On the ESPN commercials, Albert Pujols is depicted as being a “machine”…
However, with due respect to Phat Albert, I consider Ichiro Suzuki to be more machine-like. Just last week, Ichiro recorded his tenth consecutive season of 200+ hits, tying him with Pete Rose and putting him ahead of one Tyrus Raymond Cobb.
If Ichiro were to retire after this seasons, I would vote him into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Even though he’s only been around in the American game for 10 years, he’s done enough to ensure a place in Cooperstown. I’ve enjoyed watching him play every year since 2001, and I think he really gave baseball a shot in the arm with his exciting play after a bogged-down steroids era of waiting for the three-run homer.