Ichiro Suzuki singled in the second inning of yesterday’s game against the Oakland Athletics to reach the 1,500 hit milestone for his career. With the hit, Ichiro became the third fastest players to reach 1,500, which he accomplished in 1,060 games. Al Simmons and George Sisler both achieved the mark in less time, although neither of them reached the illustrious 3,000.
Reaching more than 200 hits in each of his previous six seasons in the Major Leagues, Ichiro also owns the single-season hit record with 262, which he obtained in 2004 while hitting .372. In addition to his 1,501 hits (he got two hits in the previously mentioned game), Ichiro also sports a career .332 batting average and 264 career stolen bases.
Spending his first nine seasons of professional baseball in Japan’s Pacific League, Ichrio accumulated 1,278 hits for the Orix Blue Wave. In total, Ichiro has 2,779 hits in the US and Japan, in 16 total seasons. He will be 34 in October and many believe he can play another ten years in the Majors because of his easy hitting style and slim body type.