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Power Take: Forget what Rose says, Ichiro is worldwide hit king

Neither political party stated a position at its convention, so it’s difficult to know what each candidate thinks about a Japanese guy coming over here and taking all our Hit King jobs.

I’m all for it.

Ichiro Suzuki went into Saturday night two hits shy of 3,000 for his Major League Baseball career.

The 3,000-hit milestone means more in America than what Ichiro did in June. Although relatively little was made of it, Ichiro, who arrived after 1,278 hits in Japan, surpassed Pete Rose’s hallowed record of 4,256 hits.

Rose scoffed about Ichiro’s accomplishment. Rose wondered why minor-league hits should count. I agree with him there. Fringe MLBers such as Randy Bass, Tuffy Rhodes and former Bisons outfielder Alex Ramirez became legends in Japan.

But Ichiro redefined what a hitter should be in the post-steroid era, with 10 straight 200-hit seasons (Rose had 10 total). Ichiro will be 43 in October, but is hitting .335 as Miami’s fourth outfielder.

He wants to play until he’s 50. Long live The King.

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