There's something extraordinary about Ichiro's consistency. Game after game, season after season.
game after game
Nine straight 200-hit seasons,
a Major League record
"Ichiro is better at putting the ball on the bat than anyone in Major League history," the NPR commentator Frank Deford recently opined in a radio commentary.
|"There's nobody like|
Ichiro in either league ~
now or ever."
~ Bruce Jenkins
"There's nobody like Ichiro in either league ~ now or ever," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle columnist Bruce Jenkins. "He exists strictly within his own world, playing a game 100 percent unfamiliar to everyone else. The game has known plenty of 'slap' hitters, but none who sacrifice so much natural ability for the sake of the art."
Ichiro, 36, came to Seattle after playing nine years in Japan where he had a career .353 batting average and amassed 1,278 hits playing for the Orix Blue Wave. Since his arrival in Seattle as one of the first position players from Japan to play regularly at the Major League level, Ichiro, who wears uniform No. 51, has gone on to hit safely more than 2,200 times.
|Bright and cheerful, Ichiro's|
work ethic is a joy to observe.
All photographs by Michael Dickens, copyright 2010.