In Japan, Ichiro retires where career began

by Leon Thompson March 24, 2019, 1:56
In Japan, Ichiro retires where career began

Ichiro Suzuki announced his retirement Thursday after his final game with the Seattle Mariners, played in the country where he started his 27-year career.

Ichiro wanted to continue playing until he was 50, but with a young Mariners team on the rise, the 45-year-old knew his time in the Major League Baseball was coming to an end. He got a chance at a storybook ending at the jammed Tokyo Dome when he came up with two outs, a runner on second base and a tie score in the eighth inning, but grounded out.

Ichiro got an emotional sendoff before the bottom of the eighth as the game stopped for several minutes.

One of Major League Baseball's all-time greats made a decision to call it a career today, as Ichiro Suzuki announced his retirement.

Ichiro was showered with cheers and chants while taking his final bow, and the Mariners sent him out with a win by beating the Oakland Athletics 5-4 in 12 innings.

There's nothing like baseball. While it is probably fair to attribute their success to Hideo Nomo, numerous new Japanese arms, including Hisashi Iwakuma, Yu Darvish,Masahiro Tanaka, and of course Shohei Ohtani, have mentioned Ichiro as a major influence on their journey to the big leagues.

WestJet joins Air Canada and suspends financial guidance after Boeing grounding
The MCAS is an automated safety feature on the 737 Max created to prevent the plane from entering into a stall or losing lift. It comes as Ethiopia's transport minister confirmed the black box from the plane is in good condition.

In addition to the Mariners, Ichiro, a 10-time All-Star, played for the New York Yankees and Miami Marlins in his Major League Baseball career. Led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB now features record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, as well as the most comprehensive drug-testing program in American professional sports. He received a hug from another Mariners legend, Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. No Japanese position player had ever been signed by an Major League Baseball club before Ichiro, and even his own manager Lou Piniella tempered expectations, saying he would be happy if Ichiro hit.270 or.280. I saw Ichiro chat with teammates as expected, but then I saw him help and teach. Eighteen years ago it was Ichiro in the same position, a big star back in Japan, but a rookie having to plot his own way in the big leagues. As the game slogged into extra innings, Ichiro was removed and treated to an incredible standing ovation.

Ichiro Suzuki will go down as one of baseball's greatest players.

Some people may forget that before Ichiro returned to finish his career with the Mariners, he spent time with the Florida Marlins.

There was still the rest of a game to play, but his career was done. He has three 100-RBI campaigns and has batted.300 or better three times since 2013. "It's frustrating to lose games, we'll regroup and get back into spring training mode and get back in the season", A's manager Bob Melvin said.

Suzuki, who was set to hold a post-game press conference, went 0-for-4, with the applause growing in intensity each time up. Media outlets had been speculating about whether he will be benched on March 28 at the United States opening game.

Recommended News

TOP News

Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation report delivered to US attorney general
Reporters staked out outside Mueller's office in recent days and others were at the Justice Department, watching for any signs. President Trump has not yet been personally briefed on the report, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Crude futures reach four-month highs
Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih suggested last month that he favored maintaining output curbs when asked to comment on U.S. President Donald Trump's tweet on February 25 demanding OPEC to "relax" its stance on tightening supplies.

Oculus Launches Rift S: $399, Fewer Cameras, Higher-Res Lenses
The latest Rift sports five onboard sensors, which are built to make this seamless tracking setup as accurate as possible. The Rift S also switches from OLED to LCD , with the refresh rate dropping from 90hz on the Rift to 80hz.

Man City's Title Winning Experience Doesn't Matter - Liverpool Legend Not Concerned
But they almost suffered a very costly European hangover against a Fulham side still 13 points adrift of safety. Second half we were a bit clearer, had better chances, so that's...

No. 10 MI pounds Minnesota | Big Ten
A conference tournament championship would also be a nice prize before they set their sights on another deep NCAA run. Guard Kyle Ahrens suffered a leg injury in Sunday's win against MI but a team spokesman said X-Rays were negative.

Mueller Report About To Drop; Trump: 'Let People See It'
President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he departs on travel to OH at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 20, 2019. Gohmert said that with all things considered, Trump is correct to want the entire Mueller dossier released to the public.

Pompeo to visit Western Wall with Netanyahu in break with diplomatic practice
President Donald Trump withdrew past year from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers and reimposed sanctions. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967 and formally annexed the territory in 1981.

This is the Tesla Model Y
Musk has said that cars fitted with Autopilot hardware will be able to drive themselves completely autonomously in the future. In the USA, Tesla requires a deposit of $2.500 and lists all variants except the basic model " Standard Range ".

Lion Air 737 Max plane pilots 'scoured handbook' before crash
One company, Norwegian Airlines, has already said it will seek compensation after grounding its MAX aircraft. The company has taken more than 5,000 orders and delivered more than 250 Max jets previous year .

MPs REJECT amendment requesting to delay Brexit until June 30
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has said that Brexit should be completed before the EU elections in late May. They also backed a much longer extension to Brexit if MPs fail to back the prime minister's plan.