- MLB Teams Played For: Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, Miami Marlins
- Years Active in the MLB: 2001-2019
Ichiro Suzuki is a beloved player who had successful careers in both the NPB and MLB. After seven All-Star seasons playing in Japan, the Seattle Mariners were intrigued by Suzuki, despite some concerns about his strength and size and how this would affect his ability to hit in Major League Baseball. He joined the Mariners in 2001, which was a dominant year for Seattle. Ichiro hit consistently for the entire season and despite the Mariners getting eliminated from the pennant race in the ALCS, Ichiro solidified himself as a player who was going to have a massive impact on the team.
In his first four seasons in the MLB, Ichiro broke the record for number of hits in a four-year span. The hitting machine then went on to break his own record from 2004-2007. Suzuki continued to be a consistent force for the Mariners through the start of the 2012 season.
At the end of the 2012 regular season, Suzuki requested a trade, claiming that his first choice would be to play for the Yankees. He signed with New York in 2012, and remained on the team until 2014. During his tenure there, he hit his 4000th career hit. Suzuki then went on to play for the Miami Marlins for two seasons, before a quick farewell tour with the Mariners until 2019. Suzuki’s number is in the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame. He is widely expected to be the first Asian player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame once he becomes eligible in 2025.