Ichiro Suzuki: Will the Future Hall of Fame Star Extend His Historic MLB Streak?

Matt BowenAnalyst IIAugust 30, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 8: Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Seattle Mariners readies for a pitch against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on August 8, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
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Ichiro Suzuki is having the worst year of his 11-year MLB career, but that doesn't mean that it won't be a historical one.

The future Hall of Famer has one very historic streak on the line. The Seattle Mariners have 29 games left in the season and Ichiro is currently sitting at 153 hits.

Ichiro has made MLB history since Day 1 and hasn't stopped. He became the first Japanese position player to play in the majors in 2001. That year, the Mariners won a record 116 games as Ichiro won Rookie of the Year and MVP honors—what an entrance.

Ichiro has had at least 200 hits in all 10 of his MLB seasons. He is currently tied with hit king Pete Rose for most 200-plus hit seasons. Ichiro also holds the MLB record for hits in a season with 262.

Let's not forget that Ichiro has at least 25-plus steals and a Gold Glove in all 10 seasons, too. 

The numbers this man has put up are simply jaw-dropping. One can only think about how many records Ichiro may have if he played in the States his entire career. He entered MLB at the age of 27 and would've undoubtedly surpassed the 3,000-hit plateau already if he had entered just a few years prior. 

Now, the 37-year-old Ichiro, for the first time, has struggled. It may be that the Mariners have struggled all season, posting just a 57-76 record. It may be that Ichiro is entering the latter days of his career. Whatever the reason, as a baseball fan, I haven't seen enough of Ichiro.

He's one of those guys that I wish could play forever.

Ichiro is only hitting .275 this season, which doesn't sound terrible until one realizes that his career average is .327. He may have looked "off" the whole season, but one can never count Ichiro out.

He is currently riding a 12-game hitting streak and needs 47 more hits to break a record once held by the great Pete Rose. Ichiro now has 40, yes, 40 double-digit hit streaks in his career. Needless to say, he is capable of anything on a baseball diamond.

With those hits, Ichiro would reach 200 hits for a record 11th time in as many years. That is a record that will never be touched.  

All eyes will be on Ichiro over the next month of MLB action. He will rise to the occasion and history will be made. Only then will Ichiro Suzuki finally get the true appreciation he deserves.