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Ichiro Suzuki RFMariners

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
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Birth Date10-22-1973
Height5' 11"
Weight175 lbs
Age45 years, 1 months, 19 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
-0.52014
0.92015
0.62016
-0.12017
0.02018
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2001 SEA 27 157 738 242 34 8 8 30 53 8 56 14 .350 .381 .457 97 0.4 9.0 9.0 3.2
2002 SEA 28 157 728 208 27 8 8 68 62 5 31 15 .321 .388 .425 104 6.0 3.1 7.4 3.0
2003 SEA 29 159 725 212 29 8 13 36 69 6 34 8 .312 .352 .436 94 -1.9 5.3 11.0 2.6
2004 SEA 30 161 762 262 24 5 8 49 63 4 36 11 .372 .414 .455 116 20.7 5.3 7.8 4.7
2005 SEA 31 162 739 206 21 12 15 48 66 4 33 8 .303 .350 .436 104 8.2 7.4 13.9 4.3
2006 SEA 32 161 752 224 20 9 9 49 71 5 45 2 .322 .370 .416 103 8.4 5.3 7.6 3.7
2007 SEA 33 161 736 238 22 7 6 49 77 3 37 8 .351 .396 .431 108 12.1 0.9 16.2 5.1
2008 SEA 34 162 749 213 20 7 6 51 65 5 43 4 .310 .361 .386 93 -1.8 10.6 12.0 3.9
2009 SEA 35 146 678 225 31 4 11 32 71 4 26 9 .352 .386 .465 111 13.2 2.7 -0.6 2.8
2010 SEA 36 162 732 214 30 3 6 45 86 3 42 9 .315 .359 .394 91 -3.6 2.2 -1.8 1.0
2011 SEA 37 161 721 184 22 3 5 39 69 0 40 7 .272 .310 .335 81 -12.3 8.9 -11.3 -0.3
2012 NYA 38 67 240 73 13 1 5 5 21 2 14 5 .322 .340 .454 88 -2.0 -1.3 -4.1 -0.3
2012 SEA 38 95 423 105 15 5 4 17 40 0 15 2 .261 .288 .353 84 -5.7 1.8 8.5 1.3
2013 NYA 39 150 555 136 15 3 7 26 63 1 20 4 .262 .297 .342 80 -10.2 4.1 -4.8 -0.1
2014 NYA 40 143 385 102 13 2 1 21 68 1 15 3 .284 .324 .340 76 -8.8 2.6 -4.9 -0.5
2015 MIA 41 153 438 91 5 6 1 31 51 0 11 5 .229 .282 .279 75 -10.6 3.5 7.4 0.9
2016 MIA 42 143 365 95 15 5 1 30 42 3 10 2 .291 .354 .376 94 -1.0 -1.7 0.3 0.6
2017 MIA 43 136 215 50 6 0 3 17 35 1 1 1 .255 .318 .332 79 -4.7 -2.7 1.0 -0.1
2018 SEA 44 15 47 9 0 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 .205 .255 .205 73 -1.3 0.9 -0.2 0.0
Career265110728308936296117646107955509117.311.355.402965.067.874.435.8

Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2001 SEA MLB 157 738 .271 .334 .437 .369 94 37.2 22.0 -8.2 97 14 9.0 9.0 0.4 3.2
2002 SEA MLB 157 728 .266 .333 .425 .344 94 27.2 21.0 -7.7 104 14 7.4 3.1 6.0 3.0
2003 SEA MLB 159 725 .266 .331 .425 .333 97 17 19.7 -7.9 94 12 11.0 5.3 -1.9 2.6
2004 SEA MLB 161 762 .268 .332 .426 .399 102 36.3 22.7 -8.5 116 13 7.8 5.3 20.7 4.7
2005 SEA MLB 162 739 .264 .324 .415 .316 97 12.3 21.3 -8 104 15 13.9 7.4 8.2 4.3
2006 SEA MLB 161 752 .271 .332 .427 .348 101 11 22.6 -5.9 103 10 7.6 5.3 8.4 3.7
2007 SEA MLB 161 736 .268 .331 .418 .389 96 25.2 21.8 1.4 108 16 16.2 0.9 12.1 5.1
2008 SEA MLB 162 749 .265 .332 .414 .334 98 10.5 21.6 -3.9 93 15 12.0 10.6 -1.8 3.9
2009 SEA MLB 146 678 .264 .329 .420 .384 99 27.6 19.5 -7.3 111 13 -0.6 2.7 13.2 2.8
2010 SEA MLB 162 732 .257 .321 .403 .353 98 13.5 20.2 -7.5 91 12 -1.8 2.2 -3.6 1.0
2011 SEA MLB 161 721 .255 .315 .400 .295 94 -12.9 19.4 -7.5 81 16 -11.3 8.9 -12.3 -0.3
2012 NYA MLB 67 240 .251 .318 .400 .337 103 4.6 6.6 -1.8 88 14 -4.1 -1.3 -2.0 -0.3
2012 SEA MLB 95 423 .255 .316 .410 .279 91 -10.7 11.6 -4.4 84 16 8.5 1.8 -5.7 1.3
2013 NYA MLB 150 555 .250 .313 .394 .285 100 -10.8 14.6 -4.8 80 10 -4.8 4.1 -10.2 -0.1
2014 NYA MLB 143 385 .249 .309 .384 .346 99 -3 9.9 -3.4 76 18 -4.9 2.6 -8.8 -0.5
2015 MIA MLB 153 438 .256 .313 .407 .257 92 -18.1 11.8 -3.4 75 13 7.4 3.5 -10.6 0.9
2016 MIA MLB 143 365 .254 .317 .414 .329 91 2.2 10.3 -2.3 94 15 0.3 -1.7 -1.0 0.6
2017 MIA MLB 136 215 .251 .322 .410 .297 94 -5.9 6.3 -0.7 79 15 1.0 -2.7 -4.7 -0.1
2018 SEA MLB 15 47 .247 .312 .411 .243 98 -4.5 1.3 -0.4 73 24 -0.2 0.9 -1.3 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2001 SEA MLB 738 692 127 242 34 8 8 316 69 30 53 56 14 .350 .381 .457 .107 4 4
2002 SEA MLB 728 647 111 208 27 8 8 275 51 68 62 31 15 .321 .388 .425 .104 5 3
2003 SEA MLB 725 679 111 212 29 8 13 296 62 36 69 34 8 .312 .352 .436 .124 1 3
2004 SEA MLB 762 704 101 262 24 5 8 320 60 49 63 36 11 .372 .414 .455 .082 3 2
2005 SEA MLB 739 679 111 206 21 12 15 296 68 48 66 33 8 .303 .350 .436 .133 6 2
2006 SEA MLB 752 695 110 224 20 9 9 289 49 49 71 45 2 .322 .370 .416 .094 2 1
2007 SEA MLB 736 678 111 238 22 7 6 292 68 49 77 37 8 .351 .396 .431 .080 2 4
2008 SEA MLB 749 686 103 213 20 7 6 265 42 51 65 43 4 .310 .361 .386 .076 4 3
2009 SEA MLB 678 639 88 225 31 4 11 297 46 32 71 26 9 .352 .386 .465 .113 1 2
2010 SEA MLB 732 680 74 214 30 3 6 268 43 45 86 42 9 .315 .359 .394 .079 1 3
2011 SEA MLB 721 677 80 184 22 3 5 227 47 39 69 40 7 .272 .310 .335 .064 4 1
2012 NYA MLB 240 227 28 73 13 1 5 103 27 5 21 14 5 .322 .340 .454 .132 1 5
2012 SEA MLB 423 402 49 105 15 5 4 142 28 17 40 15 2 .261 .288 .353 .092 4 0
2013 NYA MLB 555 520 57 136 15 3 7 178 35 26 63 20 4 .262 .297 .342 .081 2 6
2014 NYA MLB 385 359 42 102 13 2 1 122 22 21 68 15 3 .284 .324 .340 .056 2
2015 MIA MLB 438 398 45 91 5 6 1 111 21 31 51 11 5 .229 .282 .279 .050 4 5
2016 MIA MLB 365 327 48 95 15 5 1 123 22 30 42 10 2 .291 .354 .376 .086 2 3
2017 MIA MLB 215 196 19 50 6 0 3 65 20 17 35 1 1 .255 .318 .332 .077 0 1
2018 SEA MLB 47 44 5 9 0 0 0 9 0 3 7 0 0 .205 .255 .205 .000 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 2517 0.4597 0.4489 0.9018 0.5938 0.3257 0.9389 0.8442 0.0982 0.0078
2009 2422 0.4789 0.4798 0.8795 0.5983 0.3708 0.9150 0.8269 0.1205 -0.0047
2010 2678 0.4642 0.4877 0.8798 0.6058 0.3854 0.9256 0.8174 0.1202 0.0028
2011 2436 0.4635 0.4856 0.8952 0.6165 0.3726 0.9296 0.8460 0.1048 0.0039
2012 2259 0.4825 0.4838 0.8957 0.6312 0.3464 0.9317 0.8346 0.1043 -0.0035
2013 2036 0.4715 0.4951 0.8532 0.6333 0.3717 0.8947 0.7900 0.1468 -0.0002
2014 1498 0.4967 0.4579 0.8265 0.6008 0.3170 0.8837 0.7197 0.1735 -0.0037
2015 1628 0.4914 0.4269 0.8964 0.5675 0.2911 0.9295 0.8340 0.1036 -0.0008
2016 1444 0.4986 0.4301 0.8390 0.5736 0.2873 0.8765 0.7644 0.1610 0.0000
2017 867 0.5006 0.4464 0.8191 0.5576 0.3349 0.8843 0.7103 0.1809 0.0000
2018 160 0.4938 0.4688 0.8267 0.6329 0.3086 0.8400 0.8000 0.1733 0.0000
Career199450.47710.46860.87480.60270.34600.91520.81000.12520.0005

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. Released by Seattle 5/3/18, with Suzuki serving as special assistant in front office for remainder of 2018 season.
  • 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 DRC+
10 vs L (Multi) .312 .372 .405 ?
11 vs R (Multi) .260 .310 .327 ?
18 Split (Multi) -.052 -.062 -.078 ?
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 ?
30 vs L (2016) .339 .435 .424 ?
31 vs R (2016) .280 .334 .366 ?
38 Split (2016) -.059 -.100 -.058 ?
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 ?

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DateQuestionAnswer
2018-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)DRC+ seems like a really good step toward understanding how much success hitters truly had, after accounting for a lot of circumstantial/environmental variables. Despite how impressive it is, what do you think its biggest shortcomings are? What, if any, improvements do you think would be a likely next step forward?
(drewcorb from Owatonna, MN)
Jonathan Judge has an upcoming article that will address this in a much better way than I ever could, but I think there will be some refinements regarding high-average, high-BABIP, singles hitters. Like, say, Rod Carew, Ichiro Suzuki, and Tony Gwynn. Hitters like that - all-time greats, but with unique, extreme skill sets - are always tough to evaluate. We'll have more good stuff about DRC+ later this week. (Aaron Gleeman)
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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