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Ichiro Suzuki, the 45-year-old Major League Baseball superstar, announced on Thursday, March 21, that he is putting to rest his baseball bat after having played 9 years in Japan and on his 19th season in the United States. Although he had originally said he was going to play until he was 50, he told his teammates at Seattle Mariners on March 21 that it was going to be his last game. The news leaked, and the player sporting number 51 left the field after his last play to a tumultuous round of applause. The Mariners won 5-4 after three innings. Suzuki, more commonly known as just "Ichiro," started his career in professional baseball in 1992 with the Orix BlueWave in Kobe, and in Major League in 2001 with the Seattle Mariners. In his first season, he took the baseball world to a storm by achieving record hits for a rookie (242), winning American League Rookie of the Year, AL MVP award, and AL battling awards. He was the only player in history to achieve all three awards in one season. Full story

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