Monthly Archives: May 2012

Ichiro Comics #14

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Game 53: Did Not Play in 21-8 Win at Texas

Rick Yeatts / Getty Images

At Bats: 0
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 0/57
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 0
Average: .271
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Notes: M’s manager Eric Wedge gave Ichiro his first day off of the season, after starting in 150 consecutive games dating back to last June… Before the game, in which the M’s scored an amazing 21 runs, he signed autographs (above).
Next: Game 54 at Chicago, 5:10 Friday.

Magazine Cover #11: The Sporting News, May 20, 2005

Game 52: 1-for-3 in 10-3 Win at Texas

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At Bats: 3
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 1/57
Runs Batted In: 1
Walks: 1
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 0
Average: .271
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Notes: Groundout, groundout, single, RBI sac fly.
Next: Game 53 at Texas, 5:05 Wednesday.

Video: Ichiro Suzuki Amazing Play!!!

Looks like he spikes the catcher on a close play at the plate, then nonchalantly strolls away from the ensuing shoving match.

Game 51: 1-for-4 in 4-2 Loss at Texas

Brandon Wade / AP Photo

At Bats: 4
Runs: 1
Hits, Game/Season: 1/56
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 1
Average: .271
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Notes: Reached on fielder’s choice, groundout, single, flyout.
Next: Game 52 at Texas, 5:05 Tuesday.

Nine Japanese Baseball Cards


These appear to be sponsored by Tongari Corn, whose ads Ichiro has appeared in. Perhaps they were promotional giveaways?

Game 50: 0-for-3 in 4-2 Loss vs. Los Angeles

Elaine Thompson / AP Photo

At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 0/55
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 1
Left on Base: 2
Average: .271
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Notes: Strikeout, groundout, grounded into double play, groundout.
Next: Game 51 at Texas, 5:05 Monday.

Ichiro’s Interpreter Ken Barron

Personally, I think it’s weak that Ichiro still relies on an interpreter after over a decade in the U.S., especially when most foreign-born players half his age don’t use one. I suspect the interpreter serves more as a buffer between Ichiro and the press than as a translator. Anyway, read about Ken Barron here, here, and here.

Game 49: 0-for-4 in 5-3 Loss vs. Los Angeles

Elaine Thompson / AP Photo

At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 0/55
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 3
Average: .276
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Notes: Grounded into double play, groundout, groundout, groundout… At least he looked good, as the M’s donned ’50s Seattle Rainiers throwbacks. The ever-fashionable Ichiro enhanced his uni with a red “Ichiro” branded elbow pad and red shoelaces.

Elaine Thompson / AP Photo

Next: Game 50 vs. Los Angeles, 1:10 Sunday.

Ichiro Art #32


What’s this — some kinda flyer?

Game 48: 1-for-4 in 6-4 Loss vs. Los Angeles

Elaine Thompson / AP Photo

At Bats: 4
Runs: 1
Hits, Game/Season: 1/55
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 2
Average: .282
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Notes: Groundout, double (above), groundout, popout.
Next: Game 49 vs. Los Angeles, 4:15 Saturday.

Baseball Card of the Week: 2005 Topps Heritage #7

Game 47: 1-for-4 in 3-0 Loss vs. Los Angeles

Otto Greule Jr. / Getty Images

At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 1/54
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 2
Left on Base: 1
Average: .283
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Notes: Grounded into force out, strikeout, double (above), strikeout… Seventh stolen base of the season… Bonehead play in the fourth: after catching a fly for the second out, trotted towards the dugout thinking it was the third out, allowing Albert Pujols to advance a base.
Next: Game 48 vs. Los Angeles, 7:10 Friday.

More Ichiro Gifs

Game 46: 0-for-4 in 5-3 Win vs. Texas

Otto Greule Jr. / Getty Images

At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 0/53
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 1
Left on Base: 2
Average: .283
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Notes: Lined into double play, groundout, groundout, strikeout.
Next: Game 47 vs. Los Angeles, 7:10 Thursday.

Ichiro Comics #13

As usual, I don’t know what this is about. See the whole thing here.

Game 45: 2-for-4 in 3-1 Loss vs. Texas

Otto Greule Jr. / Getty Images

At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 2/53
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 2
Average: .290
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Notes: Single, flyout, grounded into force out, single (above).
Next: Game 46 vs. Texas, 12:40 Wednesday.

Fake Ichiro Baseball Card #7


Too bad it ain’t real, ’cause it’s a beaut… Read about it here.

Game 44: 2-for-4 in 6-1 Win vs. Texas

Kevin P. Casey / AP Photo

At Bats: 4
Runs: 1
Hits, Game/Season: 2/51
Runs Batted In: 2
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 1
Left on Base: 3
Average: .285
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Notes: Triple, two-run single (above), grounded into force out, foul-tip strikeout… Five-for-six in two games this year against rookie countryman Yu Darvish.
Next: Game 45 vs. Texas, 7:10 Tuesday.