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Ichiro Suzuki Newsbeat

Monday, December 02, 2019

Ichiro Suzuki threw a 131-pitch complete game against group of teachers

Ichiro Suzuki retired from Major League Baseball in March, but over the weekend he showed he’ll never, ever be done with baseball.

The Kyodo News reported that Ichiro suited up for an amateur team of local Kobe, Japan, acquaintances and took on the teachers of Chiben Wakayama, a local high school with an excellent baseball program.

Around 3,000 people connected to Chiben Wakayama were in the stands, according to the Kyodo News, and the game attracted a huge media contingent of 80-plus people. The game took place at Hotto Motto Field in Kobe, which is significant for Ichiro. It’s the stadium he first played in when he began his career with the Orix Blue Wave (now the Orix Buffaloes) back in 1992.

Maybe it was the field that inspired Ichiro, or maybe it’s that he’s still a world-class baseball player at age 46. He tossed a 131-pitch complete game, using a rubber ball that’s traditionally used in “kusayakyu,” or neighborhood baseball. He allowed six hits, no runs, no walks and struck out 16. At the plate, he went 3 for 4 with a walk — a very Ichiro day. Ichiro and his team ended up beating the teachers of Chiben Wakayama 14-0.

Something to add to the list of things that Ichiro could do because he wanted to…..

 

QLE Posted: December 02, 2019 at 09:22 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, position players pitching

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Ichiro wins Seattle’s heart again with moving speech ahead of walk-off win

The Seattle Mariners are spending their penultimate weekend at home this season honoring future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki’s career with “Ichiro Weekend,” which kicked off Friday night in Seattle.

The 45-year-old retired from playing after the Mariners’ season-opening series against the Oakland Athletics in his native Japan. Ichiro has been serving as a special adviser to the team since early in the 2018 season, but came back to take the field for a final time in Tokyo.

After playing the first of three games against the White Sox on Friday, the Mariners hosted Ichiro Fireworks Night. Then Saturday night, in addition to giving out Ichiro bobbleheads, the team staged a pregame ceremony in his honor — before the team walked off on an Omar Narvaez homer to win 2-1.

Ichiro, who throughout his career did most of his public speaking in Japanese through a translator, addressed the crowd for five minutes in perfect English. Current team members and fellow franchise legends Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez stood behind him.

QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 11:53 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: farewell, ichiro suzuki, mariners

 

 

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