He Would Be Japan’s First Hall-Of-Famer
COOPERSTOWN – If Dominicans have bolstered Hall of Fame Induction crowds in recent years, a similar boost may occur in 2025 from the other side of the globe.
After a 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariner Ichiro Suzuki today announced he’s retiring, setting off predictions that after Mariano Rivera, a member of the Hall’s Class of 1919, the 45-year-old from Japan will be the Baseball Writers of America’s second unanimous pick for Induction into Cooperstown’s Hall of Plaques.
He would be the first player from Japan to be inducted, and thus is expected to draw a large crowd from his homeland to the Upstate New York village.
The hard-hitting left fielder announced his decision to take a job in the Mariners’ front office at the end of the two-day series in the Tokyo Dome.