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10/01/2005 Archived Entry: "MLB News (with Japanese Implications): Ichiro breaks another hits record"

MLB News: Ichiro breaks another hits record
by Craig Tomarkin

Last night Ichiro went 4-5, crossing the 200 hit milestone for the 5th time in his first five mlb seasons. He is the first player to accomplish this feat. In doing so, he raised his average to .301. If he keeps his average above .300, he would also have done this for all five seasons. His career mlb average is .332

While his .301 average is his lowest so far, he managed 15 homers, his highest. Ichiro has also stolen 30+ bases every year. As well, his fielding remains outstanding, achieving his highest range factor (2.52) and most put outs (374) this season. He's a model of consistency in all aspects of the game.

The is significance to these feats goes beyond Ichiro. He clearly established himself as a Hall of Fame calibur player. Under the curremt rules for eligibility, he needs 10 years of mlb experience. However, in Ichiro's case, he had to play 9 or 10 years in Japan before he was permitted to join the mlb.

If his career were to end next year would you vote him in? What implications does this have for Sadahara Oh?

Replies: 1 Comment

Not convinced on Ichiro's qualifications for the HOF? I forgot to mention his winning the AL MVP in his rookie year, his winning the AL batting title twice, and most remarkably his breaking Hall of Famer George Sisler's 84-year-old record of 257 hits in a single season (Ichiro had 262). :)

Posted by Craig Tomarkin @ 10/01/2005 08:52 AM EST

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