Ichiro strikes out 17 in 147-pitch outing during exhibition game vs. Japanese high school girls team

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Future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki is best referred to as among the most experienced batsmen of his period. The Japanese super star showed up in Major League Baseball in 2001 at the age of 27, and over the next 20 years (or thereabouts), he batted .311 with 3,089 hits, mainly for the Mariners. That’s to state absolutely nothing of his quality in the outfield and on the bases. 

In 2015 as a member of the Marlins, Ichiro included “pitcher” to his MLB file: 

Why are we discussing this now in late 2021? We do so because Ichiro, now 48, just recently went back to the mound in his native Japan to deal with an All-Star group of high school women. Color-tv video footage upcoming? Color-tv video footage upcoming: 

Ichiro ended up striking out 17 on the day, and, as Jason Cockrey mentions, along the method he tossed 147 pitches (!) and peaked at 84 miles per hour with his fastball. At the plate, however, Ichiro was 0 for 3. Let us likewise keep in mind that Ichiro was not scared to declare the within the plate, albeit in breaking-ball style and with all apologies connected: 

Of his getaway, Ichiro stated: 

“I used to pitch in high school. I did pitch in an All-Star Game in Japan. But to be on the mound at a Major League Baseball game, you can say one of my dreams came true today. But I’ll never ask to do that again.”

It states here — deep in the heart of the desolate existing landscape of MLB — that Ichiro must ask to do whatever he desires, a minimum of when it pertains to This, Our Baseball. 

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