Ichiro Suzuki – The journey to 3,000 hits

Ichiro Suzuki is the 30th member of Major League Baseball’s 3,000-hit club.

* Born October 22, 1973, in Kasugai, Japan

* Played 9 seasons in Japan’s Pacific League, where he collected 1,278 hits

* 7-time Pacific League All-Star and Pacific League MVP three times

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* Made Major Leage Baseball debut on April 2, 2001, playing for the Seattle Mariners

* Owns MLB record for hits by a rookie (242 – 2001)

* In his rookie season, he batted .350 and stole 56 bases, becoming the first player to lead the league in both categories since Jackie Robinson in 1949.

* Voted Rookie of the Year and AL MVP in his rookie season

* Owns MLB record for hits in a season (262 – 2004)

* 10-time MLB All-Star

* Hit the only inside-the-park home run in All-Star Game history (July 10, 2007)

* Named 2007 All-Star Game MVP

* Had 200 or more hits 10 times in his MLB career (2001-2010)

* His longest MLB hitting streak? 27 games

* 1st MLB hit: Single, vs. Oakland A’s T.J. Mathews (April 2, 2001)

* 100th MLB hit: Single, vs. Colorado Rockies’ Brian Bohanon (June 12, 2001)

* 500th MLB hit: Double, vs. Detroit Tigers’ Jeremy Bonderman (May 16, 2003)

* 1,000th MLB hit: Single, vs. Philadelphia Phillies’ Jon Lieber (June 14, 2005)

* 1,500th MLB hit: Single, vs. Oakland A’s Lenny DiNardo (July 29, 2007)

* 2,000th MLB hit: Double, vs. Oakland A’s Gio Gonzalez (Sept. 6, 2009)

* 2,500th MLB hit: Single, vs. Arizona Diamondbacks’ Daniel Hudson (June 19, 2012)

* 3,000th MLB hit: Triple, vs. Colorado Rockies’ Chris Rusin (Aug. 7, 2016)