Should Ichiro Suzuki be spoken in the same breath as the Hit King, Pete Rose?
Ichiro has surpassed Rose for professional hits (2980 in MLB and 1278 in the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan = 4258 vs. Rose’s record of 4256 in MLB).
While those in Japan are celebrating Suzuki as their true Hit King, in America, we seem to yawn and say, “When you get to 3000 let us know”.
I congratulate Ichiro on his career accomplishments but I also know that calling it “professional baseball” isn’t the same as calling it Major League Baseball. We don’t count minor leaguer’s hits when they get to the “bigs”. … Read the rest