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Friday Round-Up: Seattle Sports Legend Ichiro Suzuki Announces Retirement

Seattle Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki announced his retirement and Seahawks players show their support.


Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's 'out there' for today – Friday, March 22 – about your Seattle Seahawks:

Thank You, Ichiro

It's the bottom of the eighth inning and the Mariners are tied 4-4 with the Oakland Athletics. This time around, your favorite MLB team in navy blue and northwest green is out of their PNW element, playing in the second game of the 2019 Opening Series in the Tokyo Dome. Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki tips his cap to the stands as he is pulled from the game at right field.

The packed crowd responded with a standing ovation as he was greeted on the field with hugs from his teammates during a three-minute walk that signaled to all that his great career had ended. The 45-year-old Seattle sports legend officially announced his retirement after the game, putting a lid on an epic MLB career that began in 2001, and professional baseball career that started in Japan in 1992.

In an article published on, Ichiro was quoted in a statement after the game that he had "achieved so many of my dreams in baseball, both in my career in Japan and, since 2001, in Major League Baseball… (I'm) honored to end my big-league career where it started, with Seattle, and think it is fitting that my last games as a professional were played in my home country of Japan."

A handful of Seahawks players showed their support for the 10-time All-Star in a few different ways, offensive tackle Germain Ifedi retweeting a ‘Thank you’ post from the MLB official Twitter account, as well as linebacker K.J. Wright attending the first game of the Japan series. Sure, I'll say what you're thinking, "Real recognize real."

The Seahawks also posted a few pieces of content across various social platforms recognizing Ichiro's retirement.

Ichiro ended his 19-year career in Major League Baseball with 3,089 hits in the books after having 1,278 during his baseball career in Japan. He played with the Seattle Mariners from 2001 to 2012, went off to play for the New York Yankees and the Miami Marlins for a few years, and then returned back to Seattle to have a second stint with the M's in 2018 and 2019. Coming from a Seattle sports fan and the Seattle Seahawks, thank you, Ichiro.

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