Ichiro Suzuki has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Miami Marlins and try to reach the 3,000-hit milestone in the majors.
Suzuki, who turns 42 on Oct. 22, is tied for 33rd on the hits list with 2,935. He had 91 in 153 games for the Marlins this season but batted a career-low .229, dropping his career average to .314.
His slugging percentage this year was .279, the lowest among all major league players with more than 300 at-bats. But injuries to other outfielders — including slugger Giancarlo Stanton — made him an everyday player.
Suzuki, a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, pitched for the first time in his 15-year major league career in the Marlins’ season finale Sunday, throwing one inning at Philadelphia.
Suzuki had 1,278 hits in nine professional seasons in Japan. His new deal was announced Tuesday.
Citizens of Japan and fans of baseball were treated to an incredible feat on August 12, 2015 when Hisashi Iwakuma became only the second Japanese born player to throw a no-hitter in a Major League Baseball game.
Hisashi Iwakuma threw his first no-hitter while pitching for the Seattle Mariners against the Baltimore Orioles at home and threw only the fifth no-hitter in Mariners franchise history. He is also the first American League pitcher to throw a no-hitter in almost three years, a feat last performed by his teammate Felix Hernandez.
The only other Japanese born pitcher to throw a no-hitter is Hideo Nomo, the man credited with paving the way for Japanese players in the MLB who threw two in his career, one in 1996 and the other in 2001. It is obviously exciting for Iwakuma to join an elite list of pitchers, but it must be something extra special to share a space in the history books next to Hideo Nomo.
Designed by Japanese artist Kenjiro Sato, the organizing committee for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games has just unveiled its official logo. With its focal point revolving around the letter T, the Olympic emblem looks to represent equality with its precise design.
“The red of the circle represents the power of every beating heart,” says the organizing committee, and that it “reflects the vibrant nature of the city and the welcoming spirit of its citizens,” added Sato.
Japan is known for their slightly skewed sense of humor, and this is a perfect example of it. The premise is of a meticulous sushi master, unsatisfied with the quality of his results. Keen on appeasement, his apprentice, played by Japanese pro skater Matsuo Hiroyuki, ventures out with his skateboard, landing tricks like a pro on his “custom” setup – a deck with a kitchen grater retrofitted to the underside.
The chef then transitions from “grating” rails to Japanese daikon radishes, much to the enjoyment of his sushi master and the fine texture of his new ingredient. The video closes with the context of the video for Bank Time in Circle K convenience stores – “if only your ATM banking service could be this ‘smooth.’”
Having already teamed up with the likes of TWOTHIRDS, Sneakersnstuff and Taka Hayashi earlier in the year, Vans has announced a new forthcoming collaborative effort with Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami.
Known for his vibrant anime-inspired artworks that often incorporate motifs from Japanese traditional and popular culture, Murakami’s personal liking for wearing Vans’ classic Slip-On during work helped bring about this partnership, which will see a premium range of limited edition footwear, apparel and skate decks released in late June.
For more information on this collaboration, pick up the latest issue of the HYPEBEAST Magazine, in which certain details of this upcoming collection were revealed.