Ichiro Could Get Hit #3,000 in Philly, But He Wouldn’t Be the First

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At the start of this season, Ichiro Suzuki was 65 hits away from the immortal 3,000. With only 91 hits in 398 at-bats last year, it seemed unlikely Ichiro could reach the mark. He’s 10 away.

As it stands now, Ichiro is only the third player in baseball history to record 2990 hits, 500 stolen bases, and a career batting average of .310 or better. The other two, Eddie Collins and Ty Cobb, have been dead for 65 and 55 years, respectively. If his career ended today, Ichiro’s .335 batting average in his age-42 year would be the best for a player of that age (or older) with at least 50 ABs. But that’s not what’s notable here. Coming out of the ASB, Ichiro’s Marlins have four games against the Cardinals. Then, they come here for four. It’s possible that Ichiro could notch hit #3,000 in Philadelphia, but he wouldn’t be the first.

On June 9, 1914, Honus Wagner became the fourth member of the 3,000 hit club when he hit a double against the Phillies at the Baker Bowl. It’s the only 3,000th hit the city of Philadelphia has ever seen (either for a player or in the city). Other towns have been much more lucky.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis saw three such hits (Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken on the road, Dave Winfield at home). In all, 20 cities have bore witness to the feat, with Anaheim, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, and New York catching it twice. Anaheim Stadium, New Yankee Stadium, and Detroit’s old Navin Field (Tiger Stadium) got two a piece. Of the 29 3000th hits, only 12 came on the road. Ichiro would make it 30 and 13.

If Ichiro isn’t able to get 10 hits in St. Louis, he’ll have next Monday through Thursday to try to finish the job here. In his small sample size at CBP, Ichiro is 16 for 45. You’ll probably want to be there.

[All numbers and data from Baseball Reference]

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15 Comments

  • ... July 15, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    NPB ≠ MLB

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    • Kyle the kunt July 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      What a complete pile of bullshit this site was today. Boys mailed it in early for the nonexistent weekend around here. Kyle took 90 mins to write a 5 min article and then headed to mommy and daddy’s place down thr shore. All grown up.

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  • 97.5 inside her July 15, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Anything on Gargano being suspended for tweeting about BLM?

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  • the internet July 15, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    anything on why the site so screwed up today? is that why it took you 90 minutes to write that article?

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  • The animal July 15, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Seems like he’s been nipping away at 3000 hits for years now

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  • ta tatoofy July 15, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    nipping..i see what you did here. genius

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  • WIP July 15, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Did anyone apply for the open positions at Phlyinfenceer?

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    • pitcher pub urinal cakes July 15, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      that site is anti comments

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  • Cataldi's Nose Hair July 15, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I haven’t been In & Out since I dumped my 1st wife. Thanks to all you dopes for making me a millionaire. Loved Hop Sing on Bonanza.

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    • Voice of Philly fans July 15, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      You should be celebrated for such a long and distinguished career.

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  • Nancy Grace's bleached Asshole. July 15, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Ichiro and Jeter are both steroid lovers from way back.
    guess it paid off in big dollars.
    at least we don’t have to worry about this jamokes reproducing becasue they fried their sack.
    right kyle?

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  • It's been a great week July 15, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    No Tom McCarthy for five days.

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  • Itchy balls Suzuki July 15, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    I rove Pork Fri Rice…. Now send me to Harr of Fame

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  • Looks Good Jim July 16, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Now rewrite it so that it makes sense.

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  • George Wallace July 19, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Is it 3000 MLB hits, or are they counting his Jap hits too?

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