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Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Suzuki 鈴 木 一 朗 (born October 22, 1973) is the first Japanese-born position player to play in Major League Baseball. He played nine years with the Orix Blue Wave[?] in Japan's Pacific League, and led the league in batting average for a record seven consecutive seasons. He was a three-time league MVP.

Rights to Ichiro's contract were bought by the Seattle Mariners before the 2001 season. He won the American League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards in 2001, hitting .351 and leading the American League in hits and batting average.

Suzuki is a left handed batter and as of the 2002 season played Right Field for the Mariners.

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