Ichiro Suzki, OF
Hits:Left Throws: RightHeight: 5-11Weight: 172Age: 38
2010 salary: $17 million
2010 stats: Batted .316 in 162 games, with 214 hits, 42 stolen bases and a .359 on-base percentage.
Tenth consecutive All-Star season, 10th consecutive 200-hits-plus season, 10th consecutive .300-plus season … “There’s Nothing he can’t do - still,” scout Ken Compton said. “I don’t understand the criticism he takes. He still has a great arm, can still go get the ball, hasn’t lost a step yet. He’s a guy who’s an example - how he prepares, how he’s totally into getting on base and scoring runs - that’s his leadership.”
Ichiro’s 74 runs scored were the lowest of his career and just the second time he hadn’t scored at least 100. With little offense behind him, there were times he pressed on the base paths. Still, he was on base 262 times …
Summing up Ichiro’s 2010
A tough season, emotionally, for a man who doesn’t show his feelings. Teammate and close friend Ken Griffey Jr. departed without a goodbye in June, and for the second time in three years the Mariners lost 101 games. “When you play to win, when you expect to win, losing so many times seems impossible,’ he said late in the year. It wasn’t, but it took a toll on the right fielder.
Looking to 2011
Now 38, Ichiro doesn’t appear to have lost much of his speed - he led the American League again with 59 infield singles last year. “He’s a wonder, no question,” Mets scout Harry Minor said. “You’d never pick a kid who hit like this, but he controls the bat even as he’s running out of the box, and he never seems to hit the ball right at anyone.” Ichiro’s speed, at the plate or on base, remains a factor other teams change their defense for. A Gold Glove defender, a .331 career hitter with a .378 lifetime on-base percentage who collects 200 hit’s a season? If Ichiro drops off a little with age, he’d likely remain an All-Star-caliber player.