Ichiro Suzuki Celebrity LifeIchiro Suzuki is a professional baseball player from Japan, who has dominantly played in top leagues across Japan and the USA for 28 seasons. He played for the Orix Blue Wave in Japan and for the New York Yankees, Miami Marlins and Seattle Mariners in the US.
He has the thundering record of finishing his career with a total of 4367 hits. His brilliance in the sport has been recognized with a multitude of words in both MLB and Japan.
Ichiro was born and brought up in the small town of Toyama in Japan. His baseball trainer was his father, who taught him to be disciplined and the ability to concentrate on the sport. Heavy practice from an early age turned him into a pro player. He also made sure that young Ichiro had the hunger to seek and strive for better performance.
He played for his high school baseball team and started his career brilliantly. Years later in 1991, he was drafted to the Orix Blue Wave in NPB Pacific League as a professional player. He holds the record of being the first Japanese professional baseball player, who has 200 hits during a single season of NPB. He played in Japan till 2000, after which he joined the Seattle Mariners in MLB.
Ichiro's Career and Popularity
After joining the mariners in 2001, he made an immediate impact by finishing the season with 242 hits. His tremendous fielding on the right projected him as a star performer in the US media. He wore the jersey number 51 while playing for the mariners. His performance attracted audiences from either side of the Pacific. He was the cover of the renowned magazine "Sports Illustrated" that year.
His team Mariners made a record of winning 116 out of 162 games on that year, which was a huge record for them. He made a remarkable achievement by winning the MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in the same season. He made the most number of hits(262) in a single season.
He also won the Golden gloves award for ten consecutive seasons while playing here. His scintillating performance also led to him getting selected in the All-Star team for ten consecutive seasons as well. He played for the Mariners till 2012.
He joined the Miami Marlins in 2015 and played for them till 2017, after which he returned to the Mariners where he ultimately finished his career in 2019.
His work ethic led to an illustrated sports career and took him to the list of one of the top 100 most beloved athletes in sports history. He has an exhibition hall after him in his hometown, which was set up by his father. His generosity is well recognized by the people of Japan. He has a boys league named after him in Japan. He performs in a number of TV advertisements in Japan and is a character in the popular anime series "Kyoshimo".
Ichiro broke a multitude of records and won a number of titles during his career. The significant awards won by him include:
- Most seasons with 200 or more hits.
- Most singles by the rookie, in 2001.
- Most singles by a left-hander in 2004.
- Most games with five or more hits(4)
- Most at-bats by a rookie(692 in 157 games).