Do you think Ichiro would've surpassed Pete Rose if he started his career in the MLB?
Pete Rose: Total games: 3,562 Life average .303 Hits 4,256
Ichiro Suzuki: Total games: 1,461 Average: .333 Hits 2082
If he didn't get hurt, sure. But Pete Rose's record comes partially from being a great hitter, and partially of just insane longevity (partially, at the end, due to his job of manager of his own team)
17 seasons of 150+ games (not including 2 seasons where he played 148 and 149 games)
20 seasons of 130+ games
He has played in 250 more games, has had almost 2,000 more plate appearances, and had almost 1,700 more at bats than any other player in baseball history.
He played in 620 games after his last season where he had a OPS+ above 100. I don't think teams are willing to do that anymore. I don't see guys like Jeter or Ichiro hanging around 5 years after their last average season.
Last edited by Batmans A Scientist; 05-15-2010 at 08:53 PM.