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Saturday, July 28, 2012
Sure, Ichiro Suzuki is not in his prime anymore. He’s not the same hits machine with otherworldly bat control who annually made All-Star teams, challenged for batting titles and made Seattle swoon.
But when you watch Ichiro in his new, pinstriped threads, it’s worth remembering that you are seeing one of the game’s all-time greats, a no-doubt Hall of Famer who may be 38 years old, but may still have a little something left, too. Let’s put it this way — he’s declined, obviously, but this isn’t Willie Mays as a Met.
That’s true. Mays was better…much better.
Forget any handwringing over Ichiro’s sinking stats or whether he’s much of an upgrade. Trading two minor-leaguers for him is a no-lose move for the Yankees, and they are getting a guy who can at least still play the outfield and perhaps generate some offense with his legs. There are so many Yankee fans these days who fret over whether all those Bronx Bomber home runs will dry up in October, so celebrate a guy who might manufacture threats with speed or a single.
Heck, maybe he’ll even add some homers. That short porch in right field at the Stadium could help get Ichiro a few quick home runs, rejuvenating him. And maybe playing for the contending Yanks can get him to a wider audience than 12 years of 10 p.m. start times in the Pacific Northwest ever could.
“He’s going to be on nationally televised games a lot over the next two months,” Joe Girardi said. “That’s the way of the Yankees. I think it can do a lot.”
Posted: July 28, 2012 at 07:03 AM | 64 comment(s)
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