No longer a player, he’s required to leave the bench when games begin, but he sneaked into the dugout in disguise on Thursday.

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NEW YORK — Just who was that guy sitting on the Mariners bench, the odd fellow with the bushy mustache, shades and a hoodie?

Wait a second — it was Ichiro!

Now a team executive, Ichiro donned a Bobby Valentine-style disguise and sneaked into the Mariners dugout Thursday to watch a bit of the action at Yankee Stadium.

Exactly as he hinted, in fact.

“He was perfect. I never would have known it was him,” Valentine texted to The Associated Press.

Officially, Suzuki isn’t allowed to be in the dugout during games under Major League Baseball rules. The 44-year-old outfielder with 3,089 career hits came off the Seattle roster in early May and moved into the team’s front office as a special assistant to the chairman.

Ichiro has been taking part in pregame drills and batting practice in a role similar to a coach. But he’s required to leave the bench when games begin, and that’s when he takes his place in the clubhouse — usually, anyway.

AP photographer Bill Kostroun spotted Ichiro with his face nearly covered by a fake mustache, sunglasses and a gray hoodie drawn tight over his head during the first inning as the Yankees hit a pair of two-run homers.

He sat in the middle of the dugout, in the back row, in his shorts and occasionally crouched down while the Yankees swung away. He was gone by the second inning of Seattle’s 4-3 loss that completed a New York sweep.

On the day it was announced Ichiro was moving into an off-field job, he predicted this might happen. “I can’t say for certain that maybe I won’t put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout.”

In 1999, the excitable Valentine was ejected from a game he was managing for the New York Mets. He was tossed in the 12th inning, but soon put on a fake mustache and sunglasses and returned to the dugout in disguise.

Valentine was later suspended for two games and fined $5,000.

The longtime manager liked Ichiro’s creativity.

“One of the biggest honors of my life,” Valentine said. “I was going to send him a set, but he didn’t need it.”