Sunday, September 26, 2010
Card Of The Week September 26
On Thursday, Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners reached 200 hits for the 10th straight season. Ichiro was, of course, the first player in Japan to ever get 200 hits in a season when he did it back in 1994. (He currently holds the record for most hits in a season in both the NPB - 210 hits in 1994 - and MLB - 262 in 2004). His 10 200 hit seasons ties him with Pete Rose for the most 200 hit seasons in Major League history.
Since Ichiro first crossed the 200 hit mark, only Norichika Aoki (in 2005) and Alex Ramirex (in 2007) had followed. Until this year. Three players this season have reached 200 hits, Norichika Aoki (again), Matt Murton and Tsuyoshi Nishioka. In fact, Murton and Aoki have shots at beating Ichiro's record - Murton has 203 hits with 9 games to play and Aoki has 200 hits with 8 games left (numbers from Yakyu Baka).
In the meantime, however, Ichiro remains the record holder, celebrated here in a card from the "Untouchable Records" subset in the 1995 BBM set (#325).