What an achievement! International baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki has beaten Pete Rose’s all-time hits record in professional baseball, striking his 4,257th hit against San Diego Padres on June 15. Click here to see how Ichiro broke the 30-year record.
He did it! Those who were lucky enough to have been at Petco Park on June 15 saw history being made! Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, 42, beat Pete Rose‘s all-time hits record in professional baseball, smashing his two hits to eventually record his 4,257th hit in a game against the San Diego Padres. What an incredible achievement, well done Ichiro!
Although some fans might grumble that it wasn’t the true record, because he achieved his hits record across Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league. But it’s still an amazing moment, and we shouldn’t get too snooty with this one.
Ichiro began his record-breaking day in style, leading off the top of the first inning with a base hit off Luis Perdomo. He followed that up by getting around to score on a Christian Yelich single, which brought him level with Pete.
He then had to wait till the 9th inning where he doubled and surpassed Pete’s total with 4,257th hit, and he lapped up the applause from his teammates and a standing ovation from the crowd. What a moment!
— MLB (@MLB) June 15, 2016
Again, baseball fans have played down Ichiro’s record in comparison to Pete’s because Ichiro achieved 1, 278 of those hits in Japan. In terms of MLB hits, he’s on 2,979 and that’s still a far way off Pete’s record.
However, with 21 more hits, Ichiro will become the 30th player in the history of the game to achieve 3,000 hits. That’s certainly not a record to be sniffed at.
It really is a remarkable achievement by Ichiro, even if he didn’t achieve all those hits in the North American major league. His name now will go down in the history books for a very long time!
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