With two hits Thursday, Ichiro Suzuki moved his MLB career hit total to 3,054, passing Rod Carew with the most hits for a player born outside the United States.
The Miami Marlins outfielder got two hits in three at bats with a walk in a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis.
The 43-year-old Ichiro, who has an MLB lifetime batting average of .312, has played on three teams in 16 seasons, coming to the U.S. after playing nine seasons for Orix Blue Wave of the Japan Pacific League.
In Japan, he had 1,278 hits for the Blue Wave, giving him a total of 4,332 hits as a pro, which would be more than Pete Rose's total of 4,256 in the majors.
He played for the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and now Miami.
Ichiro is now 24th on the all-time MLB hits list and should continue to move up. Rickey Henderson is just ahead in 23rd with 3,055 hits and Craig Biggio is 22nd with 3,060.
There it is, Ichiro Suzuki produces his 3,054th hit, giving him more hits than any player in #MLB history born outside of the United States.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 6, 2017
Carew, who finished his career with 3,053 hits, was born in Panama, played 19 seasons in the majors, for the Minnesota Twins and California Angels. He had a lifetime batting average of .328.
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