The legendary Ichiro got it over with early. Sitting on 3,999 career hits over his nine years as a pro in Japan and 13 more with the Mariners and Yankees, Ichiro slapped a trademark single in the bottom of the first inning off Toronto’s R.A. Dickey to tally his 4,000th career hit over 20 years and two continents.
He is still a long ways off of Pete Rose’s Major League record of 4,256, despite the prestigious territory Ichiro now finds himself in. The hit served as his 2,722nd in America, which is good enough to pass Lou Gerhig.
It should also be good enough for the Hall of Fame.
[Photos via Debbie Wong-USA Today Sports, H/T: Deadspin]