Miami Marlins rightfielder Ichiro Suzuki may be one of the greatest hitters in MLB history, but he has never been known for his power. Still, his hitting coach, all-time home run leader Barry Bonds, thinks he could easily win the home run derby.
According to Bonds, Suzuki shows more power than anyone else on the team during practice, including Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna, who each have 17 home runs this season.
“He hits more home runs than anyone in batting practice ... every day,” Bonds said via Fox Sports. “I said, ‘You know what? You got to stop hitting all of these home runs.’ He said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘Because you’re wasting them all in practice. We want you to hit a home run in a game.’
“I think he hits all of his home runs in batting practice so he can get all his hits.”
Suzuki has not hit a home run this season and has hit only two since the start of the 2014 season. He recorded his highest home run total in 2005, hitting 15 that season.
The 42-year-old currently sits 10 hits away from reaching the 3,000 mark for his career in MLB.