Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Mariners nearing reunion with Ichiro Suzuki

Mariners nearing reunion with Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Suzuki, now 44, last suited up for the Mariners over five years ago. Sources say he will sign once he clears a physical test.

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It would be a welcome homecoming for Ichiro, who spent the first 12 years of his Major League Baseball career with the Mariners.

Ichiro is a two-time batting champion and a 10-time All-Star. The left fielder joins a list of already ailing Mariner outfielders, with both Mitch Haniger and Guillermo Heredia now sidelined with injuries.

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Ichiro Suzuki, at 44 years old, is getting closer to continuing his major league career where it all began - with the Seattle Mariners. Right fielder Mitch Haniger has tendinitis in his hand, and reserve outfielder Guillermo Heredia is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. After three years in NY and three with the Miami Marlins, Ichiro received a buyout when Miami did not pick up his option.

He played with the Seattle Mariners from 2001 to 2012 before heading to the New York Yankees in a mid-season trade.

Ichiro is only the sixth player who is 43 years of age or older to have 50 hits or more in a season. A 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove victor, Ichiro holds the record for hits in a season with 262 and has had 10 200-hit seasons during his career. But he managed 27 pinch hits, one short of a single season record.

His batting average of.255 for the season was the second lowest in his 17-year U.S. career.

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