with a record 4,367 base hits (NPB & MLB) as the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland A’s, 5-4 in Tokyo, Japan. In total, Ichiro played 28 seasons of professional baseball. Nine seasons were spent in the NPB in Japan and the rest in the MLB. Ichiro holds a number of batting records, including MLB’s single season record for hits with 262. Ichiro has also recorded the most hits of all Japanese born players in the MLB, his 10 consecutive 200 hit seasons is the longest streak maintained by any player in the MLB. Ichiro retired in 2019 at the age of 45. Ichiro’s 3089 career hits in the MLB ranks him no.24 on the all-time list for most career hits. Ichiro’s other MLB accolades include AL Rookie of the year (2001), AL MVP (2001), 2x AL batting champion, AL stolen base leader (2001),  10x Gold Glove Award, and 10x All-Star.

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