Ichiro Transitions to Front Office Role with Mariners

Ichiro transitioning to role of 'Special Assistant to the Chairman,' effective immediately

If Ichiro is done for good, he leaves Major League Baseball with a career.311/.355/.402 slash line, 117 home runs, 780 RBIs, 509 steals, and 3,089 hits. If his playing days are over, it's been one helluva ride.

Only a handful of people knew Wednesday was the final game of the 2018 season for Suzuki.

"While this agreement only covers the 2018 season, it is our goal that Ichiro be a member of the Seattle organization long-term", Dipoto said in Seattle. While it will evolve over time, the key is that Ichiro's presence in our clubhouse and with our players and staff improves our opportunity to win games. And after 27 seasons at the professional level, it appears as though Ichiro is calling it quits. Suzuki reportedly considered a return to Japan during the offseason.

The final at-bat for Ichiro in the big leagues will be a swinging strikeout in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics on May 2. This was 2005, the year after Suzuki totaled a single-season best 262 hits. He also turned back the clock by robbing Jose Ramirez of a home run when he leaped up against the left-field wall and made a terrific catch. A man of great discipline and routine, Ichiro would stand with his legs bowed inward, his front foot about half a shoe length behind his back foot, swinging his bat like a pendulum twice before sweeping it over his shoulder and holding it straight up, parallel to the pitcher, and adjusting his right sleeve. "It's nearly like they're all waiting for him to opine from the mountain top".

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He played two more seasons with the Yankees before playing the last three with the Marlins as a part-time player.

"Me and Ichi have a good relationship", Gordon said.

The 2001 AL Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year was as influential as any position player in the game's vast history. After notching 1,278 hits during his nine years (1992-2000) with the Orix Blue Wave of Japan's Pacific League, Ichiro has a combined 4,367 hits between MLB and Japan. "I just wanted to show my thanks for the things he's done for me". He was traded to the Yankees midway through 2012, played parts of three seasons with NY, then spent three seasons with Miami.

"Obviously, I'm in a different situation now, but I definitely see myself playing again and that's why I'm going to continue to practice and work to do the things I need to do to continue to get better", Suzuki said.

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