When he tied Pete Rose’s 4,256 hits record (Japan and MLB) people really took a look at Ichiro Suzuki’s hit total. What did they realize? Well, at the age of 42, Ichiro was closing in on his 3,000 MLB hit.
Now, on August 7, 2016, Ichiro has finally hit his 3,000th hit. He is now the 30th major league baseball player to be in the 3,000-hit club. But, he is the first from Japan to do so. He made his major league debut at the age of 27 that leads to him being the oldest member to join the club.
The hit came as a triple off of Colorado Rockies pitcher Chris Rusin. Alex Rodriguez( until the 12th) is the only other active member of the club.
Before becoming a Marlin in 2015, Ichiro played along with Rodriguez for the NY Yankees for three season after playing his first 12 MLB seasons with the Seattle Mariners.
This milestone proves even more than Japanese born players can succeed in the MLB.
In Japan, Ichiro had seven Gold Gloves, seven All-Star games and three MVPs to go along with being in their Hall of Fame.
With MLB, he has had 10 Gold Gloves, 1 MVP and 10 All-Star games. Having 200-hits for 10 straight seasons has never been done besides anyone but Ichiro.
This season, splitting time in right field, he is hitting .317 and has an on-base-percentage of .388 which leads the Marlins.