The Ichiro Suzuki Award

Ichiro was a singular sensation; Jean Segura is the 2018 winner

I’m one of those people who believes that we should honor people when they are alive to enjoy it. I don’t believe in the afterlife, although I do believe if there is an afterlife it’s hosted by Chris Hardwick.

Ichiro Suzuki had 3089 hits in his Major League Baseball career. He also had 1278 hits in Japan. Now, that’s a pretty remarkable career.

Certainly worthy of an award being named for him. “But what award should that be?” I have asked.

Absent a brilliant response from anyone else, I suggest that we give an Ichiro Award each season to the batter who has hit the most singles each season. Here are some Suzuki numbers to justify my decision.

During Ichiro’s MLB career (2001-18), 12 players had 1500+ singles

RkPlayerPAAB1B
HBATm
1Ichiro Suzuki7434693525142862.413SEA,NYY,MIA
2Derek Jeter6094551118532204.400NYY
3Albert Pujols6081543017942367.436STL,LAA
4Adrian Beltre5818539217922265.420LAD,SEA,BOS,TEX
5Juan Pierre5477502017902023.403COL,FLA,CHC,LAD,CHW,PHI,MIA
6Michael Young5409500516892066.413TEX,PHI,LAD
7Miguel Cabrera5380476316382133.448FLA,DET
8Robinson Cano5087473515922001.423NYY,SEA
9Jimmy Rollins5547509415832007.394PHI,LAD,CHW
10Nick Markakis5094462415641891.409BAL,ATL
11Joe Mauer4979442615221856.419MIN
12Placido Polanco4686436615051759.403STL,PHI,DET,MIA

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Nine to Know: Players with most games with at least one single from 2001-18

RkPlayer#Games1BH
1Ichiro Suzuki166125142862
2Albert Pujols135517942367
3Adrian Beltre133217922265
4Derek Jeter128518532204
5Miguel Cabrera121316382133
6Juan Pierre121217902023
7Michael Young119216892066
8Jimmy Rollins117415832007
9Robinson Cano116215922001

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Generated 3/25/2019.

Nine to Know: Players with most singles since 1908

RkPlayer1B
Tm
1Pete Rose3215CIN,PHI,MON
2Ty Cobb2768DET,PHA
3Eddie Collins2631PHA,CHW
4Derek Jeter2595NYY
5Ichiro Suzuki2514SEA,NYY,MIA
6Rod Carew2404MIN,CAL
7Tris Speaker2380BOS,CLE,WSH,PHA
8Tony Gwynn2378SDP
9Paul Molitor2366MIL,TOR,MIN

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Jean Segura wins the 2018 Ichiro Suzuki Award for most singles

RkPlayer1B
Tm
1Jean Segura136SEA
2Whit Merrifield134KCR
3Jose Peraza133CIN
4Lorenzo Cain129MIL
5Trea Turner128WSN
6Nick Markakis126ATL
7Jose Altuve125HOU
8Scooter Gennett125CIN
9Marcell Ozuna122STL

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Generated 3/25/2019.