Now that Spring Training is back and baseball is in the full swing of things, both literally and figuratively, I’m very happy. And already there’s news of the Seattle Mariners looking to sign a veteran outfielder to rotate in until Ben Gamel is healthy again. But what is so cool about this signing is that the veteran outfielder reportedly coming to Seattle, or back to it, is Ichiro Suzuki.
Bob Nightengale first reported that Ichiro and the Mariners are close to an agreement on the one year deal. Obviously this deal is more than just a homecoming, with Ben Gamel going down with an injury, the 44 year old Suzuki gives the Mariners a left-handed outfielder with a consistent bat, at least until Gamel returns healthy.
The International Superstar spent his first 11 seasons with Seattle, from 2001-2012. Although he spent time with the Yankees and the Marlins, it only feels right that Ichiro returns to where his incredible career began. It almost feels as though he never should have left, no disrespect to either team he played for in between stints with the M’s. In his first eleven seasons with Seattle, he won MVP in 2001 and won a Gold Glove Award in the OF every season from 2001-2010. And though his numbers won’t be as great as they were in the 2018 season as they were when his career began, the fans of Seattle should consider themselves incredibly lucky to have the legend likely end his career the same place it began. I know I can’t wait to see him take the field in right in his first game back at Safeco Field.
As always though, Go Sox!!!