Ichiro, at 42, matches Rose’s 4,256 career hit record, nears 3,000 MLB plateau


Ichiro Suzuki singled in the first inning Wednesday for his 4,256th career hit in the Japanese and North American major leagues, matching Pete Rose’s record total in Major League Baseball.

Suzuki reached on a dribbler up the first-base line in Miami’s game at San Diego. Catcher Derek Norris made a sliding attempt to field the ball and throw it in one motion, but Suzuki had already raced past the bag. Suzuki advanced to second on Martin Prado’s single and scored on Christian Yelich’s RBI single.

The sparse crowd gave Suzuki a warm ovation as both teams’ players applauded for Suzuki as well.

Suzuki had 1,278 hits for Orix in Japan’s Pacific League (1992-00) and the rest with Seattle, the New York Yankees and Marlins.

The Miami Marlins outfielder is closing in on the 3,000-hit plateau in his Major League Baseball career, after matching Rose’s hits total. When combining his stats from his career in Japan’s major leagues, Suzuki has 4,256 hits.

How Suzuki’s accomplishment compares to Rose’s record is debatable; 1,278 of his hits came during his nine years with Orix in Japan’s Pacific League.

Suzuki entered Tuesday batting .347 in a part-time role and has 2,978 MLB hits, putting him on pace to become the 30th person to reach 3,000.

Suzuki turns 43 on Oct. 22. Two players were 42 or older when they got No. 3,000: Cap Anson (45) and Rickey Henderson (42).

Here’s a breakdown of each member of the 3,000-hit club, including birthdates and age when reaching 3,000:

PETE ROSE

Hits: 4,256

Birthdate: April 14, 1941

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 37

TY COBB

Hits: 4,191

Birthdate: Dec. 18, 1886

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 34

HANK AARON

Hits: 3,771

Birthdate: Feb. 5, 1934

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 36

STAN MUSIAL

Hits: 3,630

Birthdate: Nov. 21, 1920

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 37

TRIS SPEAKER

Hits: 3,515

Birthdate: April 4, 1888.

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 37

DEREK JETER

Hits: 3,465

Birthdate: June 26, 1974

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 37

HONUS WAGNER

Hits: 3,430

Birthdate: Feb. 24, 1874

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 40

CARL YASTRZEMSKI

Hits: 3,419

Birthdate: Aug. 22, 1939

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 40

PAUL MOLITOR

Hits: 3,319

Birthdate: Aug. 22, 1956

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 40

EDDIE COLLINS

Hits: 3,314

Birthdate: May 2, 1887

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 38

WILLIE MAYS

Hits: 3,283

Birthdate: May 6, 1931

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 39

EDDIE MURRAY

Hits: 3,255

Birthdate: Feb. 24, 1956

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 39

NAP LAJOIE

Hits: 3,252

Birthdate: Sept. 5, 1874

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 40

CAL RIPKEN JR.

Hits: 3,184

Birthdate: Aug. 24, 1960

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 39

GEORGE BRETT

Hits: 3,154

Birthdate: May 15, 1953

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 38

PAUL WANER

Hits: 3,152

Birthdate: April 16, 1903

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 38

ROBIN YOUNT

Hits: 3,142

Birthdate: Sept. 16, 1955

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 36

TONY GWYNN

Hits: 3,141

Birthdate: May 9, 1960

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 39

=DAVE WINFIELD

Hits: 3,110

Birthdate: Oct. 3, 1951

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 41

ALEX RODRIGUEZ

Hits: 3,098

Birthdate: July 27, 1975

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 39

CRAIG BIGGIO

Hits: 3,060

Birthdate: Dec. 14, 1965

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 41

RICKEY HENDERSON

Hits: 3,055

Birthdate: Dec. 25, 1958

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 42

ROD CAREW

Hits: 3,053

Birthdate: Oct. 1, 1945

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 39

LOU BROCK

Hits: 3,023

Birthdate: June 18, 1939

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 40

RAFAEL PALMEIRO

Hits: 3,020

Birthdate: Sept. 24, 1964

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 40

CAP ANSON

Hits: 3,011-x

Birthdate: April 17, 1852

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 45

WADE BOGGS

Hits: 3,010

Birthdate: June 15, 1958

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 41

AL KALINE

Hits: 3,007

Birthdate: Dec. 19, 1934

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 39

ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Hits: 3,000

Birthdate: Aug. 18, 1934

Age when he got 3,000th hit: 38

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