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OF Suzuki done playing in 2018, joins Mariners front office

04 May, 2018, 12:59 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Ichiro prepares to take the field Wednesday night against Oakland

And after 27 seasons at the professional level, it appears as though Ichiro is calling it quits.

"With Ichiro's track record of success, his personality, his unique perspective and his work ethic, he is singularly positioned to impact both our younger players and the veterans in the clubhouse", Dipoto said.

Ichiro will still be with the Mariners' big-league team, possibly even in uniform before games. He's just 9 for 44 (.205) with no extra-base hits. Ichiro is still holding out hope to play the 2019 season. He didn't want a farewell tour, like we've seen with other great players recently, including David Ortiz and Derek Jeter. "Nothing is going to change for me that I did as a player", Suzuki said.

"While this agreement only covers the 2018 season, it is our goal that Ichiro be a member of the Seattle organization long-term". "He's very appreciative of them bringing him back". Obviously, he will not be playing in 2018.

Ichiro Suziki has apparently ended his major league career where he established his Hall of Fame legacy in Seattle with the announcement Thursday that the Japanese baseball icon will shift from the field to the front office of the Mariners.

Only a handful of people knew Wednesday was the final game of the 2018 season for Suzuki.

The final at-bat for Ichiro in the big leagues will be a swinging strikeout in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics on May 2.

While Suzuki struggled at the plate, he did have a few defensive gems, including robbing Cleveland's Jose Ramirez of a homer on the opening weekend of the season and reminding everyone of his greatness as an all-around player. He'll sit down in his chair, and immediately Dee Gordon is sitting next to him and Mitch Haniger is turning sideways and he's across the row. Here is a look at the five best players in Seattle Mariners history. He led the majors with 56 stolen bases and was named the American League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year, while also earning a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger. After notching 1,278 hits during his nine years (1992-2000) with the Orix Blue Wave of Japan's Pacific League, Ichiro has a combined 4,367 hits between MLB and Japan.

Gordon, who played with and befriended Suzuki while the two were with the Miami Marlins, said his paean was something that came from the heart.

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