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Ichiro Suzuki Newsbeat

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Ichiro is back with the Mariners. Expect to see him in Seattle and Tacoma this season

Former All-Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was back in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse Tuesday afternoon participating in coaches meetings as he gets ready to begin a new role with the organization.


“I will say he’s the first coach I’ve ever had come into a coach’s meeting with batting gloves on,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said, smiling. “But, it didn’t really surprise me that much.”

The club announced Tuesday that Ichiro will maintain his title from last season as Special Assistant to the Chairman, but will now report to general manager Jerry Dipoto.

Ichiro could give helpful advice- if he wanted to….

QLE Posted: May 01, 2019 at 03:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching, ichiro suzuki, mariners

Monday, April 08, 2019

Albert Pujols passes Ichiro Suzuki on all-time hits list

Angels DH Albert Pujols entered Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rangers tied with Ichiro Suzuki in 23rd place on Major League Baseball’s all-time hits list at 3,089. Pujols broke the tie to secure 23rd place all to himself with a third-inning single to right field.

There are eleven players who have fewer than 200 hits more than Pujols- how many of them will he catch?

 

QLE Posted: April 08, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, hits, ichiro suzuki

Friday, April 05, 2019

Ichiro Suzuki turns down Japan’s prestigious People’s Honor Award

International baseball star Ichiro Suzuki turned down the prestigious People’s Honor Award, Japan’s top government spokesman said Friday.

Suzuki, who retired from professional baseball last month, instructed his agent to notify the government of his intention to decline the award, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press briefing in Tokyo.

The 45-year-old former major leaguer said he wishes to “devote himself so he can receive it when he draws the curtain on his life,” according to Suga.

“We will respect his thoughts and we will not go forward with (offering him the award) following his retirement,” the top government spokesman said. “He is a superstar who has given many people dreams and hopes, and I look forward to his future endeavors, together with the Japanese people.”

Is it safe to say that Ichiro turned this down because he wanted to?

 

QLE Posted: April 05, 2019 at 03:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, declined, ichiro suzuki

Friday, March 29, 2019

Ichiro from start to finish

Transcript from the interview following Ichiro’s last game.

tl;dr - Ichiro is awesome.


“Thank you, Ichiro’: Dee Gordon takes out full-page ad in The Seattle Times dedicated to Ichiro

The decision process came during a sleepless night after the team returned from Tokyo.

“One night I was kind of jet lagged and still up and I texted my agent in the middle of night, telling him I want to do this,” Gordon said.

Gordon’s agent, Nate Heisler, contacted the Times about the possibility on Saturday, March 23, inquiring about taking out an ad on behalf of his client.

The next task was deciding on what Gordon wanted to say in the ad. He wanted to thank Ichiro for everything that he’d meant to him, which wasn’t easy to put into words. So he sat down and began to write out what he wanted to say via text message.

“It came from the heart, but my agent definitely edited it,” he said. “I text like I talk sometimes. It ain’t perfect English every time.”


Sunday, March 24, 2019

Thinking man’s game

At his retirement press conference in the early morning hours of March 22 in Tokyo, Suzuki lamented American Baseball’s newest thing, an obsession with launch angle that has fueled home run and strikeout rates.

“The baseball played in America in 2019 has completely changed since I arrived in 2001,” he said. “It’s moving toward a game where you can now get by without using your head. I wonder how this might change. I don’t see this trend stopping over the next five years, or 10 years or for the forseeable future. Fundamentals mean nothing. Perhaps saying that might cause trouble. (Saying) that looks like it definitely will be a problem.”

“On a fundamental level, baseball is a game that requires thinking. That it’s losing that makes me sick. America is baseball’s birthplace, and I believer that a lot of people have a sense of urgency over what the game is becoming. So I think there is no need for Japan’s game to follow America’s. The Japanese game should be a thinking, interesting brand of ball. As long as this trend in America does not stop, I hope Japanese ball doesn’t change and that we remember to cherish it.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2019 at 03:32 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Angels’ Ohtani thankful for shout-out from Ichiro

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — During his news conference in Tokyo after playing his final game, Ichiro Suzuki mentioned young Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani, saying the two-way player could be one of the best in the world.

Ohtani was flattered to hear that from his idol.

“Obviously, it’s one of the most honoring things coming from Ichiro and I’m really thankful he went out of his way to mention my name at his retirement press conference,” Ohtani said Friday through an interpreter.

Ohtani did send a text message to Ichiro to congratulate him on his stellar career and got a reply.

Does this mean that Ohtani will now be the one capable of all sorts of things if he wants to?

QLE Posted: March 23, 2019 at 10:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: changing of the guard, ichiro suzuki, shohei ohtani

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Ichiro Forever

It’s hard to picture baseball without Ichiro. Every MLB season since 2001, from the moment he arrived in Seattle having already become a star with seven NPB all-star seasons under his belt, there he was. Already half-out of the batter’s box, as he connected with his inimitable slap swing. Wildly rounding third as he went first-to-home on a double. In right field, making the frozen-rope throw to third that never stopped catching runners by surprise, no matter how many times they’d seen it. That, at least never, deserted him.

It’s telling that in this, his final game, even as it remained tied, the Mariners were never tempted to remove Ichiro for defensive purposes. He was still the best right fielder they have. Again, he is 45.

For that he can thank his insane training methods and commitment—he once claimed he swore off taking vacations after a weeklong trip to Italy in the winter of 2004 threw off his exercise schedule. Again, it’s kind of hard to believe that’s true—but Ichiro apocrypha is one of baseball’s treasures. We expect foreign players to arrive attached to legends too good to check, but Ichiro created his own myths, even here, before our eyes and cameras and notepads. How he was reliably a beast in batting practice and could’ve hit 40 home runs a year if he wanted to be that type of player. (Barry Bonds once said Ichiro could win the Home Run Derby.) How he could instantly discern a good bat from a bad bat by tapping the barrel once with his fingernail. How he had no idea who Tom Brady was. How he would ####-talk opposing players in their own language, English or Spanish. Were these stories true? Does it matter? For Ichiro as for no other player, certain things felt possible.

28 seasons in one of the two top professional leagues in the world.  4367 hits. 2078 runs scored.  A .322 career average, .311 in MLB.  The all time single season hit record of 262.  And that’s just the on the field product.  He was one of the most influential players in the last 40 years of baseball, proving that position players could come to MLB and not only play, but be superstars.  We were so, so lucky to live in a time where we could watch him.

 


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Opening day intrigue: Ichiro keeps ‘em guessing about future

TOKYO — This is the Ichiro effect.

Richard Snitzer had never been to Japan. What finally drove the Japanese-American to travel here from his home in Hayward, California, was Ichiro Suzuki; not family ties, not pure wanderlust, but a chance to see a player he called “simply the best.”

And get this. He’s not even a Mariners fan, which he’s advertised by wearing his A’s jersey around the Tokyo Dome.

He’ll be there Wednesday when Major League Baseball opens the 2019 season with Seattle facing Oakland to start a two-game series. The 45-year-old Ichiro is expected to play in both. What happens next? Ichiro isn’t saying.

Ichiro, of course, will keep them guessing, because he wants to.

 

QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: future, ichiro suzuki

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Ichiro arrives in Tokyo, a sure sign baseball only days away

Ichiro Suzuki has arrived in Tokyo, a sure sign the Major League Baseball season is only days away from starting.

Wearing a gray and black hat pulled down to cover most of his head, the 45-year-old Seattle Mariners star slipped quickly through the arrival gate on Friday at Haneda Airport with hundreds of reporters and fans getting only a quick glimpse.

The Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics arrived within hours of each other on Friday on charter flights from the United States. They play on Wednesday and Thursday at the Tokyo Dome in the first two games of the 2019 season.

Ichiro could have ended winter six weeks sooner, if he wanted to….

 

 

QLE Posted: March 16, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, japan, neutral site games, opening day

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Mariners can’t wait to see reaction for Ichiro in Japan

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Jerry Dipoto never met Ichiro Suzuki in person until the day he was reintroduced as a member of the Seattle Mariners during spring training in 2018.

Suzuki’s one request for the hoopla that surrounded his return to the Mariners was the news conference and ensuing activities be kept, in his words, “casual.”

“The entourage arrived, and it looked like the CIA arrival for the president. It was dark windows, suburbans, and Ichiro rolled out and he walked into my office in what I can only describe as something off the runways type of suit,” Dipoto, the team’s general manager, recalled. “It was like a $5,000 suit that looked as crisp and clean as you can imagine. Impeccable knot in his tie with the dark sunglasses. My first reaction to him was not to shake his hand and introduce myself or the like, I slapped him in the chest and said, ‘I thought we were going casual?’ He said to me, and this was my intro to Ichiro, he said to me, ‘To me, this is casual.’”

 

 

QLE Posted: March 07, 2019 at 03:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, japan, mariners

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Suzuki starts likely last spring opener with a hit for M’s

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki still felt the nerves of competition at age 45.

Suzuki started what may be his final spring training with a two-run, two-out single in the third inning Friday of the Seattle Mariners’ opening 8-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.

Batting seventh and playing left field, Suzuki fouled out in the second inning against Liam Hendriks and singled in the third off left-hander Ryan Buchter. Suzuki then was replaced by a pinch runner. He did not have any chances in the field.

Ichiro could appear in another twenty or thirty spring trainings- if he wanted to….

 

QLE Posted: February 23, 2019 at 05:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, mariners, retirement tour, spring training

 

 

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