SEATTLE- The Seattle Mariners announced that they will be awarding the franchise’s top award, the Franchise Achievement Award to Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro, who retired in March following a pair of games in Japan, will be given the award prior to the game against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, September 14.
Ichiro had what many consider to be a hall of fame career and he spent most of it in Seattle. After spending nine years in Japan, the Mariners signed him in 2001 where he immediately made an impact, winning AL Rookie of the Year and MVP. Fred Lynn, way back in 1975, is the only other player to do win both awards in the same year in league history.
Ichiro is tied with Pete Rose for most consecutive seasons where he had 200 hits, going for 10 seasons from 2001-2010, he also won the Golden Glove Award in each of those 10 seasons. In 2004, he set the record for most hits in a season with 262. The record he toppled to reach that was set by George Sisler in 1920 and the way the game is trending towards swinging for the fences, Ichiro’s record could stand for decades as well. Ichiro also has the league record for the most consecutive years he led the league in hits with five from 2006-2010.
He made 10 all-star appearances and finished his career in the 3,000 Hit Club, which is populated by almost exclusively hall of famers.
Ichiro played over 18 years in Major League baseball with the Mariners, New York Yankees and Miami Marlins. He spent two and a half years with the Yankees and two with the Marlins before finishing his career where it started, with the Mariners.