For some reason, that doesn't surprise me at all even though Ichiro has had a very difficult campaign.
This season, he is hitting .260 with four home runs, 27 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
Unfortunately, he seems to be suffering from the fate that most speedsters eventually succumb to. Because he is getting older and has slowed down a little bit, what used to be infield hits are now groundouts.
When you combine that with the fact that he has never taken many walks, you begin to see why he is having trouble getting on base.
All of that being said, the Seattle Mariners need to bring him back at the end of the season even though his skills are declining.
Ichiro is the only connection to when the Mariners were a highly competitive franchise. In his rookie season, he won the MVP, the Rookie of the Year and the Mariners won 116 games. In the two seasons after that, they won 93 games apiece but have only been over .500 one time since.
Through all of these ups and downs, Ichiro has been there, and the fans have obviously become attached. I'm not only talking about American fans. He has become the most successful player to ever come to Major League Baseball from Japan.
Even though he is beginning to slow down, keeping him around will preserve that team pride. They need a link to when they were good to help the Mariners try to get to that level again.
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