*Ichiro Suzuki’, simply known as Ichiro, was born on October 22, 1973 in Toyoyama, Nishikasugai, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. He plays right field for the Seattle Mariners.*Japan Leagues’Ichiro played for the Orix Blue Wave for nine years.
When the Blue Wave made him available for MLB contact after the 2000 season, his rights were won by the Seattle Mariners and he signed a contract with them.
Major LeaguesIchiro was under a lot of pressure, as the first Japanese position player in the Major Leagues. Japanese pitchers were successful in the US, but it was believed that Japanese players could not handle major league pitching. Ichiro proved them wrong, and indeed won Rookie of the Year honors in 2001 (no doubt helped by the fact that he finished first in batting average and stolen bases, the first player to accomplish this feat since Jackie Robinson).
Ichiro has won a Gold Glove award in each of his first seven years in the majors as an outfielder. His normal position is right field. He spent 2007 and early 2008 in center field, but then returned to right.
He holds many Mariners club records, some of which include most multi-hit games, most infield singles, most stolen bases, and most games hit safely. He also has two five hit games.
Despite his skills, Ichiro has often been criticized in that he is only a singles hitter. He cannot win the game for you on one swing, as could Manny Ramirez, for example.
Career NoteIchiro has tied the record with most consecutive 200-hit games at seven. If he compiles a 200-hit season in 2008, he will break that record.
PersonalIchiro lives with his wife Yumiko in Medina, an affluent suburb across Lake Washington from Seattle.