The Marlins decided to keep Giancarlo Stanton out of the lineup for Wednesday’s afternoon game in San Diego, and as a result, Ichiro Suzuki started in right field.
He first tied Pete Rose on the all-time hit list and surpassed that mark with a single in the ninth inning of Miami's 6-3 loss.
"It's not about the record or anything. It's my teammates & my fans, the way they reacted – that meant a lot to me." pic.twitter.com/lc4ERZVRiN— #VoteMarlins (@Marlins) June 15, 2016
Regardless of whether or not you believe hits from Japan should be added to Ichiro’s U.S. total, his success continues to prove a larger point. With Stanton in the midst of one of the worst slumps in his professional career, Suzuki continues to produce regularly for the Marlins.
Over 54 games this season, Suzuki is batting .347 to complement nine RBIs and six stolen bases. His WAR is above one (1.1) for the first time since he batted .262 with the Yankees in 2013.
As Suzuki continues to thrive, Manager Don Mattingly will likely continue to find ways to have his bat in the lineup.