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Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro is headed to the Hall of Fame whenever his prolific career comes to an end.
Ichiro began his historic Major League Baseball career in 2001 at the ripe age of 28. In his first MLB season, Ichiro out-shined Cardinals prospect Albert Pujols and took home the league Rookie of the Year award in addition to the Most Valuable Player award, just the second player to achieve both honors in the same season.
Following the historic 2001 campaign, Ichiro added back-to-back 200-hit seasons in 2002 and 2003. After he emerged as one of the league's top hitters, Ichiro decided to make his mark in history and swatted a major league record 262 hits, breaking George Sisler's 84-year old record.
After posting 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons in as many years, Ichiro finally cracked and dropped in offensive production. He is flirting with batting third in the Mariners lineup similar to his native Japan National roster for the World Baseball Classic in an effort to spark a rejuvenation.
His average has dropped to sub-.300 for the second consecutive season in Seattle.
If Ichiro joined the MLB younger than age 28, he would have seriously given Pete Rose's 4,256 career hit record a run for it's money.