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Ichiro Suzuki Reaches 3,000

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Ichiro Suzuki, mononymously known as Ichiro, has officially joined Major League Baseball’s exclusive 3,000 hit club.

Ichiro recorded his 3,000th hit (a triple, second to do so since Paul Molitor in 1996) off of Colorado Rockies pitcher Chris Rusin in the seventh inning of the Miami Marlins 10-7 victory at Coors Field.

Earlier this season Ichiro tied Craig Biggio, Ken Griffey Sr., and Ty Cobb for the most hits in a three game span by a 40-plus-year-old with 10 (Joe Morgan has the most with 11 hits). He also became the first 42-year-old to go 4-for-4 or better in a game (per Fox Sports).

Christian Yelich’s absence at times this year (due to injury) allowed Ichiro more playing time and plate appearances. Needless to say, Ichiro made the most of his opportunities and is currently slashing  .318/.389/.373 in just 94 games this year.

For Ichiro, reaching 3,000 hits is just another incredible feat to go along with an already legendary career.

Below is a short list of his career highlights, awards, and achievements:

 

  • Became only the second MLB player since Fred Lynn (1975) to win both the Rookie Of The Year award and Most Valuable Player in the same season in 2001.
  • Set the single-season hits record in 2004 with 262, edging previous record holder George Sisler (257 in 1920) by five hits.
  • In 2010 he finished his 10th consecutive season with at least 200 hits (an MLB record). The only other player to do so was Pete Rose, though his 10 seasons were not all consecutive, rather accumulated.
  • Became the first and only MLB player to hit an inside-the-park home run during an all-star game in 2007.
  • Once stole 45 consecutive bases from April 19, 2006 to May 17th, 2007, which ranks him second in MLB history behind Vince Coleman’s 50 consecutive games (September 16th, 1988 to July 26th, 1989).
  • For his 16 year MLB career, Ichiro currently holds a .314/.357/.406 slash line with 113 home runs, 743 RBI, and 500 stolen bases.
  • Fun Fact: If you included Ichiro’s nine year Japanese League career hit total of 1,278 (he began his MLB career at age 27), he would surpass both Ty Cobb and Rose on the all-time MLB list with 4,278.
  • Becomes only the seventh MLB player to have 3,000 hits and 500 steals in a career.
  • Becomes second player to reach 3,000 hits in his first 16 seasons.

Ichiro is the 30th MLB player (fourth foreign born player) to reach 3,000 hits and is tied with the equally legendary Roberto Clemente on the all-time list.

 

Final Thoughts:

Ichiro’s nickname, per BaseballReference.com, is “Wizard”. This couldn’t be more fitting as his baseball career has been nothing short of magical.

He’s arguably one of greatest hitters of all-time, ranking somewhere in the top 10 (maybe even top five) amongst varying baseball experts.

Suzuki will become a free agent at seasons end, and it would come as no surprise to see him ride off into the rising sun (though he has told reporters he plans on playing to age 50).

 

(All statistical information is courtesy of BaseballReference.com, Fox Sports.com, ESPN.com, and the Marlins official twitter feed)

 

 

 

 

 

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Yankees’ Preparing Record-Setting Contract Offer for Gerrit Cole

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The New York Yankees are looking to make free agent front-line starter Gerrit Cole an offer he simply cannot refuse.

According to the New York Times’ Bob Klapisch, the Yankees are working on a making a record-setting seven-year, $245 million contract offer to Cole, which would set  anew mark for pitchers in terms of overall value as well as average annual value.

According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman and Mark Feinsand, while the Yankees have not officially made the offer to Cole, they are not far from doing so. Cole and his agent Scott Boras have requested interested teams to submit their initial offers.

Cole is expected to draw interest from the Los Angeles Dodges and and the Los Angeles Angels, who could throw their hat in the ring of what could be a fevered bidding war to land Cole, who is widely considered to be the cream of the free agent crop this year.

The Yankees have made it their priority to sign Cole this offseason, and appear to be taking a clear, and aggressive approach, to get that deal done as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

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Rays’ Blake Snell Rips Tommy Pham Trade During Twitch Stream

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Tampa Bay Rays’ ace pitcher Blake Snell wasn’t a big fan of the Rays recent trading of Tommy Pham to the San Diego Padres for veteran outfielder Hunter Renfroe and infield prospect Xavier Edwards, and aired his thoughts during a recent stream on Twitch.

Snell, who is one of many MLB players trying to battle it out as one of the best Twitch channels, was streaming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on one of his Twitch streams when the news initially broke regarding the trade, and offered his raw, unfiltered reaction.

Snell gripes that “We gave Pham up for Renfroe and a damn slapd–k prospect?”. While Snell went on to talk more on the trade, and even later apologized on the stream and told the the Tampa Bay Times he was just frustrated over losing Pham.

Pham was a big part of the Rays postseason run last season.

“I apologized on [Twitch] just saying I’m sorry I’m just upset we’re losing a guy like Tommy who helped our team in so many ways!” Snell said in a text to the Tampa Bay Times. “Didn’t mean any disrespect to Edwards who I didn’t know who he was until after I said that. I was just sad to lose Tommy. … Pretty much we could’ve got [Nationals rookie Juan] Soto, I was just sad to lose Tommy. It’s tough losing someone you respect so much and enjoy being around.”

“He actually reached out to me earlier today and explained that he was a good friend of Pham’s and he kind of just reacted in that moment and said what he said, but that he didn’t mean any disrespect or any hard feelings,” Edwards said. “I’ve got to take him at his word, and just looking forward to getting after it.”

Despite the apology, it didn’t stop the incident from hitting the top of Twitch news, sports news, and even esports news over the weekend.

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Cubs Non-Tender Addison Russell

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While the Chicago Cubs tendered contracts to six arbitration-eligible players for the 2020 season, there was one notable name they decided to non-tender: Addison Russell.

According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Russell, 25, will now hit free agency following five years with the Cubs, the last two proving to be rough for the infielder.

The Cubs tendered Russell for 2019 after he was suspended for 40 games near the end of the 2018 season for violating the league’s domestic abuse policies, forcing him to miss the first 28 games of the 2019 season.

Russell, a National League All-Star in 2016, was later demoted to the minors, after he struggled on the field.

“We decided to non-tender Addison Russell today simply because the role we expected him to play for the 2020 Cubs was inconsistent with how he would have been treated in the salary arbitration process,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said in a statement. “In the year since we decided to tender Addison a contract last November, he has lived up to his promise to put in the important self-improvement work necessary off the field and has shown growth, as a person, as a partner, as a parent and as a citizen. We hope and believe that Addison’s work will continue, and we have offered our continued support of him and his family, including [ex-wife] Melisa [Reidy].

“In the last year, the organization has also put in the important work necessary to bolster our domestic violence prevention training for all employees, all major league players, all minor league players and all staff. We also offered healthy relationship workshops for the players’ partners and provided intensive, expert domestic violence prevention training for player-facing staff. This heightened training and our increased community involvement on the urgent issue of domestic violence prevention will continue indefinitely. We wish Addison and his family well.”

Russel was a key factor in the Cubs winning the World Series after a 108 year drought back in 2016, with a Grand Slam in Game 6 which catapulted the Cubs back from a 3-2 deficit in the series.

 

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