Ichiro Suzuki is global icon, not only in terms of his profession as a Major League Baseball outfielder for the New York Yankees, but an international phenom. Ichiro known simply as Ichiro, the baseball legend is revered in his native Japan as a hero and cultural superstar. He is a rarity in terms of professional sports as a player who has exceled to all-star status in two professional sporting leagues in two different countries.
After moving to the United States in 2001 to play in the MLB, Ichiro began collecting a number of batting records, including the sport’s single-season record for hits with 262. He compiled ten consecutive 200-hit seasons, which still stands as the longest streak by any player in history. Ichiro stands third on the all-time hits list, behind only Pete Rose and Ty Cobb (including his hits from both the Japanese league and Major League Baseball.
Ichiro began his Major League Baseball career as the Seattle Mariners’ right fielder in 2001. He became the second Japanese-born everyday position player in the major leagues and led the American League in batting average and stolen bases en route to being named Rookie of the Year and MVP.
Ichiro is the first MLB player to enter the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame (The Golden Players Club). He is a ten-time MLB All-Star, winning the 2007 All-Star MVP Award. Ichiro won a Gold Glove award in each of his first ten years in the MLB, and has had seven hitting streaks of 20 or more games, maxing out at an astounding 27.
While Ichiro has become a household name in the United States based on his iconic status in the Major Leagues, in his home country of Japan, he is nothing short of a national hero.