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9.18.2008

ichiro's eighth straight 200-hit season

Ichiro Suzuki rules. Last night, the Seattle Mariners center fielder tied Willie Keeler's major league record of eight consecutive 200-hit seasons: Ichiro ties Keeler's record with 8th straight 200-hit season.

He tied the long-standing record, set by Keeler from 1894-1901, with an infield single in the eighth inning for his third hit of the night against Kansas City. It was another one of those beat-the-throw-by-a-half-step hits Ichiro is so good at.

When they announced his feat over the PA, the Kansas City crowd gave him a standing ovation. This guy is arguably the best leadoff hitter in the major league. Another 200 hits, accomplished in 151 games this season. And I have no doubt Ichiro will do it again next season and break that record.