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01-27-2013, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Modo View Post
With our third round selection, Brooklyn is pleased to draft not only one of the greatest hitters of all time, but a prolific base stealer as well as a defensive specialist (10 Gold Gloves).

Ichiro Suzuki, RF

> Compiled legendary career in Japan before even setting foot on an MLB diamond
> 2606 career hits (4th fastest to 2500)
> Holds record for most hits in one season (262)
> 2x AL batting champion
> AL MVP and ROTY in 2001 (one of only two to win both in the same year)
> .322 career batting average
I don't buy that "Ichiro could hit 40 home runs if he wanted to!" nonsense (if it's true that he elects to be a slap hitter instead of a power hitter purely out of choice, then he's the dumbest player in baseball history,) but that's still a fantastic pick.

Obviously you can't treat the MLB and the Japanese league as equivalent, but between the two Ichiro has almost 4,000 hits.

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