Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

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

 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Harveys Wallbangers
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogNumbers Suggest Mike Trout's Best Days Are Already Behind Him
(41 - 12:14am, Dec 09)
Last: eric

NewsblogOT - College Football Bowl Spectacular (December 2019 - January 2020)
(11 - 12:09am, Dec 09)
Last: Gold Star - just Gold Star

NewsblogMiller, Simmons elected to HOF on Modern Era ballot
(24 - 11:59pm, Dec 08)
Last: John DiFool2

NewsblogOT - 2019 NFL thread
(173 - 11:41pm, Dec 08)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogHow Chris Archer, complete with a 5-plus ERA, is setting an example everybody can follow
(3 - 11:26pm, Dec 08)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogCaptain Obvious
(61 - 10:10pm, Dec 08)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogYankees Have Reportedly Made $245MM Offer To Gerrit Cole
(19 - 10:04pm, Dec 08)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogReport: Nationals bring back postseason hero Howie Kendrick on one-year deal
(2 - 10:03pm, Dec 08)
Last: flournoy

NewsblogThe Hall of Fame Case for Ted Simmons
(7 - 9:37pm, Dec 08)
Last: base ball chick

NewsblogThe Hall of Fame Case for Thurman Munson
(10 - 8:38pm, Dec 08)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogChicago Cubs facing federal review over Wrigley Field access
(2 - 8:27pm, Dec 08)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogRyan Thibs’ Hall of Fame Tracker
(374 - 8:26pm, Dec 08)
Last: Meatwad

NewsblogMLB to allow teams to sell local digital streaming rights: Here's what it means
(1 - 8:13pm, Dec 08)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogAn honest look at the Pirates’ frugal free-agent history under Bob Nutting – The Athletic
(12 - 7:55pm, Dec 08)
Last: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad)

NewsblogOT - November* 2019 College Football thread
(602 - 7:51pm, Dec 08)
Last: Red Voodooin

Page rendered in 0.9435 seconds
49 querie(s) executed