There are some feats in baseball that most players will never attain. Some single season ones are 50+ home runs, 100+RBI's and 40+ stolen bases.
But perhaps the biggest single-season milestone is garnering 200+ hits. A feat that requires ridiculous consistency, a keen eye as well as other attributes.
But for a player to get 200 hits TEN seasons in a row, from rookie to present time, it's unheard of and in my opinion, it's one of the most underrated accomplishments in the game.
Texas Ranger's slugger Adrian Beltre said, as a member of the Seattle Mariners, that in his only 200 hit season, he felt like he was picking up a couple hits EVERY NIGHT and that it was the most exhausting year of his career.
But all good things must come to an end, so the question is, can Ichiro keep his mind-boggling streak alive for another year?
Let's look at what he would have to do in the next 90 games:
He would have to bang 118 more hits, which makes about 1.3 hits a game.
Bat an estimated .330 the rest of the way and not miss a single game.
Keep in mind, these numbers would get him to EXACTLY 200 hits. His career low is 206 hits.
Can Ichiro, at 37 keep putting up these types of numbers?
It seems like Ichiro is getting out of his funk, he is currently on a eight game hitting streak, seven of these games coming by way of multi-hit.
Obviously Ichiro is capable of doing this, but the odds are definitely against him. A lot of things have to go right to just get by.
This isn't just a down-year for Ichiro at the plate, he is currently fifth in all-star voting. After starting for nine of his 10 years, he might not even make the roster this year.
Ichiro has overcome some pretty amazing obstacles in the past. Just a couple years ago, he was put on the DL at the beginning of the year, missing the first 15 games, and he still came out of it with a solid 225 hits.
So should we start reaching for the alarm or is it just too early in the season?