E.S.P.JEN: MLB -- Ichiro Suzuki Makes History And Gets 4,000th Professional Hit
Ichiro Suzuki got his 4,000th hit last night in a professional career that has been split between the U.S major leagues and Japan.
The 39-year-old outfielder reached the milestone with a single in the first inning of his New York Yankees' 4-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, off of pitcher R.A. Dickey.
Suzuki got 1,278 of his hits in nine seasons in Japan and the rest since he came to the major leagues in the U.S. in 2001. He has the most hits through the first 13 seasons of a big league career, and in 2004 set a new record for hits in a season with 262, topping the previous record of 257 set by George Sisler in 1920.
The only two players to have reached the 4,000 hits milestone only in the major leagues are all-time hits leader Pete Rose, with 4,256, and Ty Cobb with 4,191.
Congrats to Ichiro!