TOKYO, JAPAN - The Miami Marlins tonight announced that they have signed free-agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki to a one-year contract. The announcement was made by Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill.
"We are thrilled to have Ichiro Suzuki in a Marlins uniform," said Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. "He is the ultimate professional on and off the field, and will make an excellent addition to our ball club."
Suzuki, 41, became the first Japanese-born position player in MLB history in 2001 with Seattle, following a nine-year career with the Orix Blue Wave in Japan. He is a 10-time MLB All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and three-time Silver Slugger winner, while also winning the 2001 AL MVP and Rookie of the Year awards and the 2007 All-Star Game MVP. Suzuki played 11-plus seasons with the Seattle Mariners before being traded in July, 2012 to the New York Yankees, where he spent the past two-plus seasons.
For his Major League career, Suzuki owns a .317 career average with 2,844 hits, 1,303 runs, 336 doubles, 717 RBI, 487 stolen bases, and a .360 on-base percentage. A two-time AL batting champ (.350 in 2001, .372 in 2004), he led or tied for the Major League lead in hits seven times, matching Pete Rose and Ty Cobb for the most such seasons of all time, while becoming the only player in MLB history to do so in five consecutive seasons (2006-10). In 2004, Suzuki set the modern-day MLB single-season record with 262 hits, breaking George Sisler's record of 257 hits set in 1920. In 2001, Suzuki became just the second player ever to win the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in the same season, joining Fred Lynn (1975).
With the Blue Wave in Japan, Suzuki was a three-time Pacific League MVP, while leading the league in batting average seven straight years (1994-2000) and being named to the Pacific League's "Best Nine" in those seven seasons. Suzuki was born in Kasugai, Japan and is the first Japanese-born player to sign with the Marlins.
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