In appreciation of Ichiro Suzuki, whose career might be over

Ichiro’s 2018 option was declined by the Marlins

Ichiro Suzuki just completed his 17th major-league season. Unfortunately, it might be his last:

In what was the first significant roster decision for new ownership, the Marlins on Friday declined their $2 million club option to retain Ichiro, who now becomes a free agent. Suzuki will receive a $500,000 buyout.

While Suzuki has said numerous times that he would like to continue playing until he’s 50, there’s no guarantee he’ll find a Major League team willing to give him a job.

Ichiro — known by almost everyone by just his first name, which he also wears on his back — turned 44 about two weeks ago, and in 2017 hit .255/.318/.332 in part-time play (215 plate appearances). He was a pretty good pinch-hitter this past season, going 27-for-100 with seven walks as a PH. The 27 hits were just one short of tying the major-league record for pinch hits in a season.

It’s entirely possible that someone will pick up Ichiro for the 2018 season. He might make a good fit in Seattle, where he began his big-league career and where he’s still beloved. With an American League team he could …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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