Ichiro Suzuki on Thursday walked off the Tokyo Dome area to a standing ovation as he left what’s considered the ultimate recreation of his main league profession.
The 45-year-old Seattle Mariners star — who was a hero in Japan earlier than he ever performed in MLB — waved goodbye to the group within the eighth inning, ending the two-game Opening Sequence towards the Oakland Athletics 0-for-5 with two walks. He was greeted by his teammates and Corridor of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. within the dugout.
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One of many teammates who met Ichiro was Mariners beginning pitcher Yusei Kikuchi. The left-handed pitcher, who signed with the Mariners in January and made his MLB debut on Thursday, broke down in tears as the 2 embraced.
Ichiro is broadly thought of to be one of many best hitters of his time and is a positive Corridor of Famer when he turns into eligible.
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If Thursday was certainly his last recreation, he would have compiled 3,089 hits, a .311 batting common and a .757 OPS with one American League MVP award, 10 Gold Glove awards and 10 All-Star picks in 18 seasons with the Mariners, New York Yankees and Miami Marlins.
The Related Press contributed to this report.