|Ichiro in Japan saying goodbye.|
Ichiro Suzuki announced his retirement on Thursday morning after his Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland A's 5-4 in 12 innings in his native Japan.
Ichiro played 18 years in the Major Leagues, starting in 2001 when he joined the Mariners after a career in Japan. He was traded to the Yankees during the 2012 season and stayed in New York until 2014. He then went to the Miami Marlins for three seasons before returning to the Mariners for the 2018 season.
Ichiro, who had 3,089 hits in the Majors, played 360 games with the Yankees over two-plus seasons, and he hit .281 with 311 hits, with 13 home runs and 84 RBI.
Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman said of Ichiro in a statement on Thursday, “Ichiro Suzuki is one of the greatest baseball players the world has ever seen. He has been married to this game for virtually his entire life--refining and perfecting his craft--and the relationship has been a beautiful one. As an organization we are fortunate to call Ichiro one of our own, and we congratulate him on a truly astonishing career.”