Make your own free website on Tripod.com

Full name: Ichiro Suzuki
Born: 10/22/73
Birthplace: Kasugai,Japan
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 160
Position: RF
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
MLB Debut: 02-APR-01

 

-Personal-

 

Married to Yumiko...

 

-Awards/Distinctions-


Played nine years with the Orix Blue Wave in Japan's Pacific League...led the Pacific League in batting average for a Japanese-record seven consecutive seasons...was a three-time league MVP and was named to the Pacific League's "Best Nine" for seven consecutive years...won seven consecutive Gold Gloves for his solid defense and strong arm in right field...

-Career Timeline-

1999...
His 1999 season was cut short after breaking the ulna bone in his right hand when he was hit by a pitch in late August...led the league in average (.343) for sixth straight season...his .412 on base percentage was tops in the league for the fourth time...named to his sixth All-Star team and won his sixth Gold Glove Award...collected his 1,000th hit on April 20 against Nippon in the Tokyo Dome...hit his 100th home run on July 6 against the Seibu Lions.

1998...
Batted .358 to lead the league for the fifth time in 1998...had more walks (43) than strikeouts (35) for the fourth straight season...won his fifth Gold Glove Award and named to his fifth All-Star Team...

1997...
Played in a career-high 135 games in 1997, leading the league in average (.345) for the fourth straight season...went a Japanese-record 216 straight plate appearances without striking out from April 16-June 25...also earned fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and Gold Glove Award...

1996...
Was named league MVP for third consecutive year in 1996...his .356 average and .422 on-base percentage led the league for the third straight season...

1995...
Led the Pacific League with a career-high 49 stolen bases in 1995...named League MVP for the second consecutive year...also led the league in RBI (80) in addition to batting (.342)...set a career-high with 25 home runs...

1994...
Was named Pacific League MVP and won his first league batting title in 1994, hitting .385 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI...set Japanese baseball record with 210 hits in just 130 games...led the league with a .445 on-base percentageā€¦reached base safely in 69 consecutive games from May 21-Aug. 26...

1993...
Split time between the two clubs in 1993, hitting .371 with eight home runs in 48 games in the minors...batted .188 with a home run in 64 at-bats with the major league Blue Wave...hit first pro home run June 12 off the Kinetsu Buffalos' Hideo Nomo...

1992...
Began his career with the minor league Blue Wave in 1992, hitting .366 in 58 games before he was called up to the majors where he batted .253 in 40 games...

1991...
Selected by Orix in the fourth round of the Japanese Draft, in November 1991...