Miami Marlins

Ichiro two hits closer to 3,000 — and stamp set in Japan

Ichiro Suzuki, shown batting earlier this season, came two hits closer to the 3,000 hit mark in the Marlins’ 9-3 win at Philadelphia on Thursday.
Ichiro Suzuki, shown batting earlier this season, came two hits closer to the 3,000 hit mark in the Marlins’ 9-3 win at Philadelphia on Thursday. AP

Ichiro Suzuki pulled two hits closer to 3,000 on Thursday night and moved four base hits away from being honored by a set of postage stamps in his native Japan.

On Tuesday, Japan Post announced it would honor the Marlins’ outfielder with a premium set of stamps and postcards if – well, when – he hits 3,000.

According to the Japan Times, the set will cost $56 US.

Ichiro should become the 30th player to reach the milestone and it could come on Miami’s upcoming 10-game homestand.

Ichiro started and led off for the Marlins on Thursday and had a pair of base hits in the Marlins’ 9-3 victory over the host Phillies.

Miami opens up an important three-game set against the Mets on Friday at Marlins Park.

While Ichiro was coming closer to 3,000, baseball’s banished Hit King was signing autographs in Rochester, New York, as a guest of the minor league Red Wings.

Pete Rose, who is major league baseball’s all-time leader with 4,256 hits, told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle that he is the “record-holder for records.”

Ichiro’s combined hit numbers from MLB and Japan (1,278) surpass Rose’s major-league totals although he has argued if one is to count Ichiro’s numbers from Japan, the 427 hits he complied in two-plus seasons in the Reds’ minor league system in the early 1960s should count as well.

“That'd be like comparing the European basketball players to the NBA," Rose told the Democrat & Chronicle.

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