Ichiro to announce retirement following game in Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 20: Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki #51 and Head coach Scott Servais #29 of the Seattle Mariners celebrate their victory in the game between Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome on March 20, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN — Mariners legend Ichiro Suzuki will announce his retirement following Thursday’s game in Japan.

The 45-year-old outfielder will call it quits after playing in the team’s first two games of the 2019 season. It was first reported by Kyodo News.

Ichiro went 0-for-1 with a walk in Wednesday’s 9-7 victory against the Oakland A’s to open the season. He became the second oldest position player ever to start a season opener.

Ichiro has 4,367 hits over his career in Nippon Professional Baseball and the MLB. He is a 10-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner.

In 2004 he set the record for hits in a single season with 262.

On Wednesday, Ichiro started his 19th season in the majors where he played for Seattle, New York Yankees and the Miami Marlins.

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