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Ichiro Suzuki is greated by the fans in Seattle with a standing ovation, video tribute in 6-1 loss to the Mariners

Ichiro Suzuki is greated by the fans in Seattle with a standing ovation, video tribute in 6-1 loss to the Mariners

Ichiro Suzuki received a rousing ovation Monday for his first at-bat in Safeco Field as a member of the 3,000-hit club, per ESPN.com and other wire services.

The Japanese star spent his first 11½ American seasons with Seattle, getting 2,533 hits before heading to the New York Yankees and Miami Marlins.

He batted ninth for Miami on Monday in his first appearance at Safeco since June 12, 2014, when he was with the Yankees.

In his second season with the Marlins last year, Suzuki collected his 3,000 hit to join the hallowed fraternity. He currently sits 25th on the all-time list with 3.031 hits, 22 hits away from tying Rod Carew for 24th on the list. He would need 85 hits to pass Alex Rodriguez to move into 20th all time.

The salute to their former player was something the Marlins players were proud to be a part of and was echoed by Miami manager Don Mattingly.

"He deserves everything he gets," Mattingly said. "He's been a great player. He's been a great player for a long time. And obviously he started his career in the States here. It was nice to see that."

With the Mariners leading 3-0, Suzuki grounded out to second to end the third inning. Suzuki grounded out three times as his average dipped to .067 with one hit in 15 at-bats. The Marlins lost 6-1.

the Mariners had a pregame video tribute for him on the scoreboard, followed by an introduction at home plate with several former Seattle teammates and current players. Suzuki also had 1,278 hits in nine seasons in Japan.

"You know it's been three years since I've been back," Suzuki said through a translator. "To get that warm reception that I did get, and with the ceremony and with having the guys come out, Edgar [Martinez] and Felix [Hernandez] and [Kyle] Seager and [Hisashi] Iwakuma come out, just grateful. Grateful to them and grateful to the fans. ... It's been so long.

"I could have been forgotten but for them to do that for me I was very thankful," he said. "It kind of reaffirms that this is a special place."


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