Thursday, June 16, 2005

Ichiro Redux

Now that Ichiro has crossed one milestone in his American major league career some commentators have questioned whether or not his Japanese statistics should be included should he continue his level of excellence and one day be considered for the Hall of Fame.

My answer to those critics who denigrate Ichiro's prior accomplishments and the quality of ball played in Japan is this: Have you seen any drop off in his performance now that he is competing in the U.S.? If not, suggestions that he amassed a large percentage of hits against inferior competition are insulting in light of his record against "superior" opponents.

No matter who provides the opposition, Ichiro is a terrific player.

1 comment:

That Dude said...

Ichiro might be in the top 3 OF'ers in the game.