3,000 hit club
Ichiro Suzuki has been one of the best contact hitters that baseball has ever seen. He came over from Japan in 2001 and promptly hit .351 with 56 stolen bases en route to a Rookie of the Year and MVP award.
Ichiro is a career .317 hitter and has hit .300 or above in 10 consecutive seasons from 2001 to 2010. His average, in addition to his tremendous durability has led to a whole bunch of hits. Ichiro has had 200 or more hits in 10 seasons in the same consecutive years (2001-2010). He currently owns the record for hits in a single season at 262.
The Marlins have a very good starting outfield with Christian Yelich in left field, Marcell Ozuna in center, and of course Giancarlo Stanton in right. This obviously means limited playing time for Ichiro.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, he probably will not reach 200 hits in 2015, as he gets older and less likely to receive significant playing time. However, he needs 156 hits in 2015 to reach 3,000 in his career. He had 136 hits in 2013 and 102 hits in 2014. He hit .262 and .284 in those season respectively.
To reach 156 hits in 2015, Ichiro would likely need to have 520 at bats and hit .300 exactly. I don’t think Ichiro will reach the 3,000 hit milestone in 2015. He simply will not have enough playing time for the Marlins. He will likely have somewhere around 80 hits which would make 76 the number to reach in 2016. If he plays that long, he should be able to get into the 3,000 hit club. If not, then close to 3,000 hits isn’t a bad accomplishment especially for a guy who entered the league at age 27.
500 Stolen Bases
Ichiro has 487 stolen bases in his career. He has had 10 seasons with 30 or more stolen bases. Incredibly, 2014 was the first season that he didn’t have at least 20 thefts. Even with limited playing time, he still swiped 15. As previously mentioned, Ichiro isn’t looking at a ton of playing time with the Marlins. Still, he could get the 13 bases he needs to reach the 500 mark.
I think Ichiro will reach 500 stolen bases in 2015. He had 15 in 2014 and though he played 143 games, he had only 385 plate appearances. I think he could get around that amount in 2015, especially if the Marlins’ outfield has injuries. Ichiro isn’t as fast as he used to be, but 13 is very reachable for him this season.
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