Ichiro passes Babe Ruth on all-time hits list

Saturday May 23rd, 2015

Miami Marlins rightfielder Ichiro Suzuki collected his 2,874th career Major League hit on Friday, surpassing Babe Ruth to claim sole possession of 42nd on the career hits list.

Ichiro sliced a single to leftfield off Baltimore pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez in the second inning of Friday's 8–5 loss to the Orioles.

Notably, the longtime former Mariner and former Yankee has achieved 2,874 hits despite playing eight seasons in Japan and not starting his American baseball career until 2001. In those eight seasons in Japan, Ichiro racked up an additional 1,278 hits. 

Ichiro's 2,874th hit came just minutes before his former teammate, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, tied Ruth for fourth on the all-time RBI list with 1,992.

Despite the hitting prowess of the 41-year-old outfielder, the Marlins are struggling to win this season, posting a 16–27 record that's tied for the worst in the National League.

- Will Green

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