With two more hits Sunday, Ichiro Suzuki moved alone into 215th place on baseball's all-time list with a career total of 2,094.
All but a few of those have been achieved as a leadoff hitter for the Seattle Matiners, a team that just now could use a hitter like Ichiro almost anywhere in its lineup.
Why, manager Don Wakamatsu has been asked, not move Ichiro to second, third or even fourth in the batting order?
In some ways, it's like saying - in the absence of Mark Lowe - why not move Felix Hernandez to the role of setup man to David Aardsma? Felix isn't winning as a starter, and the team can't seem to get a game to its closer.
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Moving Ichiro is something every manager who's ever had him has considedred - a group that includes Lou Piniella, Bob Melvin, Mike Hargrove, John McClaren, Jim Riggleman and Wakamatsu. None has done it for more than a few games.
Piniella came to believe Ichiro's role leading off was so important to him - such a defining part of his career - that moving him was counter-productive.
Melvin tried it for a handful of games, and while Ichiro hit well (hard to imagine him not hitting well!), it became clear to him that his right fielder was unhappy.
Hargrove? He once grew so provoked with Ichiro that he benched him for one game - although he learned that doing so required permission from the general manager, team president and, ultimately, a telephone call to Japan.
Ichiro is still batting leadoff. Hargrove is long gone.
This is no knock on Ichiro. He has been among the best leadoff hitters in the game throughout his career, and has always said the right things when asked about moving - that he would do whatever most helped the team
Would it serve the Mariners to have him bat, say, second behind Chone Figgins? If Figgins isn't on base much, and he hasn't been all season, what would the point be? Ichiro wouldn't be coming up with Figgins on base all that much to matter.
Hit Ichiro third? Same question - who gets on base often enough for it to make a substantial difference?
And that's the key element. Ichiro would move if it were the difference between winning and losing, between contention and fourth place. It wouldn't be.
Ichiro thinks differently than most of his teammates, his priorities aren't always easily understood. He takes great pride in collecting 200 hits or more each season, and moving him down in the order, where he would lose at-bats and be asked to give himself up more often, would challenge his chances.
He is proud, too, of being an All-Star leadoff hitter. Would being a fine No. 2 hitter have the same appeal?
Perhaps most importantly, Ichiro is a singles hitter. And a singles hitter with lots of infield hits, lots of opposite field bloops, a few bunts mixed in. As a No. 3 hitter, he might get a hit with a runner on second base and not score him - leaving the job to someone else to drive in a run.
So what would the huge upside be? Moving Ichiro wouldn't put more men on base for the No. 2 or No. 3 hitter - it would mean fewer base runners.
Wakamatsu may have come to the conclusion as his predecessors. Ichiro is happiest where he is hitting, and moving him - especially in a lineup where there are few other strengths - doesn't have a positive impact.