Sweeping the Pirates was really nice to see. Without question though, the feel good baseball moment of August for the Miami Marlins was an eighth inning triple against the Colorado Rockies that pushed outfielder Ichiro Suzuki into an elite company shared by only thirty other players in the history of the game.
After a season’s worth of mounting anticipation that spanned an entire ocean, on August 7th, Ichiro became the 31st player ever to lay claim to having knocked out at least 3000 hits over the course of their MLB career. And to say that it was the biggest milestone ever achieved by a player in a Marlins uniform is to do insult to understatement.
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Individually, of course. No outcries necessary over the team accolades of winning a world championship. Breaking team records? You’d be on shaky ground with a franchise so young, and with such short tenured stars. No-hitters? Case feels stronger if someone had done it more than once. This is it, the ultimate individual milestone in twenty-four years as a franchise.
Does that make him the best player to ever wear a Marlins uniform? I’d say you have a compelling argument on your hands. But where does he slot against those all-time greats, particularly the ones he has passed since we last checked the career hits leaderboard?
Let’s take a look.
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