No love for 3,000 hits? I know it’s old news (Aug 7th)*, but we did get an A-Rod retirement thread on that day. I went back 7 pages looking for an Ichiro post and was surprised no one posted anything.
Ichiro is now one of 30 MLB players with 3,000 hits. Pretty cool that the 42 year old legged out a triple on his 3,000th hit. Ichiro and Rose are the only players with 3,000 hits in their first 16 seasons and he is tied with Rose for most 200 hit seasons (10). He started his “rookie” season as a 27 year old helped usher in the influx of Asian position players.
IMHO - Class act player with a beautiful swing and sure to be in the HOF. His jersey, cleats, arm guard and batting gloves he wore when he hit #3,000 were sent to the HOF.
My cool story – I met (briefly) his parents and wife after a Braves game last summer.
* I’ve been busy and neglected this blog recently. SIAP - I looked!