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4,000 hits puts Ichiro Suzuki among MLB elite

4,000 hits and counting for Ichiro Suzuki. Only Ty Cobb and Pete Rose have 4,000 career hits. Of course, Ichiro split his 4,000 hits between MLB and Japan.

Ichiro Suzuki: Better than Pete Rose?
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Ichiro Suzuki stood near first base after lining a single for his 4,000th hit, hugging his teammates one by one, basking in the resounding cheers of an adoring Yankee Stadium crowd.

In that moment it did not matter that his name would not be listed in Major League Baseball's record book next to Ty Cobb and Pete Rose, the only two players to reach the milestone solely in the major leagues.

Everyone involved Wednesday night knew: this was quite an achievement.

"I was overwhelmed," Suzuki said of the reception.

 

The 39-year-old outfielder slashed a single the opposite way in the first inning off Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey that bounced just beyond diving third baseman Brett Lawrie for hit No. 4,000 in a career split between Japan and the major leagues.

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