Sports: Marlins’ Ichiro acknowledges narrow meaning of latest feat

(From The Asahi Shimbun)

Ichiro Suzuki expressed his gratitude for the warm ovation given him by the fans at PETCO Park, but the Miami Marlins star did not hesitate to put his record-breaking accomplishment in perspective.

The 42-year-old outfielder rapped a ninth-inning double down the line against the San Diego Padres on June 15 to bring his career hits total to 4,257, surpassing Pete Rose’s major league total.

Ichiro Suzuki smacks a record-breaking double in the ninth inning of the Miami Marlins game against the San Diego Padres on June 15. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)

Ichiro Suzuki smacks a record-breaking double in the ninth inning of the Miami Marlins game against the San Diego Padres on June 15. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)

Fans applauded Suzuki’s feat, but the former Orix BlueWave outfielder acknowledged the difficulty of combining hits from Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball.

“It would be completely different if Pete Rose was happy about this, but since I have heard that is not the case, that is why I also do not hold much interest in it,” Suzuki told reporters after the game. “I hope a player emerges in the United States who will break Pete Rose’s record. Read more



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