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Mariners make Ichiro Suzuki Special Assistant to the Chairman

Ichiro Suzuki isn’t technically retiring, per se, but he’s not going to be playing for the Seattle Mariners any more after transitioning to a front office role.

The team announced Ichiro will now become the Special Assistant to the Chairman, beginning Thursday.

“We want to make sure we capture all of the value that Ichiro brings to this team off the field,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “This new role is a way to accomplish that. While it will evolve over time, the key is that Ichiro’s presence in our clubhouse and with our players and staff improves our opportunity to win games. That is our number-one priority and Ichiro’s number-one priority.”

In a corresponding roster move, the Mariners are calling up right-handed pitcher Erik Goeddel from AAA Tacoma.

Ichiro finishes his MLB career 21st all-time in MLB history with 3,089 career hits, including 2,542 as a Mariner. He also ranks 1st in hits (2,542), batting (.322), at-bats (7,902), triples (79) and stolen bases (438) in Mariners franchise history.