Posted by Andy on September 24, 2010
Yes, Ichiro has 10 straight 200-hit seasons.
Did you know that in Japan he had 1,278 hits? (This does not include minor-league Japanese hits.)
That puts his professional total at 3,508, which would be good for 6th all-time if they all came in the North American major leagues. It would also put Ichiro just 748 hits of Pete Rose's record for MLB.
Is Rose's record the all-time record? I am somewhat ignorant on Japanese baseball and don't know if anybody playing there has more hits than Rose, plus there's the question of what other leagues we might consider.
While it's not completely reasonable to simply add in Ichiro's hits in Japan to his overall total, I think it's a fairly safe bet that he would have hit just about the same had he played his entire career in MLB. He obviously had no trouble as soon as he came to the Mariners, winning the AL MVP in his first season.