Ichiro Suzuki opened the 2012 MLB season with a splash, well four to be exact. Ichiro’s performance got me thinking about the career .326 hitter. He is arguably the best hitter of his generation. What we must realize, Ichiro will go into baseball history as one of the best hitters all-time . I make this statement based on batting average and not number of hits. Ichiro is 38 years old and may not play long enough to attain the 3,000 hit mark. However, in ten years of Major League play, he has accumulated over 2,400 hits. The best comparison to recent players is probably Tony Gwynn. Yes, there is Wade Boggs and Ichiro’s contemporary Derek Jeter. However, from a pure hitter perspective, Ichiro, like Gwynn, can simply make contact on almost anything. I wanted to make a quick post about this topic. In the end, Ichiro’s name will stand along with other greats, and in Cooperstown too.
Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you think!