Ichiro, a Japanese icon who made his debut for the Mariners on April 2, 2001 and earned American League MVP and Rookie of the Year honors six-months later, is hitting .264 with a mere four homers and 25 RBI through 68 games to date.
Seattle, presently 30-41 and 13.5 games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West, is a franchise in transition and skipper Eric Wedge and general manager Jack Zduriencik have an obligation to fans to upgrade their roster and plan for the future.
Granted, the two-time AL batting champion, who in 2004 established the record for most hits in a season with 262, is not the ballplayer he once was.
Nevertheless, Ichiro is still a very difficult out at the plate, a true menace on the basepaths and an extremely sound defender in right field.
Hence, the 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner would absolutely better a contending team with title aspirations.
The extraordinarily diligent Ichiro, who has compiled 2,503 hits since premiering in “The Emerald City,” would possibly make sense for, among others, the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers.
In the twilight of his amazing career, Ichiro Suzuki could undoubtedly again dominate the diamond and help an organization capture the Commissioner’s Trophy this October.by