41-year-old Ichiro Suzuki NEEDS to play two more seasons of Major League Baseball. He’s exactly 156 hits shy of reaching the coveted 3,000 hit mark.
Actually, it seems nothing more than a personal goal for the all-but guarenteed Hall of Famer. Ichiro came over from Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball to the Seattle Mariners in 2001.
His first year playing in the United States went a little like this: he was named to his first of ten straight All-Star games, won the first of ten straight American League Golden Gloves in right field and won the first of his three Silver Slugger Awards. Oh, he was also named A.L. Rookie of the Year AND MVP of the league.
There was little interest when he first hit free agency this offseason. No one really wants to sign a 41-year-old to a two-year deal, even if he is so talented that everyone knows him by just one name. Still, there had to be a team out there willing to step up and work with Ichiro and on finally has.
Ichiro’s talks with the Miami Marlins have intensified in recent days, so much so that the Marlins are looking at offering him a two-year deal.
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