Pete Rose may have the all-time hits leader now but if Ichiro Suzuki plays after 2015, he may not have it anymore.
On Saturday, August 15,2015 Suzuki hit his 4,192 hit in his professional career. He passed Ty Cobb on the all-time professional list. Suzuki’s total is a combined total between his MLB career and his Japanese career. His MLB hit total is 2,913. Pete Rose has 4,256 total hits.
In Suzuki’s first season in MLB, he hit 242 hits with a batting average of .350. According to Sport’s Illustrated, 2004 should be considered his best season. He had a 262 hits with his average at .372. In the majors, he hasn’t hit less than 206 hits a season. Suzuki is also a 10-time All-Star. His MLB hits total is 2nd among active players. Alex Rodriguez leads with 3,042.
This past offseason he signed an one-year contract with the now last place Miami Marlins worth $2 million. In only 109 games so far, he has a .253 average and a .310 on base percentage.
We do not know how much longer Ichiro will play but until he retires, it will be in the back of our mind that he may be the one to catch Pete Rose. Suzuki turns 41 in October 2015.