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Marlins’ Ichiro Suzuki ready for return to Seattle

Ichiro Suzuki will be facing his old team, the Seattle Mariners, for the first time as a Miami Marlin.
Ichiro Suzuki will be facing his old team, the Seattle Mariners, for the first time as a Miami Marlin.

Ichiro Suzuki made his name with the Seattle Mariners.

For the first time as a Marlin, he’ll be returning to the place where it all started for him when Miami opens a three-game interleague series at Safeco Field on Monday night.

“Being able to see the fans … I want to be able to show them that I’m still healthy and happy and that I’m still playing,” said Ichiro, who spent 12 seasons with the Mariners from 2001-12. “Hopefully, I can show them that.”

Ichiro was a 10-time All-Star for the Mariners before they traded him to the New York Yankees midway through the 2012 season.

Ichiro recalled that Mariners-to-Yankees trade, which occurred while New York was playing a series in Seattle. Ichiro merely went from the home clubhouse to the visiting side. When he recorded his first hit as a Yankee, it caused some confusion.

“When I got a hit and the inning [later] ended, I started to run toward the dugout on the first-base side, where the Mariners were, instead of the third-base side, where the Yankees were,” he said. “So that was kind of different.”

During their series with the Marlins, the Mariners are planning a bobblehead giveaway honoring Ichiro. It will depict him as both a Mariner and a Marlin.

“In Japanese, Marlins and Mariners, they kind of sound the same,” Ichiro said. “When I first signed with the Marlins I had a lot of people saying, ‘Oh, you’re going back to the Mariners.’ 

For a few days anyway, Ichiro is simply going back home.


Third baseman Martin Prado is set to return from the disabled list, just in time for the start of a three-city road trip.

“I think I’m as close as I can be to play at this level now,” Prado said Sunday.

Prado has been out with a hamstring injury he sustained during the World Baseball Classic. He’s coming off four rehab games with Single A Jupiter in which he ran the bases and worked on his hitting timing.

After hitting .305 and appearing in 153 games for them last season, the Marlins awarded Prado with a three-year, $40 million extension.

Even though he started the season on the disabled list, Prado said he has kept close tabs on the Marlins and has enjoyed what he’s seen.