Ichiro Suzuki to retire, leaves the field to a standing ovation

May JohnsonMar 24, 2019

At the ripe old age of 42 and still going strong as a member of the Marlins, Ichiro collected his 3,000th career Major League Baseball hit after whacking a triple to right field against the Colorado Rockies.

The diabolically placed infield single was just one of many Ichiro trademarks during a career in which, Mariners teammate Mike Cameron once marveled, it seemed like he was playing chess at the plate.

Ichiro's teammates met him outside the dugout for a proper send-off in a three-minute tribute.

One of the most fantastic stats that bookends Ichiro's career.

Earlier this week, Ichiro Suzuki officially retired from Major League Baseball at the age of 45.

Though rumors about Suzuki's retirement swirled past year, the outfielder finished the 2018 season at the Mariners' front office as special assistant to the chairman and didn't rule out a return.

Ichiro went on to collect 4,367 career hits in both Japan and North America, the most in professional baseball history. Of things he said, I think the big thing is, 'Get results.

Suzuki, 45, announced his retirement in front of the crowd at today's Mariners-A's game in Japan.

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He was 2 for 25 in spring training games, and then 0 for 6 in two exhibition games in Japan this week against the Tokyo Giants.

"It was the greatest gift for me to be able to spend time with him". Sign me up. Although Rivera has a record 652 saves for his career, it was Suzuki who got the best of him on this night. "Nothing can top what happened tonight for me". 10 straight seasons of 200 hits, an Major League Baseball record 262 hits in a season, multiple All-Star games and Gold Gloves.

Asked about his tears at Ichiro's celebratory exit, Gordon said, "I was just glad you guys did this for him". While that ended up not being the case, he gave Mariners fans quite the thrill in his last at-bat of the series, drilling a home run to send the crowd into a frenzy.

Ichiro became the second-oldest position player to start an opener, only trailing long time Major leaguer Julio Franco, who was a few months older when he played for the Atlanta Braves in the 2004 season opener.

Beckham got three hits and three times.

Baseball purists can argue over whether or not Ichiro's hits from Japan should "count" all they want, it doesn't make this moment any less impressive. Seattle opens the regular season at home March 28 against the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

-New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird was scratched from the team's spring training game because of swelling and stiffness in his right elbow, manager Aaron Boone said.

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