Former NY Yankee Retires from Baseball
You don't have to be a Yankee fan to tip your hat as this former New York teammate leaves the field for the last time. Ichiro Suzkui, simply referred to as Ichiro throughout his Major League Baseball career, spent just a short amount of time with the Yankees, but his over all career (spanning 27 seasons) is still amazing.
He is the all-time hits leader in the sport (3,089 since he came to the US in 2001 and another 1278 during his career in Japan). Did we mention that he played a total of 2,653 games during that career?
His career in the United States started with the Mariners, wearing the number 51, which was special to him, but when he came to the Yankees he was sporting 31 on his back. Why? Ichiro has gone on record saying that although he had played his career up to that point with the number 51, he didn't feel right asking the Yankees to let him use the number that had been synonymous with Bernie Williams until he left the team in 2006. Thus his time in the Bronx was with 31.
- Seattle Mariners (2001–2012)
- New York Yankees (2012–2014)
- Miami Marlins (2015–2017)
- Seattle Mariners (2018–2019)
Sad to see this guy leave the field, but glad to know that he was able to finish up his time where he had a lot of great memories, with his Seattle team on his 'home turf' in Japan. As you leave the field, I will be tipping my hat.