Tapping into the Far East for Ichiro
2. Ichiro Suzuki - Ichiro Suzuki is one of the most iconic players in Seattle Mariners history. The Japanese outfielder joined the team in 2001 and quickly became a fan favorite with his electrifying play and incredible talent.
In his rookie season, Ichiro made an immediate impact, hitting .350 with 242 hits, 56 stolen bases, and a Gold Glove award. He was named the American League Rookie of the Year and the league's Most Valuable Player, becoming the first player since Fred Lynn in 1975 to win both awards in the same season.
Ichiro's success continued over the next several seasons, as he won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves and was selected to 10 consecutive All-Star Games. He also won two batting titles and led the league in hits seven times.
But Ichiro's impact on the Mariners went beyond his individual achievements. He helped to lead the team to two playoff appearances, in 2001 and 2003, and his work ethic and professionalism set an example for his teammates. He was a leader on and off the field and helped to build a winning culture in Seattle.
In 2012, Ichiro was traded to the New York Yankees, but his legacy in Seattle remains secure. He is one of the most beloved players in team history and is remembered as one of the greatest outfielders of all time.
Ichiro's success in Seattle paved the way for other Japanese players to come to the major leagues and helped to build a bridge between Japanese and American baseball. His impact on the game and his place in Seattle Mariners history are secure, and he will always be remembered as one of the greatest players to ever wear a Mariners uniform.