Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The MLB on TSC: The Rich Get Ichiro

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As we all know there's an old adage that says, THE RICH GET RICHER-- and in the case of the New York Yankees, they are no strangers to this adage. They've been getting richer for almost a century now with no end in sight. And now the franchise known as "The Evil Empire" can add a new adage to their illustrious resume. Let's call it, THE RICH GET ICHIRO.

Yes, the Yankees have acquired future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki from the Seattle Mariners for two minor league pitchers. At 38, Ichiro may not be the hitting machine he once was but with the potent Yankee lineup, if they can get half of what Ichiro used to do, it can be deadly. Ichiro is the perfect man to fill the void left by the injured-speedster Brett Gardner-- a singles hitter with speed is the perfect compliment to the homer-happy Yankee lineup.

Here are some FUN FACTS about Ichiro the Yankee, according to the Elias Sports Bureau:

From Elias: Ichiro Suzuki made his Yankees debut last night against the Mariners after being acquired from Seattle earlier in the day. Ichiro, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez became the first set of three teammates with at least 2500 career hits to start a game together in over 85 years-since July 13, 1927, to be exact, when Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, and Zack Wheat started for the Philadelphia Athletics. (Cobb, Eddie Collins, and Tris Speaker were teammates on the 1928 Athletics, but they never started in the same game.)

Ichiro batted eighth for the Yankees on Monday night. He was the leadoff hitter in 1751 of his 1828 starts for the Mariners, and he batted either second or third in his other 77 starts for Seattle.

Ichiro had 2533 hits in 12 seasons with Seattle. That's the third-highest total by any player at the time of his debut for the Yankees, behind only Paul Waner (3151 in 1944) and Ivan Rodriguez (2584 in 2008).

Ichiro recorded 2060 singles for the Mariners. Only one player reached the 2000-single mark for the Yankees: Derek Jeter (2388). The second-highest singles total in team history was 1545 by Bernie Williams.

At the other end of the hit continuum, Ichiro hit 99 home runs for the Mariners. As such, he failed on Monday night to become just the second player in major-league history to hit his 100th career home run in a team debut. Richie Zisk hit career homer number 100 in his first game for the Rangers in their opening game of the 1978 season (against the Yankees).


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