Ichiro Suzuki Drives 3,000th Hit

Ichiro Suzuki
The Associated Press

Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki notched his 3,000 Major League Baseball hit on Sunday.

The historic hit took place after three outs in his previous three at-bats. The future Hall of Famer cracked a triple off of Colorado Rockies reliever Chris Rusin in the seventh. Ichiro scored after the next batsman, Jeff Mathis, hit a single.

The triple helped the Marlins pick up a 10-7 road win at Coors Field.

Ichiro became the 30th MLB player to reach the milestone and the first Japanese player to do so. The MLB hits along with 1,278 in professional baseball in Japan gives the 42-year-old 4,278 total hits in Asia and North America.

“It took a long time for me,” Ichiro told reporters. “Obviously I’ve been feeling this for the past two weeks, and not getting an opportunity to get in there, getting a pinch-hit every night, that was tough. For me, I feel like I should have gotten this two years ago.”