Seattle Mariners Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki Retires from MLB after 18 Seasons

Seattle Mariners Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki Retires from MLB after 18 Seasons

Josh Hobbs, Editor

On Thursday, Seattle Mariners outfielder, Ichiro Suzuki, retired following a 5-4 extra-innings win over the Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. Ichiro in the game would play right field and bat 0-for-4 before being pulled in the eighth inning to receive a massive applause from the fans. His three-minute walk off the field was filled with hugs from teammates and from players on the other team, knowing this was the last time he would ever play professionally.

With this being the last game Ichiro will ever play, he has left behind a historical career that is unquestionably hall of fame worthy. Over the course of his career, Ichiro was a 10-time all-star, 10-time Gold Glove winner with one of the only players to reach 3,000 hits in the majors, not to mention an additional 1,278 while playing professionally in Japan. He was also awarded the 2001 American League MVP award.

While Ichiro’s career might be over on the field, he has already made plans on working as a special assistant for the Mariners. And even still, Ichiro hasn’t completely ruled out the opportunity of returning to the field next year. “When I start using a cane, that’s the time that I think I should retire,” Ichiro said.

In his new role, Ichiro will continue relatively his normal routine, suiting up for pregame work, taking batting practice, talking with players in the clubhouse and meetings. The only difference, according to general manager Jerry Dipoto, is he won’t be on the active roster for the remainder of this season.