Major League Baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki has announced his retirement, effective immediately. Ichiro made the announcement following game two of a special opening series in Japan between his Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics.
He walked off the field in the eighth inning, saluting the crowd and getting hugs from his teammates, according to ESPN.
In a statement, the two-country legend said that he was “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.”
In his Major League Baseball career, Ichiro had 3,089 hits, which all came after having 1,278 in Japan. His combined amount of hits in the two countries is a record.