Ichiro Art #51

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Ichiro stands atop Craig Robinson’s amazing Árbol de Béisbol — see the whole thing here.

Happy 40th, Ichiro!

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Ichiro hits the big four-oh today.

Fake Ichiro Card #16

ichiro131021Topps didn’t issue any 2013 Ichiro baseball cards, which sucks. I’m guessing that, for whatever reason, Ichiro didn’t sign a contract with Topps, but who knows? There’s some speculation here.

ShlabotnikReport righted this wrong by creating this faux ’13 Topps Heritage replica card. Meanwhile, an eBay search for “Ichiro Topps 2013” mostly turns up these stupid fucking things.

The Best Song About Baseball Players: “Ichiro Goes to the Moon”


“Ichiro Goes to the Moon” by the mighty Baseball Project takes the #1 spot in this SB Nation survey, beating out songs about Ken Griffey Jr., Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Stan Musial and other greats. Here’s my first post about the tune, including this live version I filmed in 2011…

October 13, 2000: Ichiro’s Last Game in Japan

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From my Ichiro site:

In his seventh and final full major league season in Japan, Ichiro’s .387 batting average was not only his career best, but he also set the Japanese record with seven straight Pacific League batting titles. He won his seventh consecutive Gold Glove award, played in his seventh straight all-star game, was named to his seventh straight “Best Nine” end-of-season All-Star team, and his .460 on-base percentage led the league for the fifth time. Though his season was again cut short (this time with a rib-cage injury), Ichiro played in the Blue Wave’s final game of the season, and ultimately his final game in Japan. Altogether, in his nine NPB seasons, Ichiro amassed 1,278 hits and a .353 batting average, and became the most-recognized person in the nation.

Game 162: Did Not Play in 5-1 Win at Houston

Eric Christian Smith / Getty Images

Eric Christian Smith / Getty Images

At Bats: 0
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 0/136
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 0
Average: .262
Box
Notes: I’m hoping to post a season recap before too long.
Next: Game 1 at Houston; April 1, 2014.

Game 161: 2-for-4 in 2-1 Win at Houston

Scott Halleran / Getty Images

Scott Halleran / Getty Images

At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 2/136
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 1
Left on Base: 0
Average: .262
Box
Notes: Played DH, batted seventh… Singled to right, struck out looking, popped to third, singled to short (above).
Next: Game 162 at Houston, 2:10 Sunday.

Game 160: Did Not Play in 3-2 Win at Houston

Scott Halleran / Getty Images

Scott Halleran / Getty Images

At Bats: 0
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 0/134
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 0
Average: .260
Box
Notes: None.
Next: Game 161 at Houston, 7:10 Saturday.

Game 159: 0-for-4 in 4-0 Loss vs. Tampa Bay

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Al Bello / Getty Images

At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 0/134
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 1
Left on Base: 0
Average: .260
Box
Notes: Played right, batted leadoff… Popped to second, grounded to short, grounded to short, struck out swinging.
Next: Game 160 at Houston, 8:10 Friday.

Game 158: 1-for-1 in 8-3 Loss vs. Tampa Bay

Mike Stobe / Getty Images

Mike Stobe / Getty Images

At Bats: 1
Runs: 1
Hits, Game/Season: 1/134
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 0
Average: .262
Box
Notes: Pinch-hit in the eighth… Singled to right (above).
Next: Game 159 vs. Tampa Bay, 7:05 Thursday.

Game 157: 1-for-4 in 7-0 Loss vs. Tampa Bay

Mike Stobe / Getty Images

Mike Stobe / Getty Images

At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 1/133
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 2
Average: .260
Box
Notes: Played center, batted leadoff… Popped to first, singled to left, grounded to first into a force out, grounded into second (above).
Next: Game 158 vs. Tampa Bay, 7:00 Wednesday.

Game 156: 0-for-3 in 2-1 Loss vs. San Francisco

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Reuters

At Bats: 3
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 0/132
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 1
Strikeouts: 2
Left on Base: 2
Average: .260
Box
Notes: Flied to center, walked, struck out swinging, struck out swinging (above)… Caught stealing for the fourth time this season.
Next: Game 157 vs. Tampa Bay, 7:05 Tuesday.

Game 155: 0-for-3 in 6-0 Win vs. San Francisco

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Maddie Meyer / Getty Images

At Bats: 3
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 0/132
Runs Batted In: 1
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 1
Average: .262
Box
Notes: Played right, batted leadoff… Grounded to second, flied to center, grounded to first, flied to center… 35th RBI of the season.
Next: Game 156 vs. San Francisco, 1:05 Sunday.

Game 154: 1-for-3 in 5-1 Win vs. San Francisco

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Elsa / Getty Images

At Bats: 3
Runs: 1
Hits, Game/Season: 1/132
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 1
Strikeouts: 1
Left on Base: 1
Average: .263
Box
Notes: Played right, batted leadoff… Struck out swinging, singled to center, popped to short, walked… Before the game, the Yankees presented him with a glass vase to commemorate his 4,000 professional hits (above).
Next: Game 155 vs. San Francisco, 1:05 Saturday.

Game 153: 0-for-1 in 6-2 Loss at Toronto

At Bats: 1
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 0/131
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 0
Average: .263
Box
Notes: Pinch-hit in the eighth… Grounded to first.
Next: Game 154 vs. San Francisco, 7:05 Friday.

Game 152: 1-for-1 in 4-3 Win at Toronto

Tom Szczerbowski / Getty Images

Tom Szczerbowski / Getty Images

At Bats: 1
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 1/131
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 0
Average: .264
Box
Notes: Defensive substitution in the eighth, played right… Singled to right.
Next: Game 153 at Toronto, 7:07 Thursday.

Game 151: 0-for-4 in 2-0 Loss at Toronto

Tom Szczerbowski / Getty Images

Tom Szczerbowski / Getty Images

At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 0/130
Runs Batted In: 0
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 2
Left on Base: 2
Average: .262
Box
Notes: Played right, batted seventh… Struck out swinging, grounded to short into a double play, popped to short, struck out swinging to end the game (above)… Oof.
Next: Game 152 at Toronto, 7:07 Wednesday.

eBay Alert: Ihciro Jersey

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It could be yours for $4,000… Link.

Game 150: 2-for-4 in 9-2 Loss at Boston

Jared Wickerham / Getty Images

Jared Wickerham / Getty Images

At Bats: 4
Runs: 0
Hits, Game/Season: 2/130
Runs Batted In: 1
Walks: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Left on Base: 1
Average: .264
Box
Notes: Played right, batted seventh… Grounded to second, grounded to short into a force, singled to center, singled to left.
Next: Game 151 at Toronto, 7:07 Tuesday.

Ichiro Art #50

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Found here.