Suzuki signs deal to re­main with Mar­lins

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Ichiro Suzuki signed a US$2 mil­lion, one-year con­tract Tues­day to re­main with the Mi­ami Mar­lins in hopes of reach­ing 3,000 hits.

Suzuki, who turns 42 on Oct. 22, is tied for 33rd on Ma­jor League Base­ball’s hits list with 2,935. He also had 1,278 in Ja­pan.

Suzuki had 91 hits in 153 games for the Mar­lins this year but bat­ted a ca­reer-low .229, drop­ping his ca­reer av­er­age to .314. His slug­ging per­cent­age was .279, the low­est among all ma­jor league play­ers with more than 300 at-bats. But in­juries to other out­field­ers, in­clud­ing slug­ger Gian­carlo Stan­ton, made him a reg­u­lar.

Suzuki bat­ted .139 af­ter Aug. 31, and Mar­lins of­fi­cials ac­knowl­edged they played him more than planned. But they be­lieve he’s ca­pa­ble of another pro­duc­tive sea­son.

“He’s in the best shape of any player I’ve seen at any age,” team pres­i­dent David Sam­son said.

Suzuki, a 10-time Gold Glove Award win­ner, pitched for the first time in his 15-year ma­jor league ca­reer in the Mar­lins’ sea­son fi­nale Sun­day, throw­ing one in­ning at Philadelphia.

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