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Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki collected his first home run of 2017 and 115th career shot in Wednesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners, finishing the night 2-for-4.
Ichiro’s homer just cleared the fence in right field, making him the oldest player to hit one while donning a Marlins uniform at 43 years and 179 days, per MLB Stat of the Day. Ironically, he hit it over the fence in what could be his last career at-bat at Safeco Field—where he roamed right field for the first 11 years of his career.
At this point in his career, Ichiro no longer sees consistent time in the outfield or at the plate. However, he does provide a veteran presence both off the bench and in the clubhouse. Not only is he a 17-year veteran in MLB, he spent another nine seasons playing in Japan before coming to the United States.
The 10-time All-Star has many accolades to his name, including both Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger honors in his first season with the Mariners. He’s added nine more Gold Gloves and three more Silver Slugger awards to his mantle since then.
It may have been questionable at some point whether or not Ichiro would earn a Cooperstown nod, but he’s now passed many significant milestones—most notably 3,000 hits—that all but guarantee he will one day be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
For now, he’ll continue to serve as an occasional starter for the Marlins in the outfield with hopes of playing until he’s 50 years old, per MLB.com.