Ichiro Suzuki, often known simply as Ichiro, is a native Japanese outfielder currently playing for the New York Yankees following his trade from Seattle Mariners in July of 2012. He was born October 22, 1973, in Toyoyama, Nishikasugai, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
Ichiro moved to the United States in 2001 after playing nine years for the Orix Blue Wave in Japan's Pacific League. When the Blue Wave posted him after the 2000 season, Ichiro's rights were won by Seattle and he signed a contract with the Mariners. He became the first Japanese-born everyday position player in the Major Leagues. Ichiro did not miss a beat in his transition. He immediately established himself as one of the premier players in the Major Leagues, surpassing his accomplished career in Japan.
2004 was his most impressive offensive season yet, as he set several MLB records, including a new all-time, single-season Major League record with 262 hits. Ichiro, equipped with one of the strongest and most accurate throwing arms in the league, is generally recognized as one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball. He has won a Gold Glove award in each of his first seven years in the majors, all seven as an outfielder.
Ichiro is the first MLB player to join The Golden Players Club. He was also voted the 2007 All Star Game MVP, going three for three and hitting the event's first ever inside-the-park home run.¹
Ichiro was named the American League's Most Valuable Player in 2001. Below are his MVP stats.
Ichiro Suzuki's 2001 MVP Season YEAR TEAM LG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA 2001 SEA AL 157 692 127 242 34 8 8 69 30 53 56 14 .350
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