Ichiro makes 200 hits look easy; it's not
Only 470 players in MLB history have accomplished feat
When Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki collects hit No. 200 this season, he will be the first Major Leaguer ever to collect 200 hits for nine straight seasons and it will be only the 470th time a player has had 200 hits in a single season since 1900.
It's a tough plateau to crack even for the all-time greats -- Willie Mays and Frank Robinson did it just once, Joe DiMaggio and Cal Ripken Jr. did it twice while Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron had 200 hits just three different times.
And Ichiro still trails Pete Rose in total 200-hit seasons, as the all-time hit king accomplished the feat 10 different times, although his longest streak spanned three years. Nine straight seasons for Ichiro will pass up Ty Cobb, who had 200 hits in eight different seasons, and tie Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig and Paul Waner, who each did it nine different times. Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Keeler (1894-1901) is the only other player to have as many as eight in a row
And to put 470 200-hit seasons in 109 years in perspective, that's an average of about four or five players a year. When Ichiro joined the Mariners in 2001, Alex Rodriguez was the only player in Seattle history to have 200 hits in a season when he accomplished the feat in 1996 and 1998.
Teams such as the Diamondbacks, White Sox, Astros, Braves, Indians, Twins and Brewers haven't had a player have 200 hits in more than 10 years, the Reds haven't seen a player do it since 1977 and the Rays have never had a player reach the mark.
Here is a list of the 470 times a player has had at least 200 hits in a season since 1900.
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