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Ichiro Suzuki RFMariners

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Birth Date10-22-1973
Height5' 11"
Weight175 lbs
Age44 years, 5 months, 30 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
0.12014
0.12015
0.92016
-0.22017
-0.12018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2001 SEA 27 157 738 692 127 242 34 8 8 316 30 53 8 4 4 69 56 14 .350 .381 .457 .303 55.9 9.0 6.4
2002 SEA 28 157 728 647 111 208 27 8 8 275 68 62 5 5 3 51 31 15 .321 .388 .425 .293 40.7 7.2 4.8
2003 SEA 29 159 725 679 111 212 29 8 13 296 36 69 6 1 3 62 34 8 .312 .352 .436 .282 34.2 11.2 4.5
2004 SEA 30 161 762 704 101 262 24 5 8 320 49 63 4 3 2 60 36 11 .372 .414 .455 .303 55.8 7.3 6.2
2005 SEA 31 162 739 679 111 206 21 12 15 296 48 66 4 6 2 68 33 8 .303 .350 .436 .276 33.0 13.7 4.7
2006 SEA 32 161 752 695 110 224 20 9 9 289 49 71 5 2 1 49 45 2 .322 .370 .416 .273 33.0 7.6 4.0
2007 SEA 33 161 736 678 111 238 22 7 6 292 49 77 3 2 4 68 37 8 .351 .396 .431 .291 49.3 16.0 6.4
2008 SEA 34 162 749 686 103 213 20 7 6 265 51 65 5 4 3 42 43 4 .310 .361 .386 .273 38.8 12.0 5.1
2009 SEA 35 146 678 639 88 225 31 4 11 297 32 71 4 1 2 46 26 9 .352 .386 .465 .298 42.6 -0.6 4.2
2010 SEA 36 162 732 680 74 214 30 3 6 268 45 86 3 1 3 43 42 9 .315 .359 .394 .278 28.4 -1.8 2.8
2011 SEA 37 161 721 677 80 184 22 3 5 227 39 69 0 4 1 47 40 7 .272 .310 .335 .242 7.9 -11.3 -0.4
2012 NYA 38 67 240 227 28 73 13 1 5 103 5 21 2 1 5 27 14 5 .322 .340 .454 .279 8.1 -4.1 0.4
2012 SEA 38 95 423 402 49 105 15 5 4 142 17 40 0 4 0 28 15 2 .261 .288 .353 .234 -1.6 8.5 0.7
2013 NYA 39 150 555 520 57 136 15 3 7 178 26 63 1 2 6 35 20 4 .262 .297 .342 .240 3.0 -4.8 -0.2
2014 NYA 40 143 385 359 42 102 13 2 1 122 21 68 1 2 22 15 3 .284 .324 .340 .252 6.1 -4.9 0.1
2015 MIA 41 153 438 398 45 91 5 6 1 111 31 51 0 4 5 21 11 5 .229 .282 .279 .218 -6.1 7.4 0.1
2016 MIA 42 143 365 327 48 95 15 5 1 123 30 42 3 2 3 22 10 2 .291 .354 .376 .266 8.5 0.3 0.9
2017 MIA 43 136 215 196 19 50 6 0 3 65 17 35 1 0 1 20 1 1 .255 .318 .332 .234 -3.0 1.0 -0.2
2018 SEA 44 11 33 33 3 7 0 0 0 7 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .212 .212 .212 .139 -3.4 -0.7 -0.4
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2001 SEA MLB 157 738 .303 .271 .334 .437 .265 .369 95 34.9 20.2 -8.2 9.0 9.0 55.9 6.4 55.9 6.4
2002 SEA MLB 157 728 .293 .266 .333 .425 .265 .344 94 25.9 19.4 -7.7 7.2 3.1 40.7 4.8 40.7 4.8
2003 SEA MLB 159 725 .282 .266 .331 .425 .263 .333 97 17 19.7 -7.9 11.2 5.3 34.2 4.5 34.2 4.5
2004 SEA MLB 161 762 .303 .268 .332 .426 .257 .399 102 36.3 22.7 -8.5 7.3 5.3 55.8 6.2 55.8 6.2
2005 SEA MLB 162 739 .276 .264 .324 .415 .259 .316 97 12.3 21.3 -8 13.7 7.4 33.0 4.7 33.0 4.7
2006 SEA MLB 161 752 .273 .271 .332 .427 .255 .348 101 11 22.6 -5.9 7.6 5.3 33.0 4.0 33.0 4.0
2007 SEA MLB 161 736 .291 .268 .331 .418 .262 .389 96 25.2 21.8 1.4 16.0 0.9 49.3 6.4 49.3 6.4
2008 SEA MLB 162 749 .273 .265 .332 .414 .260 .334 98 10.5 21.6 -3.9 12.0 10.6 38.8 5.1 38.8 5.1
2009 SEA MLB 146 678 .298 .264 .329 .420 .258 .384 99 27.6 19.5 -7.3 -0.6 2.7 42.6 4.2 42.6 4.2
2010 SEA MLB 162 732 .278 .257 .321 .403 .255 .353 98 13.5 20.2 -7.5 -1.8 2.2 28.4 2.8 28.4 2.8
2011 SEA MLB 161 721 .242 .255 .315 .400 .257 .295 94 -12.9 19.4 -7.5 -11.3 8.9 7.9 -0.4 7.9 -0.4
2012 NYA MLB 67 240 .279 .251 .318 .400 .258 .337 103 4.6 6.6 -1.8 -4.1 -1.3 8.1 0.4 8.1 0.4
2012 SEA MLB 95 423 .234 .255 .316 .410 .262 .279 91 -10.7 11.6 -4.4 8.5 1.8 -1.6 0.7 -1.6 0.7
2013 NYA MLB 150 555 .240 .250 .313 .394 .261 .285 100 -10.8 14.6 -4.8 -4.8 4.1 3.0 -0.2 3.0 -0.2
2014 NYA MLB 143 385 .252 .249 .309 .384 .259 .346 99 -3 9.9 -3.4 -4.9 2.6 6.1 0.1 6.1 0.1
2015 MIA MLB 153 438 .218 .256 .313 .407 .266 .257 92 -18.1 11.8 -3.4 7.4 3.5 -6.1 0.1 -6.1 0.1
2016 MIA MLB 143 365 .266 .254 .317 .414 .264 .329 91 2.2 10.3 -2.3 0.3 -1.7 8.5 0.9 8.5 0.9
2017 MIA MLB 136 215 .234 .251 .322 .410 .262 .297 94 -5.8 6.3 -0.7 1.0 -2.7 -3.0 -0.2 -3.0 -0.2
2018 SEA MLB 11 33 .139 .212 .273 .316 .207 .241 101 -4.2 1.0 -0.3 -0.7 0.1 -3.4 -0.4 -3.4 -0.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2001 SEA MLB 738 127 242 34 8 8 69 30 53 56 14 .350 .381 .457 .107 .303 55.9 9.0 6.4
2002 SEA MLB 728 111 208 27 8 8 51 68 62 31 15 .321 .388 .425 .104 .293 40.7 7.2 4.8
2003 SEA MLB 725 111 212 29 8 13 62 36 69 34 8 .312 .352 .436 .124 .282 34.2 11.2 4.5
2004 SEA MLB 762 101 262 24 5 8 60 49 63 36 11 .372 .414 .455 .082 .303 55.8 7.3 6.2
2005 SEA MLB 739 111 206 21 12 15 68 48 66 33 8 .303 .350 .436 .133 .276 33.0 13.7 4.7
2006 SEA MLB 752 110 224 20 9 9 49 49 71 45 2 .322 .370 .416 .094 .273 33.0 7.6 4.0
2007 SEA MLB 736 111 238 22 7 6 68 49 77 37 8 .351 .396 .431 .080 .291 49.3 16.0 6.4
2008 SEA MLB 749 103 213 20 7 6 42 51 65 43 4 .310 .361 .386 .076 .273 38.8 12.0 5.1
2009 SEA MLB 678 88 225 31 4 11 46 32 71 26 9 .352 .386 .465 .113 .298 42.6 -0.6 4.2
2010 SEA MLB 732 74 214 30 3 6 43 45 86 42 9 .315 .359 .394 .079 .278 28.4 -1.8 2.8
2011 SEA MLB 721 80 184 22 3 5 47 39 69 40 7 .272 .310 .335 .064 .242 7.9 -11.3 -0.4
2012 NYA MLB 240 28 73 13 1 5 27 5 21 14 5 .322 .340 .454 .132 .279 8.1 -4.1 0.4
2012 SEA MLB 423 49 105 15 5 4 28 17 40 15 2 .261 .288 .353 .092 .234 -1.6 8.5 0.7
2013 NYA MLB 555 57 136 15 3 7 35 26 63 20 4 .262 .297 .342 .081 .240 3.0 -4.8 -0.2
2014 NYA MLB 385 42 102 13 2 1 22 21 68 15 3 .284 .324 .340 .056 .252 6.1 -4.9 0.1
2015 MIA MLB 438 45 91 5 6 1 21 31 51 11 5 .229 .282 .279 .050 .218 -6.1 7.4 0.1
2016 MIA MLB 365 48 95 15 5 1 22 30 42 10 2 .291 .354 .376 .086 .266 8.5 0.3 0.9
2017 MIA MLB 215 19 50 6 0 3 20 17 35 1 1 .255 .318 .332 .077 .234 -3.0 1.0 -0.2
2018 SEA MLB 33 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .212 .212 .212 .000 .139 -3.4 -0.7 -0.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 2517 0.4597 0.4489 0.9018 0.5938 0.3257 0.9389 0.8442 0.0982 1067 0.007765
2009 2422 0.4789 0.4798 0.8795 0.5983 0.3708 0.9150 0.8269 0.1205 997 -0.004682
2010 2678 0.4642 0.4877 0.8798 0.6058 0.3854 0.9256 0.8174 0.1202 1080 0.002783
2011 2436 0.4635 0.4856 0.8952 0.6165 0.3726 0.9296 0.8460 0.1048 1016 0.003933
2012 2259 0.4825 0.4838 0.8957 0.6312 0.3464 0.9317 0.8346 0.1043 923 -0.003479
2013 2036 0.4715 0.4951 0.8532 0.6333 0.3717 0.8947 0.7900 0.1468 800 -0.000195
2014 1498 0.4967 0.4579 0.8265 0.6008 0.3170 0.8837 0.7197 0.1735 654 -0.003659
2015 1628 0.4914 0.4269 0.8964 0.5675 0.2911 0.9295 0.8340 0.1036 786 -0.000783
2016 1444 0.4986 0.4301 0.8390 0.5736 0.2873 0.8765 0.7644 0.1610 0 0.000000
2017 867 0.5006 0.4464 0.8191 0.5576 0.3349 0.8843 0.7103 0.1809 0 0.000000
2018 112 0.5179 0.5000 0.8393 0.6552 0.3333 0.8421 0.8333 0.1607 0 0.000000
Career198970.47720.46880.8750.60270.34620.91530.81020.125826.29270.0005

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-12 2014-05-16 DTD 4 4 - Low Back Soreness - -
2009-08-24 2009-09-01 DTD 8 8 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2009-03-31 2009-04-15 15-DL 15 8 General Medical Illness GI - Ulcer -
2008-07-10 2008-07-10 DTD 0 0 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2007-07-15 2007-07-15 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Contusion HBP -
2006-09-17 2006-09-17 DTD 0 0 Right Lower Leg Contusion HBP -
2005-09-18 2005-09-18 DTD 0 0 Right Elbow Contusion HBP -
2005-09-17 2005-09-17 DTD 0 0 Right Foot Contusion HBP -
2004-08-19 2004-08-20 DTD 1 0 Head Concussion HBP -
2004-04-14 2004-04-14 DTD 0 0 Right Foot Contusion Foul Ball -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 SEA $750,000
2017 MIA $2,000,000
2016 MIA $2,000,000
2015 MIA $2,000,000
2014 NYA $6,500,000
2013 NYA $6,500,000
2012 SEA $18,000,000
2011 SEA $18,000,000
2010 SEA $18,000,000
2009 SEA $18,000,000
2008 SEA $17,000,000
2007 SEA $12,500,000
2006 SEA $12,500,000
2005 SEA $12,500,000
2004 SEA $6,500,000
2003 SEA $4,666,667
2002 SEA $3,696,000
2001 SEA $5,666,667
YearsDescriptionSalary
17 yrPrevious$166,029,334
2018Current$750,000
18 yrPvs + Cur$166,779,334
18 yrTotal$166,779,334

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
17 y 0 dJohn Boggs1 year/$0.75M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2018). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 3/6/18. Performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 150, 200, 250, 300, 350 plate appearances. $0.25M each for 400 PA.
  • 1 year/$2M (2016), plus 2017, 2018 club options. Signed extension with Miami 10/6/15. 16:$2M, 17:$2M club option. Miami exercised 2017 option, added $2M option for 2018 10/5/16. Miami declined 2018 option 11/3/17.
  • 1 year/$2M (2015). Signed by Miami as a free agent 1/15. Performance bonuses.
  • 2 years/$13M (2013-14). Re-signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/13/12. 13:$6.5M, 14:$6.5M.
  • 5 years/$90M (2008-12). Signed extension with Seattle 7/13/07. $5M signing bonus. 08-12: $17M annually. $25M ($5M annually) deferred at 5.5% interest, reducing deal's average annual value to $16.1M (deferred money to be paid in annual installments Jan. 30 beginning year after his retirement). Limited no-trade clause allowing Ichiro to specify 10 clubs to which he may not be traded without his consent. Performance and award bonuses, including $50,000 for All Star selection. Interpreter, trainer, transportation for Spring Training & regular season. 4 annual round-trip airline tickets from Seattle to Japan. Housing allowance: $32,000 in 2008, $33,000 in 2009, $34,000 in 2010, $35,000 in 2011, $36,000 in 2012. Acquired by NY Yankees in trade from Seattle 7/23/12.
  • 4 years/$44M (2004-07). Signed extension with Seattle 12/03 (avoided arbitration). $6M signing bonus. 04:$5M, 05-07: $11M annually. # limited no-trade clause (may block deals to 10 clubs). Award bonuses: $50,000 each for Gold Glove, All Star selection. $1.25M in performance bonuses for plate appearances. $50,000 each for 400 PAs, 2004-06. $0.1M each for 500 & 600 PAs, 2004-06. $0.1M for 400 PAs, 2007. $0.2M each for 500 & 600 PAs, 2007. Housing allowance: $28,000 in 2004, $29,000 in 2005, $30,000 in 2006, $31,000 in 2007. Interpreter, trainer, transportation for spring & regular season. 4 annual round-trip airline tickets from Seattle to Japan
  • 3 years/$14.088 (2001-03). $5M signing bonus. 01:$4M, 02:$2M, 03:$3M. $7M deferred with interest. $4M of bonus, $2M of 2001 salary, $1M of 2003 salary. Full no-trade clause. Performance bonuses: $0.4M each for 200, 250, 300, 350, 450 PAs in 2001. $0.6M each for 200, 250, 300, 350, 450 PAs in 2003. Award bonuses: $0.15M for MVP ($0.2M for 2nd award, $0.25M for 3rd). $0.1M for WS MVP. $75,000 for Rookie of the Year. $50,000 each for LCS MVP, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger. $75,000 for most All-Star votes. $50,000 for most All-Star votes in AL. $50,000 for All-Star start. $25,000 for All-Star reserve. $10,000 moving allowance, plus use of car, trainer, interpreter. 2001-03 housing allowances: $25,000, $26,000, $27,000. Four first-class, round-trip air tickets between Japan & Seattle, twice a year
  • Seattle paid $13.125M for negotiating rights with Ichiro (signed 11/00)
  • Orix of Japan Pacific League posted Ichiro after 2000 season

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .312 .372 .405 .288
11 vs R (Multi) .260 .310 .327 .237
18 Split (Multi) -.052 -.062 -.078 -.052
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 .031
30 vs L (2016) .339 .435 .424 .311
31 vs R (2016) .280 .334 .366 .255
38 Split (2016) -.059 -.100 -.058 -.055
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 .031

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DateQuestionAnswer
2011-11-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Keeping with a Japanese import theme, who are the 5 greatest Japanese MLBers of all time?
(Paul from DC)
Ichiro Suzuki is the clear #1. For #2, I'd go Hideo Nomo, with Hideki Matsui #3. The falloff after that is steep; I'll argue for Hiroki Kuroda as #4 and Takashi Saito #5 based upon peak performance and for not disappointing relative to expectations. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ichiro Suzuki, Hall Of Famer or not?
(Ron from Vancouver)
I think he gets in when his time comes, though I'm a bit less sold on his JAWS merits with the latest round of numbers than I was this summer: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=9416 (Jay Jaffe)
2009-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Joe, Thanks for the chat. Thinking about this questions today: what is the relationship between a high contact rate (90 plus) and walk rate? Is a high contact rate going to suppress walks?
(lagronem from Newark, DE)
Absolutely. A high contact rate will limit the number of deep counts. The low walk rates of Ichiro Suzuki, Nomar Garciaparra, Don Mattingly...that's partly because when they swing they square the ball up. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-12-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's your position on Ichiro Suzuki for the Hall of Fame?
(oira61 from San Francisco)
I'm all for it, because his seven-year peak definitely holds up well next to the average HOFer and his shortened MLB career is a product of externalities that were not of his making. Plus I think he's been a tremendous ambassador for extending baseball's reach and creating new fans. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-10-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Prior to the Ryan Howard era, which players in baseball were most overrated?
(Reed from Des Moines)
Ichiro Suzuki, Derek Jeter, Garret Anderson. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-02-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know that way back when, Hamilton was throwing 95 mph. Is his outfield arm still 80 on the scouting scale?
(Or from Dallas)
A throwing question right off the bat, excellent.

In the essay "Expanding the Cannon" that you'll find in BP2K8 you'll see that among center fielders Josh Hamilton ranked 5th at +3.9 runs saved with his arm. That metric is composed of four components: hit advancement, throwing out runners stretching, fly ball advancement, and "other". Hamilton did well in both hit advancement and fly ball advancement (by virtue of just 4 of 35 runners advancing) although in 145 stretch opportunities he didn't nab anyone.

Of course he did all of this in just 62 adjusted games. In the essay I also describe the rate statistic scaled to 550 opportunities and there he ended up at +8.9 behind a few other guys with limited playing time (for example Jason Lane and Jacque Jones who had 29 and 72 adjusted games in center respectively. Among centerfielders who played more Ichiro Suzuki came out on top at +6.0 in 149 adjusted games with Andruw Jones and Bill Hall next in line.

By all accounts he does have a fine arm but of course in a smaller sample like this I would take these results with a grain of salt. It'll be interesting to see what he does with even more playing time in Texas in 2008. (Dan Fox)


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