Even at 50 years outdated, Ichiro Suzuki remains to be wowing followers on the baseball discipline.
These days, the long run Hall of Famer is giving again to the baseball neighborhood in his dwelling nation by educating the subsequent technology of Japanese gamers. Two weeks in the past, he dropped by a highschool to offer some ideas and hit a house run that shattered a classroom window. (The faculty employed a contractor to rigorously take away the window with out damaging it additional in order that it could possibly be preserved as a memento of the legend’s go to.)
This week, Ichiro was at it once more. On Tuesday, he and a group of former professionals took on a an all-star group of excessive schoolers in an exhibition recreation on the Tokyo Dome. The recreation was only for enjoyable, however Ichiro nonetheless performed to win. He pitched for his group and utterly dominated, throwing a complete-game shutout on 116 pitches. He allowed 5 hits and two walks whereas placing out 9.
50-year-old Ichiro Suzuki pitched a complete-game shutout on 116 pitches in opposition to a highschool women group in the present day. He had 9 strikeouts, topping out at 86 MPH
He went 2-for-5 on the plate with a double pic.twitter.com/p1Mu1PiOWN
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) November 21, 2023
Despite choosing up 4,367 mixed profession hits in Japan and the majors, Ichiro was nonetheless positioned within the conventional pitcher’s spot within the lineup, ninth. He picked up two hits within the recreation. Former MLB pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka was essentially the most notable of Ichiro’s teammates. He batted cleanup and performed shortstop.
This is the second time Ichiro has performed an exhibition recreation in opposition to a women group on the Tokyo Dome. The first recreation final 12 months was conceived as a technique to increase feminine participation within the sport.
Ichiro additionally threw an entire recreation in final 12 months’s recreation, placing out 14. But he did give up a run within the first inning after permitting a triple to An Morisaki.
“I was watching Ichiro’s pre-game batting practice,” Morisaki mentioned after the sport. “I tried to imitate it and was able to get a hit.”