Ichiro Suzuki: MLB’s most well known Iron Man. He’s been playing forever, and it seems that he will never officially retire. Although he’s done for 2018, there’s still speculation that he will return in 2019.
Ichiro has been playing major league baseball since 1992 in Japan for the Orix Blue Wave in Kobe, Japan. He made his move to the MLB landing in Seattle in 2001. Since then he has played in Seattle for 13 years. The Yankees and the Marlins splitting the other five. Over these long 18 years, Ichiro has amassed an astonishing 10 All Star Game appearances, 509 Stolen Bases, and 3089 hits. A definite Hall-of-Fame worthy career.
In an article by ESPN, it states that Ichiro’s baseball life was instilled upon him from a very young age, which originally made him hate the game. But over time he kept playing. When he was young a strict respect regime was instilled upon him. This respect for the game can still be seen today. Ichiro is a very meticulous player, with everything having a place. Even though he is late in his career, he is still playing top percent baseball.
As the Season progresses, Ichiro will take over a front office position as a Special Assistant General Manager. The Mariners play in a division with young talent such as Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, Many fans look to see what he will do in this position, will he bring the team to glory and win the AL West or will they settle towards the bottom. They have the talent to be a very successful team, but the main question is how can they put it all together so that it flows smoothly like the Seattle Sound into the Pacific Ocean.
Now onto the big question: when will he enter the Hall of Fame where he so rightfully belongs?
When he retires, the hall of fame is the obvious next step, and he will most likely be a first ballot choice. He is baseball’s Iron Man, has virtually no enemies or haters in the league, and has been a household name for 18 years now. So only time will tell when he will finally finish his long illustrious career and fully enter baseball legend.