During his first decade in the majors, Ichiro Suzuki made 10 All-Star teams and won 10 Gold Gloves, an MVP award and Rookie of the Year honors, compiling a résumé unmatched by anyone in baseball.
His 2,566 hits since 2001 are 329 more than any other player in the majors, yet only three of them have come in a Yankees uniform. That's why when he takes the field Friday night for the first time in pinstripes, the 38-year-old will be looking to establish himself in front of his new home fans.
"I need to prove myself and I need to play to the level that the fans can really enjoy and really think highly of my play," Ichiro said through an interpreter. "I really feel like when I get there, I want to show the fans what I can do."
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