By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Ichirō Suzuki retired from Major League Baseball on Thursday. He played his last game against the Oakland Athletics on the 2019 Opening Series at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.
Suzuki, who is commonly known as Ichirō, played the first two games of the season in Japan. News began leaking out on Thursday morning that he would retire after the conclusion of the series.
The 45-year-old left the contest in the eighth inning. Following an at-bat, Ichirō returned to the field.
Before a pitch was made in that inning, Mariners manager Scott Servais removed the legend. He received a standing ovation.
The Kasugai, Aichi, Japan native hugged everyone in the Mariners dugout. He also hugged Yūsei Kikuchi, Japanese pitcher, who made his MLB debut on Thursday, who broke down in tears.
The soon-to-be Hall of Famer even hugged Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., who was with the team in their visit of Japan.
It is not clear if his two-game 2019 season will appear on his record books.
He appeared in 15 games last season with the Mariners. He had nine hits with five runs in 44 at-bats.
In his career, he spent 13-years with the Mariners. He also spent three seasons each with the New York Yankees and the Miami Marlins.
Before coming to the United States, Ichirō spent nine seasons with the Orix Blue Wave. In all, he spent 27-seasons playing professional baseball.
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