Ichiro Suzuki becomes all-time Interleague Play hit king

Mar 26, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (51) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The career of Ichiro Suzuki has had many highlights which will no doubt result in a place in baseball’s Hall of Fame. On Wednesday, he added another. With a hit against the Oakland Athletics, the Miami Marlins outfielder became MLB’s leader in all-time Interleague Play hits.

Certainly, it’s worth noting that Interleague Play began in 1997. So, those who played even a decent portion of their careers before then would have essentially no chance of topping a list like this. Ichiro’s MLB career began in 2001. In that time, he’s amassed now 3,048 total hits. So, it’s certainly no surprise that he holds a record like this.

The previous record of 364 was held by New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter.

Ichiro will have three more opportunities to pad his record in 2017. The Marlins are scheduled to go on the road for a three game series against the Texas Rangers in July.