Ichiro Suzuki Traded from Worst to First

Future Hall of Famer and potential 3,000 hit member Ichiro Suzuki was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees over the weekend for two minor league pitchers. Ichiro will manage right field for the Yanks, something he did for 12 years in Seattle. Ichiro has been a cultural icon for most of his career.  He was named A.L. Rookie of the Year in 2001 as well as MVP, a feat last achieved by Fred Lynn of the Boston Red Sox in 1975. Ichiro is a remarkably consistent hitter who has over 200 hits per season in ten consecutive years and amassed over 2,500 hits in his career.

He should help add speed and pop towards the bottom of the lineup. Ichiro could also see his power numbers spike with the short porch in left, especially coming from a pitcher’s park like Safeco.  With Ichiro, the Yankees add another distinguished veteran for what should be a deep playoff run.