Only Al Simmons (1,040 games) and George Sisler (1,048) reached the benchmark faster than Ichiro, whose accomplishment surpassed Ty Cobb's mark of 1,070 games.Mariners manager John McLaren, no stranger to Ichiro's speed on the basepaths, was certainly impressed by the speed displayed in reaching the 1,500-hit plateau.
"You took the word out of my mouth," McLaren said after Sunday's game. "That was quickly, wasn't it?"Seattle's All-Star center fielder is no stranger to hitting records, as he has recorded 200 hits in each of his six seasons with the Mariners, including his record-setting season in 2004, when he set the big league record by recording 262 hits.
He compiled 1,278 hits in the nine seasons he played with the Orix Blue Wave in Japan, but those hits do not count toward his Major League total. Combined, though, he has 2,778 hits in his professional baseball career.
Patrick Brown is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.