44yearold Ichiro Suzuki returning for another baseball season
Ichiro Suzuki's list of milestones is lengthy and now it looks like he's going back to where his brilliant MLB career started. (0:59)
PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Seattle Mariners are bringing back Ichiro Suzuki.
Seattle finalized a one-year deal with 44-year-old Japanese star on Wednesday after several outfielders got hurt. Suzuki underwent a physical in Seattle on Monday.
"The addition of Ichiro gives our team another versatile and athletic outfielder," Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. "His incredible work ethic, preparation and focus will enhance our environment in many ways.
"He's truly one of the great players in the history of the game and his unquestionable presence is a valuable addition, both on the field and in the clubhouse. We're very glad to bring him back home."
Suzuki spent the first 11 major league season with the Mariners, earning 2001 AL Rookie of the Year and MVP, winning a pair of batting titles and becoming a 10-time All-Star. He was traded to the New York Yankees midway through 2012, played parts of three seasons with the Yankees, then spent three seasons with the Miami Marlins.
He has a .312 average and 3,080 hits. Suzuki appeared in 136 games last year and hit .255 with a .318 on-base percentage.
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