Willie Keeler had 200 hits in eight Major League Baseball seasons. On Sunday, Ichiro Suzuki broke Keeler’s record. For the ninth straight season, Ichiro has at least 200 hits.
Ichiro, who joined the Seattle Marines from the Japanese leagues in 2001, has finished with at least 206 hits in his first eight seasons. This year, he got his 200th hit against the Texas Rangers and has time to add a handful more before the end of the 2009 baseball season.
The 35-year-old from Kadugai, Japan is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, this year has been one of his better seasons. He’s currently hitting .355 — the highest he’s hit since the 2004 campaign when his batting average was .372. Ichiro also has nine homers, 38 RBIs, 79 runs and 24 stolen bases.
At 73-70, the Mariners are much improved from last year. That said, it will be yet another season without seeing the playoffs. Next year, Ichiro will try to lead his team to the postseason while going for season number ten in a row with at least 200 hits.