Congratulations, Ichiro!

Conor · September 17, 2008 at 8:15 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

The man is a machine.

For the eighth-consecutive year, Ichiro has recorded 200+ hits. Ichiro has eight of the 11 200-hit seasons in Mariners’ history  and tonight’s game brings him up to 1792 hits over his MLB career—268 more than the next closest player, Derek Jeter, over that span. You can even spot Jeter an extra year and Ichiro still comes out on top!

The milestone ties Ichiro with Wee Willie Keeler for most-consecutive 200-hit seasons and the only players to ever collect more in their career are Pete Rose with 10 and Ty Cobb with nine.

Congratulations, Ichiro!


22 Responses to “Congratulations, Ichiro!”

  1. msb on September 17th, 2008 8:24 pm

    excellent choice for a first entry, Conor.

    Niehaus asked if he planned to ‘be a man possessed’ to break the record next year, and Ichiro (through Ken Barron) laughed and said something like ‘if I said yes, the fans would say, there are 11 games left, don’t be stupid thinking about next year’

  2. Carson on September 17th, 2008 8:26 pm

    Post game, Drayer asked Ichiro:

    “Sometimes it seems like it is a difficult thing for you. This time you seemed a little more relaxed. What did it feel like walking up to the plate right before hit number 300 for you?”

    Ichiro’s response:

    “To tell you he truth, it’s ben a huge struggle, it’s not been relaxing at all. But for people to have that observation shows that I have been able to fool people. So in that way I was able to accomplish a goal as well. But the truth is, it’s not easy. So when I heard that question, it made me a little mad.”

    While talking, and during the translation, he was laughing and smirking the whole time. Love it.

  3. khardy on September 17th, 2008 8:41 pm

    Best first post ever.

  4. Scooter4 on September 17th, 2008 8:50 pm

    Ichiro is incredible on the field and off.

  5. Sinking Away on September 17th, 2008 8:56 pm

    Welcome to USS Mariner, Conor. Great first post. Congratulations Ichiro. You are an incredible baseball player. Your skill and your endurance are a tribute to your hard work. Thank you for your hard work.

  6. Red Apple on September 17th, 2008 9:10 pm

    Ichiro’s quote makes me want to gently caress my own face. In Cleveland.

  7. scott19 on September 17th, 2008 9:22 pm

    Awesome first post, Conor! 🙂

    Also, awesome accomplishment, Ichiro! It goes without saying that it’s been a very tough season for us fans as well…though again this year, you make our “labor of love” worth every minute. Thank you for all you do!

  8. Steve T on September 17th, 2008 10:06 pm

    Ichiro’s a great player, sure, but I think he’s the greatest interview in baseball history. When’s volume two of his Wit and Wisdom coming out?

  9. DAMellen on September 18th, 2008 12:55 am

    I’d still prefer a lead off hitter who takes a walk occasionally.

  10. naviomelo on September 18th, 2008 1:22 am

    He’s got a career OBP of .377 and never been below .350 in any season. I think you’ll have to look elsewhere if you want to criticize Ichiro.

  11. pinball1973 on September 18th, 2008 3:16 am

    Ichiro helps make life worth living – not the only reason, mind you, but a strangely important one anyway.
    Thanks, and congratulations, Ichiro!

    — Your fan since ’94 in Kobe (who unknowingly, accidently saw probably your first public appearance as a rookie for Orix in ’92)

  12. Jar on September 18th, 2008 5:58 am

    I was there to see it. The Kansas City fans gave him a standing-o. Good work Ich!

  13. terry on September 18th, 2008 6:58 am

    What are Ichiro’s chances of beating Rose’s decade?

    I think it’ll be tough.

  14. TotallyNotWilly on September 18th, 2008 8:16 am

    May Ichiro still be in Seattle when he ties Pete Rose with his 10th 200 hit season!

  15. Gomez on September 18th, 2008 8:40 am

    Wow, he snuck those last few hits in pretty quickly. I remember back when there were about 19 games left, Ichiro needed to average a hit a game to get to 200. And now he’s already there!

    Ichiro is something else.

  16. Evan on September 18th, 2008 9:48 am

    Sixteen hits during the last ten games.

  17. phismi on September 18th, 2008 11:17 am

    Ah, a ray of sunshine in a dark season. Thank you, Ichiro!

    Say what you will about Raul or WFB, Ichiro is the public face of this franchise as far as I’m concerned.

  18. msb on September 18th, 2008 1:16 pm

    Wow, he snuck those last few hits in pretty quickly.

    the Glory that is Gil Meche.

  19. heyoka on September 19th, 2008 12:44 am

    Now may he not fail to reach 100 runs.

  20. Rain Delay on September 19th, 2008 10:08 am

    Conor thought I’d let you know that you got some love from Aaron Gleeman.

    # Friend of Conor Glassey has joined the writing team at my favorite non-Twins baseball blog, U.S.S. Mariner.

  21. JLP on September 19th, 2008 3:57 pm

    Now may he not fail to reach 100 runs.

    That’s also partly to do with his underachieving teammates, also.

    Welcome, Conor. Short and sweet to start out, and it couldn’t have been better.

    Congrats to Ichiro. No doubt in my mind he’ll do it all again next year.

  22. JLP on September 19th, 2008 4:44 pm

    Let me just put out one more also. Is if two weren’t enough.


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