September 23, 2010 by staff
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners outfielder, and probably the best leadoff hitter in baseball, Ichiro Suzuki became the first MLB player to string together ten consecutive seasons of 200 hits. He smacked his 200th hit on Thursday afternoon in the fifth inning of a 1-0 loss to the Blue Jays.
Ichiro is the record set by Pete Rose, who also compiled 10, 200-hit seasons, but he did intermittently rise in his 24-year career in the majors. Ichiro has collected 200 hits or more each season since he signed with the Mariners in 2001, and exceeded Wee Willie Keeler’s record of nine consecutive seasons of 200-hit back in 1901.
Despite finger pointing on the road, yet Suzuki received a standing ovation for the hit record, and even left the dugout to tip his helmet to the cheering crowd.
Suzuki led the major’s results for six of his 10-year MLB seasons; he led the league in that category for the past four seasons.
Jose Bautista has also reached a milestone in the battle with Seattle, snapping his home race of the year to 50 years off Felix Hernandez in the first inning. It is the first MLB player to hit 50 home runs in a season since Prince Fielder and Alex Rodriguez did in 2007.
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