Ichiro surpasses Pete Rose as unofficial all-time leader with 4,257th hit
Ichiro Suzuki picked up the 2,979th hit of his major-league career on Wednesday against the San Diego Padres. Combined with his 1,278 hits in Japan, Suzuki now unofficially surpassed Pete Rose's all-time hit record with 4,257 hits.
Ichiro tied Rose's MLB record of 4,256 with an infield single earlier in the game.
Rose, of course, collected all of his hits in the majors and hasn't been shy about telling everyone that Ichiro isn't really going to dethrone him as the all-time hit king. And it all has fueled quite a debate within the baseball community.
Nonetheless, it's an amazing accomplishment for Ichiro, who debuted in the majors at age 27 in the 2001 season with the Seattle Mariners. Now 42 years old, Ichiro has his batting average hovering around .350 as a part-time outfielder with the Miami Marlins.
The Padres beat the Marlins at San Diego's Petco Park, 6-3.