Monthly Archives: August 2013

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Magazine Cover #19: Sportiva, December 2009

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Game 121: 1-for-5 in 10-3 Win at Boston

Winslow Townson / AP Photo

Winslow Townson / AP Photo

At Bats: 5
Runs: 1
Hits, Game/Season: 1/111
Runs Batted In: 1
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 1
Left on Base: 4
Average: .274
Box
Notes: Played right, batted seventh… Flied to center, grounded to second, struck out looking, grounded to second into a force, RBI single to pitcher (above)… Now five hits from 4,000.
Next: Game 122 at Boston, 4:05 Saturday.

Ichiro Times Trailer


I previously wrote about this app here.

Game 120: 0-for-1 in 8-1 Loss vs. Los Angeles Angels

At Bats: 1
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 0/110
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 0
Average: .275
Box
Notes: Pinch-hit in the ninth… Popped to third… Still six hits to 4,000.
Next: Game 121 at Boston, 7:10 Friday.

Ichiro Art #47

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Found here.

Game 119: 0-for-4 in 11-3 Win vs. Los Angeles Angels

Kathy Willens / AP Photo

Kathy Willens / AP Photo

At Bats: 4
Runs: 1
Hits, Game/Season: 0/110
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 1
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 0
Average: .276
Box
Notes: Played right, batted second… Flied to left, walked, flied to left, grounded to second, grounded to short… Still six hits from 4,000.
Next: Game 120 vs. Los Angeles Angels, 1:05 Thursday.

Ichiro Pitches for NTT (Yet Again)

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Whoa.

Watch the commercial here.

Game 118: Did Not Play in 14-7 Win vs. Los Angeles Angels

Kathy Willens / AP Photo

Kathy Willens / AP Photo

At Bats: 0
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 0/110
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 0
Average: .278
Box
Notes: Still six hits from 4,000.
Next: Game 119 vs. Los Angeles Angels, 7:05 Wednesday.

Return of the Ichiro Impersonator

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He made an appearance over the weekend at Yankee Stadium, albeit in road grays — video.

While we’re at it, here he is earlier in the year, on some Japanese TV show…

I think this is the same guy, running in the Tokyo Marathon in February — pic found here

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Video of him going through the motions in some random location, back when Ichiro was still a Mariner…

Taking a coffee break, found here

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This next picture was posted on the Mariner fan blog Lookout Landing in 2008 — it looks like the same guy, but I’m not totally certain…

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Then there’s this guy

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See all eight Ichiro impersonator posts thus far here.

Game 117: 1-for-4 in 2-1 Win vs. Los Angeles Angels

Kathy Willens / AP Photo

Kathy Willens / AP Photo

At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 1/110
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 1
Average: .278
Box
Notes: Designated hitter, batted second… Flied to left, grounded to pitcher, singled to second (above), grounded to short… Six hits ’til 4,000.
Next: Game 118 vs. Los Angeles Angels, 7:05 Tuesday.

More Thoughts on 4,000

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No, it won’t be official, it won’t “count.” But for Ichiro to amass a combined 4,000 hits between Japan’s NPB and the American majors is still amazing.

An article in today’s New York Times article puts things in perspective…

To include Suzuki’s hits in Japan, on the argument that they came as part of his professional career, opens a can of worms. The same logic could be extended to the minor leagues in the United States and would open the 4,000-hit club to Hank Aaron (3771 + 324 = 4,095) and Stan Musial (3,630 + 371 = 4,001). And that does not account for the partial season Aaron spent in the Negro leagues.

And what about postseason hits? Or spring training hits??

The article also touches on the dark side of the 4,000 hit club — Rose’s gambling, Cobb’s hateful disposition, and Ichiro’s alleged selfishness and aloof nature — and says that Ichiro means “most cheerful boy,” though elsewhere I read it meant “first son.”

If my math is right, he’s on pace to hit number 4,000 on the 18th in Boston or on the 20th at home… I keep wavering on whether he’ll pass Rose’s 4,256 career hits. Whenever I suspect his career is done for, he’ll redeem himself with a hot streak… In any case, at this point he’s a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame — I’ve already decided to visit Cooperstown for his induction.

Game 116: 0-for-4 in 5-4 Win vs. Detroit

At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 0/109
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 1
Left on Base: 0
Average: .279
Box
Notes: Played right, batted second… Grounded to second, flied to center, struck out swinging, popped to second… Still seven hits away from 4,000.
Next: Game 117 vs. Los Angeles Angels, 7:00 Monday.

Ichiro Congratulates Junior

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Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame at Safeco Field tonight. During the pre-game ceremony, Ichiro’s (non-embeddable) video message played on the big screen — watch it here.

Game 115: 1-for-4 in 9-3 Loss vs. Detroit

Rich Schultz / Getty Images

Rich Schultz / Getty Images

At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 1/109
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 1
Average: .282
Box
Notes: Played right, batted second… Grounded to first, grounded to pitcher into a force, flied to right, singled to center… 17th stolen base of the season… Seven hits away from 4,000.
Next: Game 116 vs. Detroit, 1:05 Sunday.

Game 114: 3-for-5 in 4-3 Win vs. Detroit

Mike Stobe / Getty Images

Mike Stobe / Getty Images

At Bats: 5
Runs: 1
Hits, Game/Season: 3/108
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 1
Average: .282
Box
Notes: Played right, batted second… Singled to left (above), singled to left, grounded to second, singled to second, popped to second… Eight more hits until 4,000.
Next: Game 115 vs. Detroit, 1:05 Saturday.

Approaching 4,000

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Ichiro is now just 11 hits away from 4,000 in his professional career — that would be 1,278 hits over nine seasons in Japan, plus 2,722 hits in thirteen seasons as an American major leaguer. So far, only Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, and Julio Franco have reached the 4,000-hit milestone.

Pete Rose finished with 4,256 in his major league career, while Ty Cobb ended up with 4,189. Taking international play into consideration, Julio Franco amassed 4,229 hits in his 26-year professional career, spread between Major League Baseball (2,586 hits), Minor League Baseball (618), the Mexican League (316), Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball (286), the Dominican Winter League (267), and the Korean Baseball Organization (156). As far as I know, nobody else has reached 4,000 professional hits, no matter what league(s) they played in.

Ichiro thinks he can pass them all. With typical understatement, he says in this New York Times article, published Thursday: “If I am able to play in enough games, I think I can do it… But it’s not like that’s the goal, just to get there. I don’t feel like that’s the end. When I do get there, obviously, it will feel good. But it’s not going to be this overwhelming feat that is going to change anything.”

The same article makes some projections:

To match Rose’s total, Suzuki will need 2,978 hits in the majors. At that point, he would need just 22 more to become the 29th player to reach 3,000 hits strictly in the United States… This season, Suzuki has 105 hits in 405 plate appearances, batting .278. Suzuki, who is signed through next season, is on pace to finish with 151 hits this year. If he winds up with 140 hits this year and 140 again next year, he will have 4,164 total hits and will be within striking distance of Rose’s mark in 2015.

I have plans to see the Ichiro and the Yankees in Toronto on August 26, 27, and 28. Though I’d love to see him hit number 4,000, he’ll probably get there beforehand.

Ichiro’s Littlest Fans Update!

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Viv (L) and Bea (R) are seven months old tonight!

This is how they looked at one month, wearing the same shirts.

Game 113: 1-for-2 in 6-5 Loss at Chicago White Sox

Charles Rex Arbogast / AP Photo

Charles Rex Arbogast / AP Photo

At Bats: 2
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 1/105
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 1
Average: .278
Box
Notes: Defensive substitution in right in the eighth, batted second… Singled to right, flied to center.
Next: Game 114 vs. Detroit, 7:05 Friday.

Ichiroach & Me

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Though I vowed never to speak of Ichiroach again, I gotta mention that I met him at tonight’s Northwest League All-Star Game.

He’s even creepier in person insect.

Game 112: 1-for-1 in 3-2 Loss at Chicago White Sox

David Banks / AP Photo

David Banks / AP Photo

At Bats: 1
Runs: 1
Hits, Game/Season: 1/104
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 0
Average: .277
Box
Notes: Pinch-hit in the ninth… Singled to left.
Next: Game 113 at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 Wednesday.