Ichiro Suzuki Collects Career Hit Number 4,000 – VIDEO
New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki singled off of Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey in the first inning on Wednesday night, as he joined Pete Rose and Ty Cobb as the only players with 4,000 career hits at the highest levels of professional baseball.
In seven seasons with the Orix Blue Wave, with Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, Ichiro hammered out 1,278 hits, before coming to the United States, where he now has 2,722 major league hits, a mark that places him 59th on the all-time major-league hit list.
Ichiro made has MLB debut at the age of 27, with the Seattle Mariners, collecting 2,533 hits, before being traded to the Yankees in July of 2012, where he has since collected an additional 188 hits.
All of the 2,722 MLB hits that 39-year old Ichiro has collected have come after the age of 27. By comparison, between the ages of 27-39, Pete Rose had 2,658, Ty Cobb had 2,300, and Stan Musial had 2,229, while Ichiro's teammate, Derek Jeter, who is still currently active at the age of 39, has 2,300 career hits.
Rose is the all-time Major League Baseball hits leader with 4,256, while Cobb is second with 4,189.
Ichiro, a 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, who won both the American Rookie of the Year, as well as the AL Most Valuable Player Award in 2001, collected 200 or more hits in his first ten MLB seasons, from 2001-2010, with a high of 262 in 2004.