Ichiro matches Pete Rose's career hit mark

Create: 06/15/2016 - 14:38

イチローは内野安打を打ちます

Don't know what that means? It’s ok, I’ll tell you.

“Ichiro beats out infield single."

Which is exactly what the seven-time All Star did Wednesday in San Diego.

Ichiro has now tied Pete Rose’s hit mark of 4,256 hits. Ichiro’s hit total tallies up from his stint as a professional in Japan, as well as his time in the MLB. Ichiro is now only 32 hits away from being the 30th player to join the iconic 3,000 hit club.

This record seems to be drawing a lot of attention from viewers as many don’t believe the record should stand. Some of those include the record holder himself.

When asked about Ichiro’s possibility of breaking his record, Rose said, “They’re (MLB) trying to make me the 'Hit Queen.'”

These comments don't seem to bother the 2001 AL MVP as he continued to stay humble about closing in on a record.

“I’m just going out and doing what I do," Ichirio said in an interview from earlier this week. "What I care about is my teammates and people close to me celebrating it together, that’s what’s most important to me."

It seems as if fans won’t bat an eye when Ichiro surpasses Rose’s record, but instead will celebrate more when the talented outfielder reaches the 3,000-hit mark in the MLB. One thing is for sure for the future Hall of Famer, with or without the record, Ichiro could vouch as one of the best hitters to ever walk this planet.

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