Our man has now completed his second Grapefruit League season, with lackluster stats. Going 12 for 50 with seven runs, two doubles, no triples, no home runs, seven RBI, and three stolen bases, he compiled a line of .240/.339/.364.
The 40-year-old’s numbers have been in decline for a few years now, but he has no plans to quit: “Retirement from baseball is something I haven’t even thought about.” Instead, he intends to play for “many” more seasons: “Not just a few. Many. For me, I feel there’s no reason for me to retire right now.”
I hate to say it, but there’s plenty of reasons for him to retire.
With one year left on his Yankees contract, he’s been the subject of trade rumors all spring. Wherever he plays, let’s hope he either turns it around, or has the good sense to hang it up.
Photo found here.
Last Saturday. Found here.
Yesterday. (Are the shades really necessary?)
Also from yesterday: Oops!
In a similar scene when he reported last year, there was much speculation about his T-shirt, which he later sold on his official site. I’m guessing the same thing will happen this year.
Meanwhile, Newsday Yankee beat writer Erik Boland tweeted this:
And here are some quotes about his role in the crowded Yankees outfield.
Danny Wild / MLB.com
Following a campus tour, Ichiro and the Yankees played an exhibition Saturday against the Army Black Knights.
Adam Hunger / Reuters
The Yankees won, 10-5 — link.
Next: Game 1 vs. Boston, 1:05 Monday.
Our man has now completed his first Grapefruit League season, with so-so numbers. Going 16 for 56 with five runs, three doubles, no triples, no home runs, two RBI, and three stolen bases, he compiled a line of .286/.333/.339. Of course, Spring Training stats don’t mean dick, especially when dealing with alligators and a car crash.
For the record, this is the our third Ichiro/Hooters post in as many seasons, following this and this.