DENVER – Ichiro Suzuki has gotten his 3,000th career hit in the major leagues, becoming the 30th player to reach the milestone.
The Marlins outfielder did it Sunday with a triple in the seventh inning against Colorado at Coors Field. Miami players came out of the dugout to congratulate Suzuki, and he waved his helmet to acknowledge the cheers.
The 42-year-old Suzuki hit a long drive to right field that carried just beyond the reach of leaping Gerardo Parra. Suzuki joined Paul Molitor as the only players whose 3,000th hit was a triple.
Suzuki was hitless in his first three at-bats of the game before the big hit against Chris Rusin.
Suzuki is in his 16th season in the majors. He got 1,278 hits while playing nine years in Japan before becoming the American League Rookie of the Year and MVP with Seattle in 2001.