Ichiro did it. He set a major league record by recording 200 or more hits in 10 consecutive seasons. (Peter Rose had 10 seasons of 200 or more hits in his career, not consecutively)
Sports Talk radio in Seattle has centered around the price that Ichiro commands and if he is worthy. The argument is: He is paid 18 Million dollars for singles. However, I feel he does more than just singles. He does what you want a leadoff hitter to do, get on base and steals bases. He has stolen 30 or more in 9 of his 10 seasons, When you have someone that is able to get on base, the other members of that batting order should deliver. From 2001 to 2008, he had over 100 runs during that stretch. He does not hit a lot of doubles and triples which is somewhat surprising for someone with his speed. I think Ichiro should be remembered as one of the best lead off hitters in MLB, however, I do not agree with his price tag. If he was to put up more HR and RBI’s, then the $18 million might be a decent price tag given today’s market.
Another bright spot in the 1-0 defeat yesterday, Felix pitched a complete game. Sure, it was not a shutout, but a great pitching performance on a day when CC was roughed up by the Rays for 7 earned runs. We have just over a week of “Cy Young” play left. It should be an interesting race for that award in the AL. I would love to see Felix take the prize with David Price as the runner up.