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slomo007 wrote:It is just crazy to think about what his numbers could have been like had he played in America his whole career.
I group him and Griffey into the same group....tremendous players which will put up HOF stats but we'll always wonder what could have been.
Suzuki is in the final year of a four-year, $41 million contract and had vowed before the season to explore free agency, but reports surfaced the last two days that he is close to an extension with the Mariners for five years and nearly $100 million. He was coy after the game.
"You'll find out sometime," he said.
He continued his playful banter with the media – a horde that included about 200 Japanese reporters. Asked how many home runs he could accumulate if he tried to hit them all the time, he said: "If I was allowed to hit .220, I could probably hit 40."
lane_anasazi2 wrote:Thinking about how he's going to age, I'd mention a couple things:
1. Generally (all else being equal), "fast" players age better (less sharp decline) than "power" players. There was a great article on this on the Hardball times...I'd link but if you're sufficiently interested just go and search for it.
2. Ichiro keeps himself in better shape than anyone in baseball.
I think it's less of a stretch than you think. Barring injury, it's not a lock, but I say a greater than 50% chance.
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