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Five Fun Facts About Ichiro Suzuki

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on May 24, 2016

Very few players are known simply by one name, but when you are as good as Ichiro Suzuki, that’s guaranteed to happen. A lot of baseball fans were skeptical of Ichiro‘s abilities when he came to Major League Baseball from Japan, but he has gone on to prove each and every one of them wrong. Here are five fun facts about Ichiro Suzuki.

Ichiro Suzuki Hits Home Runs

Two of Ichiro’s first four career home runs were hit off of Rangers pitcher Jeff Zimmerman. He hit the first of his career off of him on April 6, 2001 and then the fourth of his career off of him on July 2, 2001.

Ichiro Suzuki & Hideo Nomo?

In a 5-1 victory over the Red Sox in 2001 during his rookie season with the Mariners, Ichiro Suzuki was hit by a pitch for the very first time. The pitcher who hit him was Hideo Nomo.

10 Straight Gold Gloves

Amazingly, Ichiro Suzuki won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award 10 years in a row. This happened in his first 10 seasons of Major League Baseball play.

What Would You Trade For Ichiro Suzuki

With the Mariners in rebuilding mode in 2012, Ichiro came to management and asked for a trade. The team would send him to the Yankees and in return receive Danny Farquhar and D.J. Mitchell.

Ichiro Suzuki’s First All-Star Game Hit

In the 2001 MLB All-Star Game held in Seattle, Ichiro’s first one, he got the first All-Star Game hit of his career off of former Mariners star pitcher Randy Johnson who had made the team while pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks that year. This was Johnson’s tenth and final All-Star Game. After reaching base, Ichiro would then steal second with another former Mariner, Alex Rodriguez, at the plate.

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