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08:11 AM ET 06.12 | Teams are making it tough for Ichiro Suzuki to continue his 200-hit streak by playing him shallower all the time. He hasn't hit the ball with any authority this season and is playing poorly in the field to boot. Mariners manager Eric Wedge played him twice at DH last week and did not start him Friday night.

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June 12, 2011  08:43 AM ET

Not exactly your prototypical DH...

June 12, 2011  08:57 AM ET

Is father time starting to catch up with the great Ichiro?

June 12, 2011  08:59 AM ET

Or maybe he was focusing too much on that hot dog eating contest he entered.

June 12, 2011  09:25 AM ET

ummm.......it's not the defense

June 12, 2011  09:33 AM ET

he's just showing his age.

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June 12, 2011  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

That was'nt Ichiro, that was Hedeki Irabu.

It was Ichiro. Google it.

June 12, 2011  10:59 AM ET

The Mariners are a pitiful franchise, this poor guy has been wasted there.

June 12, 2011  11:39 AM ET

he decline has been happeing for a little while now. For some reason Ichiro is an untouchable here so he will never move down in the order (like he should) or take more than 1 day off to clear his head (like he should) as well. He tries too hard to get a hit instead of just taking ball 4, I don't think I have seen him hit the ball farther than half way to the outfield this season and his D is starting to slip. That all probably is him just getting older but we are stuck with it becasue he is a GOD here (at least the owners/GM seem to think so) so nothing is going to change.

June 12, 2011  11:42 AM ET

The decline has been happening for a while now but sicne Ichiro is treated like a GOD here (at least by the owners / GM) he will never move down in the order like he should or take a few days off to clear his head like he should. He needs to start taking ball 4 instead of fouling off 5 pitches in the dirt to then end up tapping it back to the pitcher. I don't think I have seen him hit a fly ball where the outfielder had to take a step back all season. It could be just becasue he is getting old and if thats the case he needs to adjust his game a little (or be told to) but that will never happen since he is an untouchable here.

June 12, 2011  11:45 AM ET

Sorry for the double post. They really need to let you delete these things if you want to.

June 12, 2011  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The Mariners are a pitiful franchise, this poor guy has been wasted there.

I don't know, I admire players (Tony Gwynn comes to mind) who choose to stay with one team, regardless of the team's success, even if they probably could have chased big bucks elsewhere. Maybe it's quality of life, but in any case Ichiro seems to have been content to stay in Seattle. And from the fan's perspective, I think it gives a team an identity if there are at least a couple of guys who "career it" with one team.

June 12, 2011  12:01 PM ET

He could have left a couple times so far but I think he is more than happy here in Seattle.

June 12, 2011  12:12 PM ET

The guy is 37 so it's natural that he slows down. Not sure why someone from the Chicago Tribune even cares.

June 12, 2011  01:20 PM ET

Ichiro burned 'em for a triple last night.


Which is nice....

June 12, 2011  03:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Or maybe he was focusing too much on that hot dog eating contest he entered.

Funny-
Why don't they play him in left- and as far as teams putting a shift on him- obvious this reporter hasn't seen thome or Vlad hit - where they beg to have em hit it to left field.

June 12, 2011  03:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I don't know, I admire players (Tony Gwynn comes to mind) who choose to stay with one team, regardless of the team's success, even if they probably could have chased big bucks elsewhere. Maybe it's quality of life, but in any case Ichiro seems to have been content to stay in Seattle. And from the fan's perspective, I think it gives a team an identity if there are at least a couple of guys who "career it" with one team.

I agree 100%, but they could have done more to help him out.

June 12, 2011  04:36 PM ET

Being the only major league hitter on a major league team for more than a decade would tend to wear you down.
His stats will improve as the year goes on, but he is unlikely to reach the heights of his first decade.
One wonders how much worse the epicly bad Mariners would have been without one of the best players of a generation, all by himself, bulking up their stats on both sides of the ball.

 
June 12, 2011  04:40 PM ET

He's just having a rough season so far. Everybody was questioning Albert Pujols rough start and look what he's been doing lately. Ichiro will come around.

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