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  • What about Ichiro???

    What would Ichiro have to do to make the Hall???

    I noticed that nobody seems to include him in their lists of players who might get there.

    Personally, I think that he'll get there. He started here when he was like 26 or 28 or whatever, so his major league numbers will never be what they could have been. He'll never get 3000 hits, etc. But if he retires even with 1600-1800 hits, do you think baseball writers will overlook his low major league numbers and add in his success in Japan to justify him as Hall worthy??? I think they will... if for no other reason than he was the first Japanese position player here. He broke ground. So I think he'll be in some day... assuming of course he maintains a Tony Gwynn like average.


    What do you think??? Am I crazy? Or is it just too soon?
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  • #2
    If he can maintain or come close to what he has done for the next
    TEN years, HELL ya he'll be in...Say he plays til he is 40yrs old. If maintain 200 hits a year for 12 yrs its 2400 hits (granted he'll probably not maintain that). But he will get over 2,000 hits easy.

    His batting avg. will be very high!!!
    BEST ARM IN THE LEAGUE.
    One of the best defensive outfielders in the game...
    Great speed...

    His only pitch Ichiro can't handle very well is the pictch inside...But
    if you watch his games (like I do, night in and night out). He starting to get to that pitch.. So when he mastered that pitch (and he will) where to you pitch to this guy?????
    "A ball bat is a wondrous weapon." - Ty Cobb

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    • #3
      Hey, maintain his pace, win six more batting titles, be the leading vote getter at the All-Star game and aim for 2500 hits, and he's in.

      It's a looong way from that, though; we'll just have to see.
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      • #4
        He is a long ways from being there and he can not afford to slip in production at all because he will need a very solid consistant career because as you said due to his late start he won't be able to get any of the milestones
        GO CARDINALS!!!!

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        • #5
          Yes, but if he keeps up his current productioon he will almost have 2,500 hits despite so little atbats. After he gets there, he's a lock.

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          • #6
            If maintain 200 hits a year for 12 yrs its 2400 hits (granted he'll probably not maintain that).
            I highly doubt he'll maintain 200 hits for 12 straight years. Wade Boggs had seven straight 200-hit seasons during the early part of his career and if I'm not mistaken, this either tied a record or was a season off from tying it.

            Twelve seasons is asking a lot.
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            • #7
              I highly doubt he'll maintain 200 hits for 12 straight years. Wade Boggs had seven straight 200-hit seasons during the early part of his career and if I'm not mistaken, this either tied a record or was a season off from tying it.
              I agree with that. But if he averages, say, 160-175 over the next eight-ten years (reachable if you think he'll get a couple 220-230 hit seasons in there), do you think he's a Hall of Famer at between 1700-2000 hits, considering his impact and success as the first Japanese position player in the United States?

              I think so, especially because there will likely be many more Japanese players to follow.... and each will be hailed as the "next Ichiro."

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bobfeller:
                "But if he averages, say, 160-175 over the next eight-ten years (reachable if you think he'll get a couple 220-230 hit seasons in there), do you think he's a Hall of Famer at between 1700-2000 hits...?"


                i hope so bobfeller - here's a look at some of his pacific league numbers:


                Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Avg BB SO SB
                1994 OBW 130 546 111 210 41 5 13 54 .385 51 53 29
                1995 OBW 130 524 104 179 23 4 25 80 .342 68 52 49
                1996 OBW 130 542 104 193 24 4 16 84 .356 56 57 35
                1997 OBW 135 536 94 185 31 4 17 91 .345 62 36 39
                1998 OBW 135 506 79 181 36 3 13 71 .358 43 35 11
                1999 OBW 103 411 80 141 27 2 21 68 .343 45 46 12
                2000 OBW 105 395 73 153 22 1 12 73 .387 54 36 21


                accepting that the pacific league is a 'minor league' his 1st 7 full years look fairly impressive to me...winning the batting title each of these seven years...(he did have a 159 at bats combined in 92/93 - before he was 21 - but 1994 was his first full year)

                i've got to believe that some consideration will be given to these outstanding performances - especially in light of how well he's continued to perform in the states...

                whilst for completely different reasons consideration has been given to HOFers that could not play in the 'majors' due to narrow-mindedness, greatness is should be recognized no matter where it is found and the HOF is not exclusively for those that played their entire career in the 'majors - e.g. how many hits did josh gibson have?

                i think he's got to keep that level of performance up there but there is NO reason to expect him not to... he averged 177hits a season (averaging 124 games a season) for seasons - that's massive - i.e. an average of 231 hits over a 162 game season, and we know he can do that...

                so obviously this guy was not just a 'big fish in a little pond' or a 'one-year-wonder' - he's the real deal HOF material and that's without discussing his defensive abilities...



                razors

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                • #9
                  Re: What about Ichiro???

                  Originally posted by bobfeller:
                  He'll never get 3000 hits, etc. But if he retires even with 1600-1800 hits, do you think baseball writers will overlook his low major league numbers and add in his success in Japan to justify him as Hall worthy???"



                  i hope so bobfeller - here's a look at some of his pacific league numbers:


                  Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Avg BB SO SB
                  1994 OBW 130 546 111 210 41 5 13 54 .385 51 53 29
                  1995 OBW 130 524 104 179 23 4 25 80 .342 68 52 49
                  1996 OBW 130 542 104 193 24 4 16 84 .356 56 57 35
                  1997 OBW 135 536 94 185 31 4 17 91 .345 62 36 39
                  1998 OBW 135 506 79 181 36 3 13 71 .358 43 35 11
                  1999 OBW 103 411 80 141 27 2 21 68 .343 45 46 12
                  2000 OBW 105 395 73 153 22 1 12 73 .387 54 36 21


                  accepting that the pacific league is a 'minor league' his 1st 7 full years look fairly impressive to me...winning the batting title each of these seven years...(he did have a 159 at bats combined in 92/93 - before he was 21 - but 1994 was his first full year)

                  i've got to believe that some consideration will be given to these outstanding performances - especially in light of how well he's continued to perform in the states...

                  whilst for completely different reasons consideration has been given to HOFers that could not play in the 'majors' due to narrow-mindedness, greatness is should be recognized no matter where it is found and the HOF is not exclusively for those that played their entire career in the 'majors - e.g. how many hits did josh gibson have?

                  i think he's got to keep that level of performance up there but there is NO reason to expect him not to... he averged 177hits a season (averaging 124 games a season) for 7 seasons - that's massive - i.e. an average of 231 hits over a 162 game season, and we know he can do that...

                  so obviously this guy was not just a 'big fish in a little pond' or a 'one-year-wonder' - he's the real deal HOF material and that's without discussing his defensive abilities and other qualities...



                  razors

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                  • #10
                    whilst for completely different reasons consideration has been given to HOFers that could not play in the 'majors' due to narrow-mindedness, greatness is should be recognized no matter where it is found and the HOF is not exclusively for those that played their entire career in the 'majors - e.g. how many hits did josh gibson have?
                    Yeah, that's what im thinking. I don't think he necessarily has to maintain super numbers. I think 8-10 solid ml years and he's in first ballot (160-170 hits a year, .300 avg.).... just because of who he is, what he means to baseball, and because of those Japan years.

                    I don't know where you dug up those stats, razors, but good info. Its nice to see someone from Chicago agrees with me on something. You all were hating me over my Sammy Sosa takes.

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                    • #11
                      Nope, never ever will he reach HOF numbers.
                      Similar numbers were put up by Kirby Puckett, early in their careers, but Ichiro will never make HOF status.

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                      • #12
                        Similar numbers were put up by Kirby Puckett, early in their careers, but Ichiro will never make HOF status.
                        Why not? That's a conclusion. What's you argument? You gotta back that up. With a guy like Ichiro, you have to look beyond his major league numbers and look to what he means to the game and his success in Japan. You can't just rely on numbers.

                        The Hall of Fame is not based just on major league numbers. Ichiro is such a phenomenon and such an important person (ultimately) in the history of the game, that he'll be in as long as he doesnt just fall apart.

                        And Puckett's a Hall of Famer anyway, so you can't say he has similar numbers to a Hall of Famer, then say he's out.

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                        • #13
                          I too have oftened wondered this very question...

                          I think with abot 2000 hits (on top oh his RoY, MVP (he may still win more), gold gloves, all star selectione etc) Ichiro should be considered seriously for the hall...On top of his ML credentials, he had a stellar career in Japan (the best player over there), he opened the door for other Japanese position players and showed the world that a Japanese player can succeed in the US (and that quality of Japanese baseball was better than minor league calibre).

                          I hope this makes sanse...its been a LONG day!
                          RIP - HGF [1937-2009]

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                          • #14
                            The jury is still out

                            Ichiro is a phenomenal player, and has made a big splash on this side of the Pacific rim. Not since Fred Lynn in '75 has a player garnered both ROY and MVP honors in their first big league season. He doesn't need to pile up milestone numbers that some hall watchers believe to be essential to election. It is far from certain he couldn't possibly fizzle, but if he maintains his stellar performance on the diamond, he will surely be enshrined in Cooperstown. Players don't need to get stats and numbers that end in zero to deserve HOF status, but a few WS and more batting crowns, MVP etc. always look good on the resume.
                            Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words ~Ernie Harwell

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                            • #15
                              1994 OBW 130 546 111 210 41 5 13 54 .385 51 53 29
                              Wow. Am I reading that right? 210 hits in just 130 games? That's pretty damn impressive!
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