Ichiro - Hall of Famer ?
Tonight I'll be attending the Seattle Mariners game at Busch Stadium. This rare opportunity for me to see the "Great Ichiro" brings to mind my thoughts on Suzuki possibly becoming the first Japanese born MLB player to be elected to our National Hall of Fame.
Since his "semi-splashy" debut with the Mariners in 2001, Ichiro has averaged 150 games played, 220 hits, a .332 average, a .880 OBP, per year and has been a superb outfielder amassing 8-10 assists per season while committing 2-3 errors.
Suzuki's 9 All Star selections, 9 Gold Gloves, 3 Silver Slugger Awards, 2 Batting Titles, 9 top 10 seasons in Stolen Bases, plus his 2001 selection as both AL Rookie of the Year and AL MVP seem like cusp numbers for HOF election.
Assuming he is able to play 3-5 more years as he is currently 37, if Ichiro puts up similar seasons he will in my opinion indeed become the first Japanese born MLB star to gain enough support for election to the hallowed halls of Cooperstown.