Today, Ichiro Suzuki hit an eighth-inning double off of Fernando Rodney to the right field corner. He sent Giancarlo Stanton to third, and he trotted into second base easily, looking mildly annoyed more than anything before he briefly removed his batting helmet to salute the crowd. If you count his 1,278 hits in Nippon Professional Baseball, the double was his 4,257th career hit, which is one more than Pete Rose ever achieved in his major league career.
“It sounds like in Japan, they’re trying to make me the Hit Queen. I’m not trying to take anything away from Ichiro, he’s had a Hall of Fame career, but the next thing you know, they’ll be counting his high-school hits.”
“I don’t think you’re going to find anybody with credibility say that Japanese baseball is equivalent to major-league baseball.”