Ichiro and His Bats

This article in today’s NYTimes reminds me of the great Costner quote in Bull Durham: “Win 20 in the show, you can let the fungus grow back and the press’ll think you’re colorful. Until you win 20 in the show, however, it only means you’re a slob.”

Ichiro certainly is colorful.

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  • Precision, repetition, and discipline. He’s been at it since his Dad made him do it as a kid.

    attackgerbil September 25, 2012, 2:01 pm
  • His addition to the Yankee team is by far my favorite addition to this team going back to last year. It’s great to have Pettitte back too. His performance, not to mention his leadership, which lots of guy talked about yesterday after the game, has been such a boost to this team. But I have so loved having Ichiro in this league and feel fortunate to watch him do his thing for a year (and hopefully, perhaps, a couple more).

    IronHorse - YF September 25, 2012, 2:36 pm
  • Have been meaning to do a post on the co-existence of Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki in the same line-up. The accumulated hitting experience and wizardry of these two guys is awesome. Would love Jack Curry to do a sit-down interview with both of them talking about their approaches to hitting, their rituals, how their approach has changed from rookie year through to today, how they think the game has changed for hitters during their careers, if at all, etc. etc. These guys could end their careers BOTH being in the top five career hits list. This is an unprecedented opportunity to follow two such guys in the same line-up – and while they are still both raking no less. Of course there will be debate about Ichiro’s Japan years, but his 200-hit seasons in each of his first 10 seasons in the bigs, including while playing for crummy Mariners teams, should indicate even to doubters that he would likely be way up there even if he had played his whole career in the States.

    IronHorse - YF September 25, 2012, 2:56 pm
  • Ichiro has averaged 220 hits over his entire career in the states. Add in, say, ages 20-26 as a big-leaguer and today we would be marveling that he would have knocked over Charlie Hustle’s record in five seasons less time.

    He’s unique.

    attackgerbil September 25, 2012, 5:22 pm