The MLB hits record will probably always belong to Pete Rose. People once said the same thing about Ty Cobb though, and records were made to be broken. But whether Ichiro’s hits in Japan should or should not be added to his MLB hits total is an issue for another day.
What can’t be denied is that Ichiro is knocking at the door of 3,000 hits for his MLB career. That number means a place in baseball immortality, in every era. Cap Anson became the first to record 3,000 hits back in 1895, and the club contains only 29 members. That is, until Ichiro gets there at some point in this season.
With the All-Star Game coming up in a few weeks–and Ichiro still needing 21 hits to reach 3,000– it’s unlikely to happen until late July or even early August. But every hit he gets from here on in will bring him closer to that brightest of all lines in baseball’s history books.
Every Marlins game this season, whether home or away, offers a chance to see one of the game’s all-time greatest hitters in action. And even if you don’t get to see hit number 3,000 in person, the chance to watch as hit number 2, 991 bounces off the outfield wall in a ballpark near you wouldn’t be too shabby, either.
by R. Lincoln Harris