Ichiro collected his 3,000th MLB hit Sunday in Colorado and the sports world took notice. Here is what they had to say.
If there was any doubt that Ichiro is a first ballot Hall of Famer, one number should erase that.
That number? 3,000.
In case you weren’t paying attention, the former Mariners star is still churning out hits like it’s 2001, and on Sunday Ichiro collected his most monumental hit of them all — hit No. 3,000. The 42-year-old joined the 3,000-hit club in emphatic fashion, ripping a line drive off the right field wall against Rockies reliever Chris Rusin.
Ichiro becomes the 30th member of baseball’s sacred 3,000-hit club, joining greats like Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays — just to name a few.
Now in his 16th season, Ichiro hasn’t shown many signs of slowing down. He’s hitting .318 in 94 games this season for the Miami Marlins, and has collected 467 hits since leaving Seattle. Of course, the lion’s share of those 3,000 hits came in a Mariners uniform, as he had 2,533 hits before departing for New York in 2012.
Fans and media members around the baseball world took to social media to congratulate Ichiro on his momentous achievement. Here is what they had to say: